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Senate Committee Releases Report on Inquiry into Press Freedom

Tuesday 25 May 2021 @ 10.27 a.m. | IP & Media | Legal Research

On 19 May 2021, the Environment and Communications References Committee ('the ECRC') published its report regarding its inquiry into press freedom (‘the Report’). The inquiry was referred to the ECRC by the Senate on 23 July 2019.

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QLD Introduces Defamation (Model Provisions) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

Thursday 29 April 2021 @ 7.59 a.m. | IP & Media | Legal Research | Torts, Damages & Civil Liability

The Defamation (Model Provisions) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (Qld) (‘the Bill’) was introduced into the Queensland Legislative Assembly on 20 April 2021 by Shannon Fentiman, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice (‘the Minister’). The Bill seeks to introduce amendments to implement the Model Defamation Amendment Provisions 2020 (‘MDAPs’), which were agreed to in July 2020 by the Attorneys-General of all States and Territories.

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CTH Online Safety Bill referred to Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Tuesday 9 March 2021 @ 8.43 a.m. | Crime | IP & Media | Legal Research

On 25 February 2021, the Online Safety Bill 2021 (Cth) (‘the Bill’) was referred to the Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee. A report from the Committee is due on 11 March 2021. The Bill was introduced to the House of Representatives by Mr Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts (‘the Minister’) on 24 February 2021. The Bill seeks to strengthen the national approach to online safety for children and adults by proposing to establish a “cyberabuse take-down scheme”, largely through the granting of new, more expansive powers to the eSafety Commissioner.

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CTH Bill to Amend Australia's Registered Designs System

Tuesday 8 December 2020 @ 12.59 p.m. | IP & Media | Legal Research

On 2 December 2020, the Federal Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator Michaelia Cash, introduced the Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020 (Cth) (“the Bill”) into the Senate.

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SA Introduces Major Defamation Law Reform Bill

Tuesday 6 October 2020 @ 1.06 p.m. | IP & Media | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

The Defamation (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2020 (SA) (the Bill) was introduced into the SA Parliament on 24 September 2020 by Attorney-General, the Hon V A Chapman. The Bill amends the Defamation Act 2005 (SA) and the Limitation of Actions Act 1936 (SA). According to the Attorney-General, the Bill was developed co-operatively with all other Australian jurisdictions and is the first substantial amendment to the Defamation Act since it was initially passed in 2005. The Bill is described by the Attorney-General as a "major milestone in Australian defamation law".

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