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 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.
Today (17 August 2017), the High Court has allowed an appeal from a decision of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in the case of Forrest & Forrest v Wilson  HCA 30. A majority of the High Court held that the requirement in s 74(1)(ca)(ii) of the Mining Act 1978 (WA) ("the Act") that an application for a mining lease shall be accompanied by a mineralisation report imposed a condition precedent to the exercise of the powers conferred on various statutory officers under ss 74A(1) and 75(4), and on the Minister under s 75(6), to progress the application through to a grant.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has revealed that the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CommBank) sold CreditCard Plus insurance for credit card repayments to 65,000 customers between 2011 and 2015 who were either students or unemployed and were unlikely to meet the employment criteria and would be unable to claim the insurance.
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).
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