On 5 September 2018, the South Australian Attorney-General (the Hon VA Chapman) introduced the Summary Offences (Liquor Offences) Amendment Bill 2018 (the Bill) into the SA Parliament. A version of the Bill that was introduced by the former Government lapsed before the last election - (the Summary Offences (Liquor Offences) Amendment Bill 2017). The former Bill had broader powers for the search of vehicles in specific areas which are not included in the current Bill.
On Wednesday 17 October 2018, the Western Australian Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations, Mr Bill Johnston (the Minister), introduced the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Amendment Bill 2018 (WA) (the Bill) into Parliament. The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 (32 of 2006) [WA] (the Act) in order to implement the recommendations of a statutory review undertaken in accordance with section 96 of the Act which provides for a review of the operation of the Act to be carried out by the Minister as soon as practicable after the end of the period of a five years beginning on the commencement of the Act. The Bill is seeking to implement recommendations aimed at improving certainty of contract and fair dealings between long stay parties and the owners of residential parks. The Bill also proposes amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA) (the RTA).
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (‘the TPP-11’) is an international free trade agreement signed by 11 countries on 8 March 2018. The signatories are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam.
On 17 October 2018, the Australian Senate referred an inquiry into credit and financial services to the Senate Economics References Committee, with a report due by 22 February 2019.
In a recent Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ( “ACCC”), the consumer advocate has called for strengthening of Australia’s Franchising Code of Conduct (the “Code”) in an effort to "better protect franchisees, including a significant increase in penalties for breaches [of the Code], and requiring improved and more meaningful information disclosure to franchisees."
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