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Queensland Government Bulletin

06 July 2020

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In the media

Trad school corruption probe highlights 'serious issues' in public service culture, Premier says
Annastacia Palaszczuk says the state's corruption watchdog has revealed serious problems inside the Education Department bureaucracy and the matter is being referred to the Public Service Commissioner (03 July 2020).  More...

Judicial Inquiry into hotel quarantine program
Premier Daniel Andrews announced today that The Honourable Jennifer Coate AO will head the inquiry, which will examine the operation of Victoria’s hotel quarantine program for returning travellers (02 July 2020).  More...

Victoria Police officer convicted following IBAC investigation Operation Ithaca
A former Victoria Police Sergeant, Robert Beckingham, was convicted and sentenced at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court to a $7,500 fine after pleading guilty to a charge of unauthorised access to police information contained on the LEAP database that related to nine different persons (01 July 2020).  More...

Victorian workplace manslaughter laws now in effect
Workplace manslaughter is now a criminal offence in Victoria with tough new laws introduced by the Victorian Government coming into effect. Negligent employers now face fines of up to $16.5 million and individuals face up to 25 years in jail (01 July 2020).  More...

Concerns re risk of heavy-handed policing in Melbourne hot spots
Extraordinary police measures being used to enforce lock downs in Melbourne virus hot spots must be measured and be culturally appropriate (01 July 2020).  More...

70 per cent don’t trust govt on personal data
An international survey has found Australians are highly distrustful of government surveillance and data collection, especially in relation to COVID-19 (29 June 2020).  More...

In practice and courts

OAIC: Part 9 of the FOI Guidelines (Internal review)
The OAIC seeks comment from interested stakeholders on the content, guidance, readability and accessibility of the updated Part 9 of the FOI Guidelines. The closing date for comments is 23 July 2020 (01 July 2020).  More...

OAIC COVID-19 Advice and Guidance
We have developed advice and guidance on privacy and freedom of information in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak for individuals, Australian Government agencies and organisations covered by the Privacy Act 1988 (30 June 2020).  More...

Law Council of Australia Submissions
26 June 2020— Law Council
Inquiry into Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology
16 June 2020— Law Council
Litigation funding and the regulation of the class action industry

ACMA position paper: Misinformation and news quality on digital platforms in Australia
A position paper to guide code development—includes a model code framework for consideration, including objectives and outcomes to be achieved for the benefit of Australian users of digital platforms. The ACMA anticipates to have in place a single, industry-wide code by December 2020. The position paper, Misinformation and news quality on digital platforms in Australia - A position paper to guide code development has been published on the ACMA website.

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is seeking submissions in relation to its terms of reference. QLS is currently focussing on the Rights and Attitudes, Education and Learning, Employment, First Nations People with Disability and Emergency Planning and Response Issues Papers. Member feedback is welcomed by 8 July.

New Law Council of Australia Guidelines - Equitable Briefing Policy
The Law Council’s portal for the annual reporting by Equitable Briefing Policy adoptees (Policy adoptees) will soon open on 1 July 2020. To assist in this process, the Law Council has updated its Equitable Briefing Policy Reporting Template and Guidelines in response to feedback from previous reporting periods. Policy adoptees have until 30 September 2020 to provide their annual report, and will be updated once the portal is opened on 1 July 2020.

Annual Federal Courts and Tribunals Fee Increases from 1 July 2020 - Amended Notice
The Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department has advised that, due to a number of small errors identified in the Annual Federal Courts and Tribunals Fee Increases Gazette Notice published on 9 June 2020, an amended notice has been published in the Government Notices Gazette on 29 June 2020 setting out the new fees payable from 1 July 2020. View the amended notice 

AAT: Changes to AAT application fees on 1 July 2020
Application fees in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal have increased on 1 July 2020 (01 July 2020).  More...

AAT bulletin
The AAT Bulletin is a weekly publication containing a list of recent AAT decisions and information relating to appeals against AAT decisions, including immigration and citizenship
Issue No. 18/2020, 29 June 2020.  More...

High Court of Australia
High Court of Australia Bulletin [2020] HCAB 04 (17 June 2020).  More...

