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Australia/Nauru: High Court Rules Offshore Detention of Asylum Seekers Is Lawful

(Feb. 5, 2016) On February 3, 2016, the High Court of Australia, Australia’s highest court, held in a 6-1 decision that the government is legally able to participate in the detention of asylum seekers in the Pacific island country of Nauru; this means that a number of people who were brought to Australia to receive […]

Australia/Croatia: Former Serbian Commander Indicted

(Jan. 15, 2016) On January 8, 2016, Croatian authorities indicted Dragan Vasiljkovic on charges that he committed war crimes. Vasiljkovic was a Serbian paramilitary commander during the 1991-1995 war in the former Yugoslavia by which Croatia gained its independence. He is accused of torturing and killing Croatian soldiers and police officers; of ordering the executions […]

Australia: Victorian Parliament Passes Law Establishing Protest Buffer Zone for Abortion Clinics

(Nov. 30, 2015) On November 27, 2015, the Legislative Council (upper house) of the parliament of the Australian state of Victoria passed legislation that prevents protesters from coming within 150 meters (164 yards) of an abortion clinic.  (Abortion Clinic Protest Buffer Zone Law Passes Victorian Upper House, ABC NEWS (Nov. 27, 2015).) A bill to […]

Australia: National Library to Implement Digital Legal Deposit from January 2016

(July 13, 2015) As a result of changes to the legal deposit provisions in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) made by the Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (Cth), the National Library of Australia will have the power to collect and preserve Australian works published in electronic format, beginning January 1, 2016. (Clarissa […]

Australia: Law Allowing Blocking of Copyright-Infringing Websites Passed

(June 23, 2015) On June 22, 2015, the Australian Senate passed a bill that will allow copyright holders to request that overseas websites be blocked in Australia on the grounds that those websites have the “primary purpose” of facilitating copyright infringement. The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 had previously been passed by the House […]

Australia: Committee Report on Data Retention Bill Released

(Mar. 4, 2015) On February 27, 2015, the Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) released an advisory report on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 (Advisory Report). (PJCIS,Advisory Report on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 (Feb. 2015), Parliament of Australia website.) Data Retention […]

Australia: Damages Awarded in Revenge Porn Case

(Feb. 12, 2015) In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of Western Australia awarded a plaintiff more than AU$48,000 (about US$37,500) in damages for breach of confidence in a case involving photographs and videos of her of a sexual nature being shared online by the defendant, the plaintiff’s former boyfriend. The judge also granted an […]

Australia: Minimum Wage System to Be Examined by Productivity Commission

(Feb. 10, 2015) On January 22, 2015, the Australian Productivity Commission released a series of issues papers related to the workplace relations framework in Australia. (Workplace Relations Framework – Issues Papers, Productivity Commission website (last visited Feb. 5, 2015).) The Australian Treasurer requested that the Productivity Commission undertake a wide-ranging inquiry into the workplace relations […]

Australia: Prime Minister Announces New Push for National Approach to Domestic Violence

(Feb. 9, 2015) On January 28, 2015, the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, announced the establishment of a new panel to advise the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on domestic violence laws. (Press Release, Hon. Tony Abbott MP, COAG Agenda to Address Ending Violence Against Women (Jan. 28, 2015).) Abbott called for COAG to […]