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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 […]

Australia: Foreign Fighters Bill Introduced in Parliament

(Sept. 30, 2014) On September 24, 2014, the Australian Attorney-General, George Brandis, introduced the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014 in the Senate. (Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014, Parliament of Australia website.) Background and Related Bills The introduction of the bill follows a comprehensive review of Australia’s counterterrorism legislation, which, Brandis said, […]

Australia: Charges Laid Following Major Counterterrorism Operation in Sydney

(Sept. 24, 2014) Sydney Raids On September 18, 2014, more than 800 police officers from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the New South Wales Police Force carried out 25 search warrants involving premises and vehicles located in 13 western and northwestern Sydney suburbs. The early morning raids resulted from a Joint Counter Terrorism Team […]

Australia: Tax Office Releases Guidance Paper and Draft Rulings on Bitcoin

(Aug. 25, 2014) On August 20, 2014, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) issued a guidance paper, a Goods and Services Tax (GST) Draft Ruling, and four draft taxation determinations on the taxation treatment of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. The documents were released in time for taxpayers to take them into account in completing their […]