Current APH Inquiries and Consultations

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee
Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020 [Provisions]
Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2019 [Provisions] and Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2019 [Provisions] Report by 20 November 2020
Native Title Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 [Provisions]

Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee
Inquiry into domestic violence with particular regard to violence against women and their children
Nationhood, national identity and democracy
On 23 March 2020 the committee's reporting date was extended to 9 September 2020

Intelligence and Security Legislation Amendment (Implementing Independent Intelligence Review) Bill 2020
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is calling for submissions on the Intelligence and Security Legislation Amendment (Implementing Independent Intelligence Review) Bill 2020. Further information on the bill can be found here. On 23 March 2020 the Senate extended the committee’s reporting date to 14 October 2020.

Australian Bushfires Disaster Emergency Declaration — Understanding your privacy obligations
The Attorney-General has made the Privacy (Australian Bushfires Disaster) Emergency Declaration (No. 1) 2020 (the emergency declaration) under Part VIA of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). The emergency declaration was made in response to bushfires in Australia resulting in death, injury and property damage occurring from August 2019 into 2020.The emergency declaration expires on 20 January 2021. 

Queensland

Annual report 2019-20 feedback survey
Open until 30 June 2021, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
By taking a minute to complete this survey, you will help us improve our annual reports so readers can use them more effectively Annual report 2019-20 feedback survey

An investigation into allegations relating to the appointment of a school principal
CCC: tabled in State Parliament 02 July 2020
This investigation uncovered several practices that should be a concern to all Queenslanders, and in particular all public sector employees. More...

CCC strategic plans
This is the CCC Strategic Plan for 2020 - 2024. This plan outlines and highlights the CCC's objectives, strategies and performance indicators. The CCC's previous Strategic Plans can be viewed and downloaded below (30 June 2020).  More...

Feedback closes for latest Terms of Reference: review of penalties for assaults on police and other frontline emergency service workers, corrective services officers and other public officers
Council would now be turning its attention to producing the final report which is due to the Attorney-General by 31 August 2020. Submissions will be made available prior to the final report being publicly released in September 2020. Preliminary submissions are available on the Council’s website (02 July 2020). 

New series breaks down appeal cases of interest
The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council is taking a closer look at sentencing with its new *Case in Focus series, breaking down Court of Appeal judgments in an easy to understand way (25 June 2020).  More...

QAO Report No 16: 2019-20: Licensing builders and building trades
In this audit we assessed whether the Queensland Building and Construction Commission effectively regulates the building industry by issuing and managing licences in a fair and balanced way (23 June 2020).  More...

QAO Advice: Increased scrutiny of going concern
COVID-19 has affected the cash flows of many public sector entities. Their ability to earn revenue may have decreased, potentially permanently, and they are implementing cost reduction strategies (26 June 2020).  More...

OIC Qld: Queensland Law Reform Commission table report on surveillance and privacy
The Queensland Law Reform Commission (QLRC) tabled Report No 77, Review of Queensland’s laws relating to civil surveillance and the protection of privacy in the context of current and emerging technologies, in Parliament on 29 June 2020 (30 June 2020).  More...

OIC Qld: RTI and IP Annual Report 2018-19 tabled in Parliament
On 19 June 2020, the Attorney-General tabled the 2018-19 Right to Information and Information Privacy report in Queensland Parliament (23 June 2020).  More...

Queensland Human Rights Commission—new online tool for reporting racism
The Queensland Human Rights Commission has launched a new online tool to help people report incidents of racial abuse, discrimination and vilification. For more information, please visit the QHRC website.

Court fees and charges
The fees payable in the federal courts and tribunals will increase from 1 July 2020 to reflect changes to the consumer price index over the past financial year. This is an automatic increase provided by the relevant fees regulations.  A copy of a notice published in the Government Notices Gazette on 9 June 2020 setting out the new fees payable can be found here.

Published - articles, papers, reports

Ombudsman's recommendations - third report
Victorian Ombudsman: 30 June 2020
The report revisits recommendations made between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020. It reflects the significant progress made in many cases by agencies, and discusses instances where further work still needs to be done.  More...

VAGO Annual Plan 2020-21
VAGO plays a key role in promoting confidence in the public sector. We conduct audits to ensure that public sector entities are transparent and accountable to the Victorian Parliament and the community (24 June 2020).  More...

Justice Melissa Perry, 'Statements of Reasons: Issues of Legality and Best Practice' (2020)
Speech concerning the provision of reasons, interpreters, and unrepresented litigants.  More...

