Rogue jurors are an increasing problem to the legal system in Australia and abroad, which still in general adheres to the view that ". . . a jury trial based on the judgment of ones peers" is the best way to dispense justice. The key problem however, remains, as it probably has always been, keeping jurors in a position where their judgment will be balanced and fair and not influenced by extraneous and tainting factors, like the Internet and Social Media.
Reponses to the passing of Carly’s Law, a law designed to protect minors from misuse of carriage services, centre on a need to overhaul Australia’s approach to image-based sexual crimes. Specifically, it is the use of a carriage service to share explicit images which has been the subject of much debate, colloquially referred to in the media as ‘revenge porn’. Australia’s current approach to revenge porn is piecemeal, leaving children and adult victims vulnerable.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has filed a cross-appeal in relation to two findings in a Federal Court decision on false or misleading representations made by Valve to Australian consumers about consumer guarantees via its online gaming platform Steam, which is allegedly in breach of the Australian Consumer Law (the ACL) [Sch 2 to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)].
Recently, we reported on the deliberations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry and its report into the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (the RD Act) and into the operation of the Australian Human Rights Commission (the AHRC) (see Section 18C - Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry Reports). That inquiry came down with a rather uncommitted set of findings which have now found their way into the Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (Cth) (the Bill), which was introduced in to the Senate by the Attorney General, Senator George Brandis (the AG), on 22 March 2017.
The Federal Government has introduced the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017 into Parliament. The Bill contains a number of provisions designed to improve access to copyrighted material for people with disabilities, to reform and modernise library, archive and educational institution exemptions, and to align the term of protection for unpublished material with the term of protection for published material. The Bill was introduced into the House of Representatives on 22 March 2017 by Minister for Urban Infrastructure, Mr Paul Fletcher.
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