The Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill 2017 (NSW), introduced into the House of Assembly on 9 August 2017 by Mr Brad Hazzard, Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, received Assent on Wednesday, 20 September 2017, and has now been enacted as the Public Health Amendment (Review) Act 2017 (Act No 43 of 2017) (the Act).
On Tuesday, 19 September 2017, the Fines Reform Amendment Bill 2017 (‘the Bill’) was introduced into the Legislative Assembly by the Victorian Attorney General and Minister for Racing, the Honourable Martin Pakula. In essence, the Bill will amend the Fines Reform Act 2014 ('the Act'), as well as a number of other related Acts, to establish a scheme devised to aid people who are the victims of family violence and who have consequently come into contact with the infringement system.
On 15 February 2017, the Senate referred the issue of transvaginal mesh implants to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report. The inquiry has been travelling around Australia to hear testimony from stakeholders on the issues.
On Thusday 4 August 2017 the Financial Services Minister Kelly O'Dwyer introduced into the Senate the Superannuation Laws Amendment (Strengthening Trustee Arrangements) Bill 2017 (Cth) (the Bill). A key proposal of the Bill is provisions to force industry boards to ensure that a third of trustees are independent and that an independent chairman is also appointed.
Last week (14 September 2017), the Senate passed the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017 (the Bill) with amendments, which will now be considered by the House of Representatives. The Bill was introduced in June and amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth) ("the BSA"). Presented with the Commercial Broadcasting (Tax) Bill 2017, the Bill is part of a number of comprehensive reforms, announced by the Government on 6 May 2017. The aim of this package of reforms is the improvement of the sustainability of Australia’s free-to-air broadcasting sector.
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