On 16 August 2017, the Federal Government introduced the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2017 (Cth) (the Bill) into the House of Representatives. The Bill was referred to a Senate Committee inquiry on 17 August 2017 and that Committee reported on 12 October 2017. The Bill went through its second reading and passed through the House of Representatives on 16 October 2017 and was introduced into the Senate on 17 October 2017. The key purpose of the Bill is to amend the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (Cth) (the Registered Organisations Act) to respond to the recommendations made by the Heydon Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.
On Thursday 11 October 2017 the Minister for Agriculture and Food in WA, the Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC, introduced the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2017 (WA) (the Bill) into the Legislative Council. The Bill makes amendments to the Animal Welfare Act 2002 (WA) (the AW Act) enabling WA to legally enforce national welfare standards for livestock so bringing WA in line with the rest of the country, excluding the ACT.
The NSW Government has introduced a bill to amend the Fair Trading Act 1987 (NSW) that aims to combat ticket scalping, and introduce rules about the expiry of gift cards. The Fair Trading Amendment (Ticket Scalping and Gift Cards) Bill 2017 was introduced into the NSW Legislative Council on 11 October 2017 by Mr Scot MacDonald, on behalf of the Hon. Sarah Mitchell. The Bill is part of a suite of “Consumer First” reforms currently being proposed by the NSW Government.
On Wednesday, 11 October 2017, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia (FCAFC) released its reasons for upholding the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for full-time and part-time workers. In their decision, the FCAFC, consisting of Justices North, Tracey, Flick, Jagot and Bromberg, held that the legal basis for the FWC’s decision was correct and therefore, in making its review of the awards system, the FWC met its legal obligations.
The Tow Truck and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (Qld) (the Bill) was introduced into the Parliament in August 2017 and then referred, under Standing Order 131, to the Public Works and Utilities Committee (the Committee) for detailed consideration. The committee has reported, as required, by 5 October 2017, recommending generally the the Bill should be passed.
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