Quality Assurance Framework and Plan 2020–21
ANAO: 03 July 2020
The Quality Assurance Plan component of this document identifies the key activities that the ANAO conducts to provide the Auditor-General with comfort that the controls established within the Quality Assurance Framework are implemented and operating effectively.  More...

ANAO Corporate Plan 2020–21
ANAO: 01 July 2020
The corporate plan is the ANAO’s primary planning document. Our strategic planning process allows us to continually improve practices and capabilities to demonstrate value in the delivery of services to the Parliament. The corporate plan is complemented by the annual audit work program, which reflects the ANAO’s audit strategy for the coming year. More...

Management of the Australian Government’s Lobbying Code of Conduct — Follow-up Audit
ANAO: 26 June 2020
The objective of this audit was to examine the effectiveness of the Attorney-General’s Department’s implementation of the recommendations from Auditor-General Report No.27 of 2017–18, Management of the Australian Government’s Register of Lobbyists.  More...

Referrals, Assessments and Approvals of Controlled Actions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
ANAO: 25 June 2020
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s administration of referrals, assessments and approvals of controlled actions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.  More...

Implementation of ANAO and Parliamentary Committee Recommendations — Education and Health Portfolios
ANAO: 25 June 2020
The audit objective was to examine whether selected entities in the Health and Education portfolios implemented the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit and other parliamentary inquiry report recommendations and agreed ANAO performance audit recommendations.  More...

Management of Agreements for Disability Employment Services
ANAO: 24 June 2020
The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Social Services’ arrangements for managing Disability Employment Services provider agreements.  More...

Audit insights: Fraud control arrangements
ANAO: 24 June 2020
Audit Insights covered nine focus areas: Risk assessment; planning; prevention, awareness and training; third party arrangements; detection; investigation; quality assurance and review; reporting and culture.  More...

ANAO performance audits
Due to table: June, 2020 Open for contribution Administration of financial disclosure requirements under the Commonwealth Electoral Act
Due to table: June, 2020 Open for contribution Management of the Australian Government's Register of Lobbyists — follow-up

Gender Equity Insights 2020: delivering the business outcomes
Rebecca Cassells,Alan Duncan; Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre: 19 June 2020
This 2020 report makes an important contribution to the evidence that increasing the share of women in leadership leads to subsequent improvements in company performance.  More...

Civil society after COVID: on re-building a virtuous civic culture
Peter Kurti; Centre for Independent Studies: 17 June 2020
Australia faces an unprecedented economic and social challenge. In addition to economic recovery, the equally crucial work of civic repair is required as part of the social transition out of the Covid-19 pandemic.  More...

Cases

Clifford Chance Lawyers and National Competition Council (Freedom of information) [2019] AICmr 26
Freedom of Information — Scope of the request — Whether reasonable steps taken to locate documents — Whether documents subject to legal professional privilege — (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 24A and 42. 

'SO' and Services Australia (Freedom of information) [2020] AICmr 25
Freedom of Information — Whether a practical refusal reason exists — Whether the request consultation process was followed — Whether work involved in processing the request would substantially and unreasonably divert the resources of the agency from its other operations —(CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 24, 24AA, 24AB and 55D.  

Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Australian Federal Police (Freedom of information) [2020] AICmr 23
Freedom of Information — Whether disclosure would have adverse effect on management or assessment of personnel — Whether contrary to public interest to release conditionally exempt documents — (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 11A(5), 47E(c).  

'SC' and Services Australia (Freedom of information) [2020] AICmr 20
Freedom of Information — Whether a practical refusal reason exists — (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 24, 24AA, 24AB and 55D – myhealth records

Jackson Gothe-Snape and Services Australia (Freedom of information) [2020] AICmr 19
Freedom of Information — Whether material in documents irrelevant to the request — Whether reasonable steps taken to locate documents — Whether documents brought into existence for the dominant purpose of briefing a Minister on a Cabinet document — Whether disclosure of documents would reveal a Cabinet deliberation or decision — Whether documents contain deliberative matter prepared for a deliberative purpose — Whether contrary to the public interest to release conditionally exempt documents — (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 11A(5), 22, 24A, 34(1)(c), 34(3) and 47C 

'SB' and Services Australia (Freedom of information) [2020] AICmr 18
Freedom of Information — Whether a practical refusal reason exists — (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 24, 24AA, 24AB and 55D 

