Criminal Law  .  Law Updates

By Peter Woodhouse


Rights to a fair trial under threat

Every ACT citizen should be troubled by the announcement yesterday that the ACT is going to introduce mandatory verdicts for jury trials.  It is a disappointing sign that our Government has joined a…

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Civil Law  .  Law Updates

By Hannah Donnellan


A binding contract – yes or no?

You may have heard of the recent decision in the Court of King’s Bench in Canada which declared that a thumbs up emoji can serve for the purpose of a signature of a…

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Law Updates

By Phoebe Tulk


Wage theft – it is happening more than you think.

With BHP recently admitting to owing its employees $430 million in underpayments and Coles admitting to owing a further $25 million on top of already owing at least $20 million, wage theft in…

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Law Updates

By Alexis Currier


Support for LGBTQI+ students in religious schools – a review of proposed changes to the Sex Discrimination Act

On 27 January 2023, the Australian Law Reform Commission released a consultation paper entitled “Religious Educational Institutions and Anti-Discrimination Laws”. This consultation paper seeks submissions from stakeholders on proposals to change the way…

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Criminal Law  .  Law Updates

By Minuri Dharmasena


A quick job, not a good job: ACT evidence laws could change before Bruce Lehrmann’s retrial

The ACT Government is pushing for urgent amendments to evidence laws in the ACT. The amendments would allow the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (the DPP) to obtain audio-visual recordings of…

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Law Updates  .  Criminal Law

By Carley Hitchins


The ACT passes drug decriminalisation laws: here’s what it means

The ACT has become the first Australian jurisdiction to decriminalise small amounts of illicit drugs, including cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), ice, heroin, LSD and amphetamines. The Drugs of Dependence (Personal Use) Bill Amendment was passed…

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Law Updates

By Aulich


How much power is too much power?

The NSW Government is celebrating their new law giving NSW Police the power to search convicted drug dealers without warrant. Deputy Premier Paul Toole says that “police will be in criminals’ faces more…

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News  .  Law Updates

By Ben Aulich


This is not about ‘fairness’, it is discrimination

Katherine Deves seeks amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (“the Act”) to “clarify” the law so that an organisation can conduct a “single-sex” sport and it not be discriminatory. In general terms,…

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Law Updates

By Phoebe Logan


Consulting the Public: Proposed Reforms to The Residential Tenancies Act

In early August 2021, The ACT Government released a Consultation Paper (the Paper) on Proposed Reforms to The Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (ACT) (the Act). The Justice and Community Safety Directorate, who drafted…

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Law Updates  .  Criminal Law

By Charlene Chalker-Harris


Sticks and stones may break bones, but words … can now also be prosecuted

Last week, the Senate passed legislation which will hold big tech companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, responsible for offensive or harmful content posted on their platforms.  The Online Safety Bill both consolidates…

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