Australia: Queensland Government Bulletin - 17 February 2016

Last Updated: 26 February 2016
Article by Paul Venus, Stephen Burton and Suzy Cairney

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In the media

Appointment of new Sex Discrimination Commissioner
The Attorney-General has announced the appointment of Ms Kate Jenkins as Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner for a term of five years (11 February 2016). More...

New obligation to report breaches of data security
If the Privacy Amendment (Notification of Serious Data Breaches) Bill 2015 released in December goes through, most private sector entities with a turnover above $3 million and government agencies will be required to notify 'serious data breaches' to each affected individual and the Australian Information Commissioner. Submissions on this Bill are due 4 March (08 February 2016). More...

New Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner appointed
One of the State's most distinguished police officers will head up the proposed Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC), Racing Minister Grace Grace announced today (13 February 2016). More...

CFMEU boss Michael Ravbar in new corruption probe
Construction union leader Michael Ravbar is being investigated by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission for allegedly using police contacts to get sensitive information about a union organiser (08 February 2016). More...

Referendum for fixed four-year terms
The Palaszczuk Government has requested the Governor's approval to issue the writ for the referendum for fixed four-year terms for Queensland's Legislative Assembly (05 February 2016). More...

BAQ Supports National Legal Assistance Funding Campaign
The Bar Association of Queensland has announced its support for the National Legal Assistance Funding Campaign, launched by the Law Council of Australia (02 February 2016). More...

Queensland Law Society welcomes Federal Circuit Court judge for Rockhampton
Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts welcomes the announcement by the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, that Judge Anne Demack has been appointed as a Federal Circuit Court judge based in Rockhampton (02 February 2016). More...

Welcomed support for domestic violence victims
Queensland Law Society has welcomed the Queensland Government's announcement of an extra $3.7 million in funding over five years for local domestic violence support services (01 February 2016). More...

Queensland Law Society supports national campaign on legal assistance
Queensland Law Society has added its voice to a national campaign, drawing attention to a crisis in legal aid and legal assistance services around the country (01 February 2016). More...

In practice and courts

CMC: Local government candidates urged to conduct honest campaigns
The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) and the Local Government Association of Queensland have teamed-up to urge candidates for the 2016 local government election to run honest campaigns (08 February 2016). More...


Power Grid Cables Pty Ltd v Endeavour Energy [2016] NSWSC 34
INJUNCTIONS - Interlocutory injunctions – whether status quo can be preserved pending trial – expedited hearing ordered since interim relief not practical. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – whether decision by state-owned corporation to remove items from approved materials list is an administrative decision which attracts requirements of procedural fairness. PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – transfer of proceedings – "special federal matter". Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), ss 46, 47; Electricity Supply Act 1995 (NSW), ss 26, 31. More...

CKI Utilities Development Pty Ltd v Australian Energy Regulator [2016] FCA 17
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – application for judicial review of a decision of the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) – AER determination that a pricing proposal is deficient under cl 6.18.8 of the National Electricity Rules (NER). ENERGY AND RESOURCES – Distribution Network Service Provider discretion in defining tariff classes – where pricing proposal includes tariff subclasses – where pricing proposal includes a "solar tariff" subclass for customers with micro-generation facilities – where pricing proposal includes a "social tariff" subclass for customers identified as hardship customers – whether the NER recognise the existence of tariff subclasses – application of the protective principles of cl 6.18.4(a) of the NER – equal treatment of retail customers with a similar connection or usage profile – comparison of similarity or dissimilarity of customer load profiles – use of competing expert evidence to demonstrate unreasonableness – treatment of retail customers with micro-generation facilities no less favourable than retail customers without such facilities but with a similar load profile – where there is an economically efficient rationale for tariff classes – role or responsibility of a Distribution Network Service Provider for the determination of policy. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – requirement that the AER approve a pricing proposal if the AER is satisfied in accordance with cl 6.18.8 – whether an onus to demonstrate dissimilarity of load profiles was imposed – where it was open to the applicants to provide the information they considered would satisfy the AER. More...


Subordinate Legislation as made – 29/01/2016
No 3 Referendums Regulation 2016.

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