'SA' and Department of Home Affairs (Freedom of information) [2020] AICmr 17
Freedom of Information — Whether disclosure would cause damage to the security of the Commonwealth — Whether disclosure would have a substantial adverse effect on the proper and efficient conduct of the operations of an agency — Whether disclosure of personal information unreasonable — Whether contrary to the public interest to release conditionally exempt documents — (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 11A(5), 33(a)(i), 47E(d) and 47F 

'RX' and Australian Securities and Investments Commission (Freedom of information) [2020] AICmr 16
Freedom of Information — Whether reasonable steps taken to locate documents — Whether disclosure would have a substantial adverse effect on the proper and efficient conduct of the operations of an agency — (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982, ss 11A(5), 24A and 47E(d)

Nguyen v The Queen [2020] HCA 23
Appeal allowed. Evidence – Criminal trial – Mixed statements – Where appellant interviewed by police prior to being charged – Where appellant made inculpatory and exculpatory statements during interview ("mixed statements") – Where recorded interview relevant and admissible – Where recorded interview not tendered by prosecution at trial – Whether prosecution's obligation to put case fully and fairly requires tender of records of interview containing mixed statements. Evidence (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 (NT), ss 59(1), 81, 190.

Broadlex Services Pty Ltd v United Workers' Union [2020] FCA 867
INDUSTRIAL LAW — appeal from Local Court of NSW — meaning of “employment is terminated” in s 119(1) of Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) — CONTRACTS — effect of termination of contract of employment on employment relationship
STATUTORY INTERPRETATION  — meaning of “employment is terminated” in s 119(1) of Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) 

Mohamed trading as Billan Family Day Care v Secretary, Department of Education, Skills & Employment [2020] FCA 900
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW  – purpose and scope of s 15 of the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (Cth) – principles governing the grant of a stay – whether an undertaking as to damages is required

Nationwide News Pty Limited v Rush [2020] FCAFC 115
DEFAMATION – appeal from judgment in respect of three publications found to be seriously defamatory – seven separate defamatory imputations – award of damages including interest totalling $2,872,753.10 – on appeal, apprehension of bias grounds wholly abandoned – whether the primary Judge erred in finding that two of the publications conveyed one of the pleaded imputations – whether the Judge erred in rejecting the appellants’ defence of justification, on the basis of credibility findings – whether the primary Judge had disavowed reliance on witness demeanour in making the credibility findings – whether the Judge erred in finding that the evidence of the appellants’ primary witness was unreliable –whether the Judge erred in finding that the evidence of the primary witness concerning the incidents alleged by the appellants was uncorroborated – whether the Judge erred in finding that a text sent by the respondent to the appellants’ primary witness was not inappropriate – whether the Judge erred in refusing leave to the appellants late in the trial to amend their filed defence so as to raise new particulars of justification.
DAMAGES – assessment of damages for non-economic loss – proper construction of s 35 of the Defamation Act –whether the decision of the Victorian Court of Appeal in Bauer Media Pty Ltd v Wilson (No 2) [2018] VSCA 159; 3 VR 111 is plainly wrong – argument raised for the first time on appeal – whether expedient in the interests of justice to entertain argument – Bauer Media not shown to be plainly wrong.
DAMAGES – assessment of damages for non-economic loss
EVIDENCE – whether opinion evidence of witnesses who knew the respondent was admissible DAMAGES – assessment of damages for economic loss
EVIDENCE – principles in Jones v Dunkel –
DAMAGES – assessment of damages for future economic loss – choice of period over which future loss of earning capacity estimated – application of Malec v J C Hutton Pty Ltd [1990] HCA 20; 169 CLR 638 – no error by Judge in estimating future economic loss.
Evidence Act 1995 (Cth) ss 44, 66, 69, 135, 140; Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) ss 37M, 37N, 47A(1); Federal Court Rules 2011 (Cth) r 2.32; Defamation Act 2005 (NSW) ss 3(a), 6, 25, 28, 29, 34, 35, 36

