In the media
Obscure law used by blogger in landmark High Court win
against Malcolm Roberts
A blogger makes legal history by successfully suing a sitting politician — senator Malcolm Roberts — over the 2016 dual-citizenship saga (16 July 2019). More....
Palmer wrote 'false' entries to justify draining
cash from Qld Nickel, court told
Billionaire Clive Palmer is accused of faking entries in a green notebook in a bid to justify draining Queensland Nickel of millions of dollars for anything he wanted before it collapsed in 2016, a court is told (16 July 2019). More...
AFP wanted fingerprints of journalists behind ABC
special forces investigation analysis
The raid on the ABC appears to be part of a new climate in which journalists and their sources of information are targeted and receive the sort of treatment previously reserved for criminals, writes John Lyons (15 July 2019). More...
In practice and courts
Commonwealth Ombudsman: Private Health Insurance
Ombudsman's statement about pre-existing conditions
Although the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman investigates in private and does not comment on individual matters, the Office notes the recent media coverage about private health insurers and pre-existing condition complaints, and provide some background information about their role (11 July 2019). More...
Queensland Courts: Guideline - Working with Interpreters
in Queensland Courts and Tribunals
Read the new Guideline - Working with Interpreters in Queensland Courts and Tribunals (10 July 2019).
QAO Advice: How to electronically approve documents and
In an increasingly digitised world with paper-lite offices, the next natural step is for agencies to implement electronic approval processes (e-signing). We are seeing many agencies increase their use of electronic signatures to sign documents and to authorise transactions (17 July 2019). More...
QAO Advice: Using data analytics to inform fraud
When agencies use data analytics to inform fraud assessments, they can target their approach and increase their value-for-money proposition (11 July 2019). More...
CCC: Current investigations
Further fraud and misconduct charges following joint CCC and Department of Education investigation - 18 July 2019
Solicitor charged with breach of bail - Operation Stockade - 16 July 2019
Nick Xenophon and Department of Defence (Freedom of
information)  AICmr
Freedom of Information — Whether disclosure would cause damage to the international relations of the Commonwealth —Whether documents contain deliberative matter prepared for a deliberative purpose —Whether disclosure would unreasonably affect an organisation in respect of its lawful business affairs — (CTH) Freedom of Information Act 1982 ss 33(a)(iii), 47C, 47G(1)(a) and 55D(1)
Prudential Regulation Authority (confidentiality) determination
No.1 of 2019
17/07/2019 - This instrument prescribes information provided by general insurers and Lloyd's underwriters for the purposes of the National Claims and Policies Database under Reporting Standard GRS 800.1, GRS 800.2, GRS 800.3, LOLRS 800.1, LOLRS 800.2 and LOLRS 800.3
Online Safety (Protecting Australians from Terrorist or Violent
Criminal Material) Legislative Rule 2019
15/07/2019 – This rule provides for the eSafety Commissioner to exercise powers under relevant legislation to take action, where required, to reduce Australian internet users' exposure to material that promotes, instructs or incites in matters of terrorist acts or violent crimes.
Subordinate legislation as made – 12 July
No 134 Proclamation No. 1—Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (commencing certain provisions)
No 135 Uniform Civil Procedure (Referees) Amendment Rule 2019
Subordinate legislation as made – 19 July
No 138 Proclamation No. 2—Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (commencing certain provisions)
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