This chronology of events has been compiled from published sources and includes images and links to audiovisual and documentary records. Appendix 1 presents a list of key legislation passed by the Commonwealth Parliament in 2017.
In the debate on euthanasia or assisted dying, many different arguments have been advanced either for or against legal reform in the academic literature, and much contemporary academic research seeks to engage with these arguments. However, very little research has been undertaken to track the...
The objective of the proposed reforms is to deliver improvements to native title claims resolution, agreement-making, and dispute resolution processes in the Native Title Act and other legislation. This document outlines the purpose of the proposed amendments and seeks stakeholder views on the approach to...
ECCV is pleased to provide this submission towards the development of the Victorian government’s Gender Equality Bill (Bill).
The MHR (My Health Records) Act establishes a complex regulatory framework for the use, collection and disclosure of the health information included in a healthcare recipient’s My Health Record.
Digital Rights Watch collaborated with Australian Privacy Foundation, Electronic Frontiers Australia, Future Wise, The Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, The New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties, Access Now and Blueprint for Free Speech to produce this joint submission.
This explanatory note provides background to the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018.
The Bill will amend the My Health Records Act 2012 (MHR Act) to strengthen the privacy framework of the My Health Record system.
The Bill will specifically:...
The Victorian Gender Equality Bill, an Australian first, aims to ensure that the public sector takes active steps to promote gender equality. This paper sets out the key reforms proposed by the Bill.
The Australian government recognises that the data it holds is a strategic national resource that holds considerable value for growing the economy, improving service delivery and transforming policy outcomes for all Australians. This paper outlines key concepts and principles which may guide development of the...
This paper argues that it is evident that Australia’s attraction as a location to conduct R&D has diminished, with the net tax benefit available for non-refundables now being amongst the lowest on a comparison of international R&D tax regimes.
The federal government welcomes stakeholder feedback on the exposure draft legislation and associated explanatory materials. In addition, this accompanying consultation paper outlines key areas where the government requests specific feedback on the implementation of the reforms.
This advisory report examined the Bill to strengthen the transparency of foreign influence in Australia’s political and government decision making.
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Stated in the letter, the bill would go far to more comprehensively...
The Family Violence Bill 2018 in Victoria, Australia creates a new statutory authority enshrined in legislation, Respect Victoria, which will work to address gender inequality as a root cause of family violence.
The new prevention organisation, will work to change the attitudes, social norms...
During its inquiry, the committee received compelling evidence that Australia is facing an unprecedented threat from espionage and foreign interference. The committee also received evidence that current laws are not adequate to deal with this threat.
The Serious Offenders Bill 2018 was introduced to the Victorian Legislative Assembly on 8 May 2018. It seeks to establish a civil, protective scheme under which offenders who have served custodial sentences for certain serious sexual and/or violent offences, and who present an unacceptable risk...
Much-anticipated changes to Victoria’s political finance laws favour the big parties and fall short of full transparency.
The Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 (‘Advancing the Treaty Bill’) was introduced in the Legislative Assembly by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Natalie Hutchins, on 7 March 2018.
ACOSS submission to Community Affairs Committee on Social Services Legislation Amendment (Drug Testing Trial) Bill 2018, recommending the Committee oppose this Bill.
The Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform bill seeks to ban foreign donations to political parties and their “associated entities”. But it also seeks to capture organisations, including charities, that undertake public advocacy on policy issues.