Symbolic Resources Pty Ltd v Kingham & Ors [2020] QSC 193
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – JUDICIAL REVIEW – GROUNDS OF REVIEW – ERROR OF LAW – whether the Land Court decision involved errors of law in relation to the construction and application of s 265(11) of the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld) – whether the respondent’s objection was a ‘properly made objection’ pursuant to ss 265(11) and 260 of the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld) – where an objection is duly served upon delivery of the objection pursuant to s 399(2) of the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld) and s 39A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1954 (Qld) – where service of an objection upon the applicant within the objection period is not a mandatory requirement of s 260 of the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld)
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – JUDICIAL REVIEW – GROUNDS OF REVIEW – ERROR OF LAW – whether the Land Court considered matters not included in an objection in contravention of s 268(3) of the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld) – where the Land Court exceeded its jurisdiction by entertaining a matter not included in an objection
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – JUDICIAL REVIEW – GROUNDS OF REVIEW – ERROR OF LAW – whether the Land Court decision had jurisdiction under s 269(4) of the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld) to consider matters dealt with under a separate statutory regime – whether the Land Court considered the adequacy of the applicant’s environmental authority conditions
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – JUDICIAL REVIEW – GROUNDS OF REVIEW – PROCEDURAL FAIRNESS – HEARING – NATURE OF HEARING – NEW MATTER ARISING IN COURT - where the applicant was self-represented in the initial Land Court proceedings – where the Land Court allowed a new witness to give evidence without prior notice to the applicant – whether the applicant was given a reasonable opportunity to adduce evidence in response to this new evidence – whether the Land Court adequately assisted the applicant as a self-represented litigant – whether the applicant was given the opportunity to make an effective choice – whether this amounts to a breach of procedural fairness
Acts Interpretation Act 1954 Qld s 39A(1)(b), s 39A(2)

R v Mrkajic & Panic [2020] QDC 132
CRIMINAL LAW – APPEAL AND NEW TRIAL – APPEAL AGAINST SENTENCE – GROUNDS FOR INTERFERENCE – SENTENCE MANIFESTLY EXCESSIVE OR INADEQUATE – WHETHER ERRORS ESTABLISHED – where the appellants pleaded guilty to computer hacking, fraud, and receiving – whether the Magistrate erred in his approach to sentence – whether the Magistrate misapplied R v Stroia [2011] QCA 317 – whether the Magistrate erred in imposing imprisonment on the counts of receiving – whether the parity principle breached – whether the sentences are manifestly excessive Justices Act 1886 Qld ss 222, 223

Allwood v Sundin, Chung, Greaves & Anor [2020] QSC 188
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – JUDICIAL REVIEW – PROCEDURE AND EVIDENCE – EXTENSION OF TIME – where, from 2008 until 21 July 2014, the applicant suffered a work related psychiatric/psychological injury (the “first injury”) and later, from 22 July 2014 until January 2015, suffered a work related aggravation of a pre-existing psychiatric/psychological injury (the “second injury”) – where the Medical Assessment Tribunal – Psychiatric assessed the applicant’s degree of permanent impairment from the first injury at four percent, which meant that he was ineligible to seek common law damages in relation to that injury – where the applicant is out of time to bring an application for judicial review – where the applicant’s explanation for the delay is that he was not initially aggrieved by the decision, but became aggrieved upon receipt of a psychiatrist’s report which made it clear that his claim for damages as a result of the second injury could not be such that would compensate him for the psychiatric injury that he suffered during his employment – whether there has been a satisfactory explanation of the applicant’s delay – whether the grant of an extension would be fair and equitable in the circumstances – whether there are merits in the applicant’s grounds of review
Judicial Review Act 1991 Qld s 7, s 20, s 24

Symbolic Resources Pty Ltd v Kingham & Ors [2020] QSC 193
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – JUDICIAL REVIEW – GROUNDS OF REVIEW – ERROR OF LAW – whether the Land Court decision involved errors of law in relation to the construction and application of s 265(11) of the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld) – whether the respondent’s objection was a ‘properly made objection’ pursuant to ss 265(11) and 260 of the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld) – where an objection is duly served upon delivery of the objection pursuant to s 399(2) of the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld) and s 39A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1954 (Qld) – where service of an objection upon the applicant within the objection period is not a mandatory requirement of s 260 of the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld)
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – JUDICIAL REVIEW – GROUNDS OF REVIEW – ERROR OF LAW – whether the Land Court considered matters not included in an objection in contravention of s 268(3) of the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld) – where the Land Court exceeded its jurisdiction by entertaining a matter not included in an objection
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – JUDICIAL REVIEW – GROUNDS OF REVIEW – ERROR OF LAW – whether the Land Court decision had jurisdiction under s 269(4) of the Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Qld) to consider matters dealt with under a separate statutory regime – whether the Land Court considered the adequacy of the applicant’s environmental authority conditions
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – JUDICIAL REVIEW – GROUNDS OF REVIEW – PROCEDURAL FAIRNESS – HEARING – NATURE OF HEARING – NEW MATTER ARISING IN COURT - where the applicant was self-represented in the initial Land Court proceedings – where the Land Court allowed a new witness to give evidence without prior notice to the applicant – whether the applicant was given a reasonable opportunity to adduce evidence in response to this new evidence – whether the Land Court adequately assisted the applicant as a self-represented litigant – whether the applicant was given the opportunity to make an effective choice – whether this amounts to a breach of procedural fairness. 

