Last Thursday (17 August 2017) the Northern Territory Government passed the Alcohol Harm Reduction Bill 2017 which brings back the "Banned Drinker Register" (the BDR) a measure the NT Attorney General said: "is the government delivering on a key election commitment to Territorians to reduce alcohol related harm and make our community safer". The proposed legislation also repeals the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Act and the Alcohol Protection Orders Act two pieces of legislation enacted under the former CLP Government which had been criticised as being “discriminatory” alcohol related laws and said, by human rights groups, to unfairly target Indigenous people.
In Julian Knight v The State of Victoria & Anor  HCA 29 (17 August 2017) the High Court of Australia has in a unanimous decision held, answering a question posed in a special case, that section 74AA of the Corrections Act 1986 (Vic) (the Corrections Act) is not invalid on the ground that it is contrary to Chapter III of the Commonwealth Constitution.
There have been some significant appointments around the country for the month of August 2017. These include a new Chief Justice for the Victorian Supreme Court; New Chief Executive of the Australian Financial Security Authority and Inspector-General in Bankruptcy in Commonwealth; Reappointment of the ACCC Deputy Chair; New Western Australian Police Commissioner and New Chair of Legal Aid WA.
On 6 June 2017, the Victorian Legislative Assembly introduced the Oaths and Affirmations Bill 2017 [VIC] (The Bill) which has the aim of re-enacting and modernising the law relating to oaths, affirmations, affidavits and statutory declarations, to establish a scheme for the certification of copies of documents, to repeal divisions 1 to 11 of part IV and part V and repeal or amend other provisions of the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1958, to make consequential amendments to the Evidence Act 2008, the Constitution Act 1975, the Interpretation of Legislation Act 1984 and other acts and for other purposes.
On 28 July 2017, there were two important announcements regarding appointments, firstly the appointment of the Acting President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) before the commencement of the new President's term in three months; and, additionally, three new magistrate appointments in NSW.
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