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.
The High Court has handed down its decision in Transport Accident Commission v Katanas  HCA 32. The High Court dismissed an appeal from the Transport Accident Commission concerning the narrative test of serious injury under section 93(17) of the Transport Accident Act 1986 (VIC).
In the recent case of ACCC v We Buy Houses Pty Ltd  FCA 915 (11 August 2017), the Federal Court has found that We Buy Houses Pty Ltd (We Buy Houses) and its sole director, Mr Otton, made false or misleading representations in promoting a number of wealth creation strategies involving real estate.
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.
On 10 August 2017, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) announced two new reviews into Federal police powers related to counter-terrorism - specifically, a review into police stop, search and seizure powers, control order regime and preventative detention order regime; and a review of the 'declared area' provisions.
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