Legislation

Commonwealth

Regulations

National Disability Insurance Scheme (Practice Standards—Worker Screening) Amendment Rules 2020
29/06/2020 - This instrument amends the National Disability Insurance Scheme (Practice Standards—Worker Screening) Rules 2018 to make changes to the transitional arrangements that apply to States and Territories to allow for a new commencement date of national worker screening and update the transitional requirements in some jurisdictions to reflect changes to policy and legislation in those jurisdictions.

Consumer Data Right (Energy Sector) Designation 2020
29/06/2020 - This instrument designates specified National Electricity Market datasets as subject to the consumer data right and applies the consumer data right to generic product information in relation to generic gas offerings (but not customer and usage data for gas offerings which relates to specific customers, except to the extent that this information may be incidental to electricity offerings).

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Sport Integrity Australia) Regulations 2020
29/06/2020 - These regulations amend the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Regulations 2006 (renamed Sport Integrity Australia Regulations 2020 on 1 July 2020), Australian Crime Commission Regulations 2018, Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 and the Electoral and Referendum Regulation 2016 to support the implementation of the Sport Integrity Australia Act 2020 and the National Sports Tribunal Act 2019 (NST Act). In addition, the instrument will implement the lower-level athlete reforms as requested by the Government in its response to the Review of Australia’s Sports Integrity Arrangements.

Acts

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Act 2020
25/06/2020 - Act No. 70 of 2020 compilation

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Amendment (Enhancing Australia’s Anti-Doping Capability) Act
17/06/2020 - Act No. 51 of 2020 as made

Bills

Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Banning Dirty Donations) Bill 2020
18/06/2020 - The Bill proposes amendments to the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Act) that will prohibit political donations from certain industries, and impose a cap on all other donations. Specifically, amendments are proposed to ban donations from: property developers; the tobacco industry; the banking industry;  liquor and gambling businesses; pharmaceuticals companies; the mining industry

Electoral Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2020
16/06/2020 - The Bill clarifies the relationship between federal and state and territory electoral finance laws, makes technical amendments to public election funding rules and streamlines electoral processes for the efficient delivery of federal electoral events.

Queensland

Bills

Electoral and Other Legislation (Accountability, Integrity and Other Matters) Amendment Bill 2019
Introduced by: Hon Y D'Ath MP on 28/11/2019
Stage reached: Passed with amendment on 18/06/2020
Assent Date: 30/06/2020 Act No: 20 of 2020 Commences: see Act for details

Subordinate legislation as made
No 103 Justice Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response—Proceedings and Other Matters) Regulation 2020 – 26/06/2020 - This Regulation is Made under the Coroners Act 2003, COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020, Crime and Corruption Act 2001, Criminal Code Act 1899, Evidence Act 1977, Justices Act 1886, and Property Law Act 1974. The policy objectives of the Regulation are to ensure the continuance of public administration of justice agencies and judicial process and to protect the health, safety and welfare of persons affected by the COVID-19 emergency involved in the justice system.
No 98  Professional Standards (Western Australian Bar Association Professional Standards Scheme) Notice 2020 – 23/06/2020
No 115 Public Service (Rulings and Other Matters) Amendment Regulation 2020- 01/07/2020
No 117 Civil Liability and Other Legislation (Prescribed Amounts) Amendment Regulation 2020 -01/07/2020
No 125 State Penalties Enforcement Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2020 - 03/07/2020

Disclaimer
The information in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, we do not guarantee that the information in this newsletter is accurate at the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future.

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