The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs are holding an inquiry into ‘the growing presence of inauthentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and craft products and merchandise for sale across Australia’. The inquiry was referred by Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion. The Committee is currently taking submissions on the terms of reference, asking for responses by Friday 6 October 2017.
Yesterday (9 August 2017) the Commonwealth Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, announced that the government had accepted all the recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) made in the Committee's advisory report of 30 June 2017 on the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (Cth) (the Bill).
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)].
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