New Privacy Law Comes into Effect (Mar. 21, 2014) by Kelly Buchanan

On March 12, 2014, substantial amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) that resulted from a bill passed in 2012 came into effect in Australia. (

Topic: Right of privacy
Jurisdiction: Australia

Government Actions Against Judiciary Raise Concerns (Feb. 03, 2014) by Kelly Buchanan

Potential Constitutional Crisis

On January 31, 2014, it was reported that the Government of Nauru has started the process of drafting a law ...

Topic: Constitution; Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Nauru

Courts Required to Publish All Effective Opinions on One Website (Dec. 31, 2013) by Kelly Buchanan

On November 21, 2013, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China announced measures requiring all people's courts in China to publicize their ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency; Judiciary; Supreme court
Jurisdiction: China

High Court Strikes Down Territory's Same-Sex Marriage Law (Dec. 19, 2013) by Kelly Buchanan

On December 12, 2013, the High Court of Australia (Australia's highest court) ruled that a law granting same-sex couples the ability to marry in the Australian ...

Topic: Families; Marriage and family status; Same-sex marriage
Jurisdiction: Australia

Bill Giving Personhood to a Fetus at 20 Weeks Passed by State Lower House (Nov. 29, 2013) by Kelly Buchanan

On November 21, 2013, the Lower House of the New South Wales (NSW) Parliament passed a controversial bill that would allow authorities to charge a person ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Australia

New Deed of Understanding Allows for Reduction in Mail Delivery Services (Oct. 25, 2013) by Kelly Buchanan

On October 23, 2013, it was announced that the New Zealand government had agreed to a new Deed of Understanding with New Zealand Post that will ...

Topic: Administrative law and regulatory procedures
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

New Constitution Signed into Law (Sep. 09, 2013) by Kelly Buchanan

On September 6, 2013, the President of Fiji formally assented to a new constitution in a ceremony at Government House in the capital, Suva. The ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Fiji

Patents Bill Passed, Includes Ban on Software Patents (Aug. 30, 2013) by Kelly Buchanan

On August 28, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Patents Bill with a vote of 117 in favor to four against. ...

Topic: Communications; Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Court Holds Public Servant Can Be Fired for Critical Tweets (Aug. 16, 2013) by Kelly Buchanan

It was reported on August 13, 2013, that a judge of the Australian Federal Circuit Court had dismissed an application by a public servant for a ...

Topic: Freedom of speech; Officials and employees
Jurisdiction: Australia

New Crimes Act Comes into Force (May. 01, 2013) by Kelly Buchanan

The Parliament of the Independent State of Samoa recently enacted the Crimes Act 2013, which replaces and modernizes the Crimes Ordinance 1961. (Crimes Act 2013, ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Samoa

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed (Apr. 18, 2013) by Kelly Buchanan

On April 17, 2013, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill by a margin of 77-44. (Isaac Davison et al., ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

New Food Labeling Standard Requires Manufacturers to Prove Health Claims (Apr. 11, 2013) by Kelly Buchanan

On April 7, 2013, New Zealand's Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, announced that she had signed into law a standard that will require food manufacturers ...

Topic: Workers safety and health
Jurisdiction: Australia; New Zealand

Psychoactive Substances Bill Proposed (Mar. 05, 2013) by Kelly Buchanan

On February 26, 2013, the Psychoactive Substances Bill was introduced in the New Zealand Parliament. The bill aims to provide the government with greater ability to ...

Topic: Drug trafficking
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Provision on Life Sentence for Trafficking in Firearms Passed by House of Representatives (Feb. 11, 2013) by Kelly Buchanan

On February 5, 2013, the lower chamber of the Australian federal parliament voted to pass legislation that will introduce a new aggravated offense of trafficking in ...

Topic: Firearms and explosives
Jurisdiction: Australia

Legal Views on Scientific Whaling to Be Submitted to International Court (Nov. 27, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

On November 20, 2012, the New Zealand government formally lodged with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) a ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Australian Parliament Votes Down Two Marriage Equality Bills (Sep. 26, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

On September 20, 2012, the Australian Senate (the upper house of the federal parliament) voted 41-26 against the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012. (Marriage ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Australia

Court Rejects Challenge to Climate Change Research Findings (Sep. 07, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

On September 7, 2012, the New Zealand High Court (the third highest court in New Zealand's court hierarchy) dismissed a challenge to the findings of reports ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes First Vote (Aug. 30, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

On August 29, 2012, the New Zealand Parliament voted on the First Reading of a bill that seeks to make provision for same-sex marriage in the ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Plain Packaging Law Upheld by High Court (Aug. 16, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

On August 15, 2012, the High Court of Australia rejected a constitutional challenge to legislation passed in November 2011 that will require plain packaging of cigarettes. ...

Topic: Tobacco and smoking
Jurisdiction: Australia

Supreme Court Releases First Interpretation on Civil Anti-Monopoly Trials (Jun. 04, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

Despite the promulgation of the Anti-Monopoly Law of China in 2008, few plaintiffs have prevailed in civil anti-monopoly cases. According to an explanation given by ...

Topic: Competition and antitrust
Jurisdiction: China

Outbound Investments Made by Central Enterprises Strengthened (May. 16, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

The rate of Chinese state-owned enterprises investing in the overseas investment market has expanded in recent years, and with this there has also been an increase ...

Topic: Investments
Jurisdiction: China

Court of Appeal Finds Non-Payment of Family Caregivers to Be Discriminatory (May. 15, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

On May 14, 2012, New Zealand's Court of Appeal ruled that a Ministry of Health policy affecting the payment of caregivers of disabled family members is ...

Topic: Discrimination; Home and outpatient care
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Welfare Reform Proposals Include Free Contraception for Women and Their Daughters (May. 09, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

On May 7, 2012, as part of announcements relating to Budget 2012, the New Zealand Minister of Social Development, Paula Bennett, and Prime Minister John Key, ...

Topic: Social Welfare
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

New Standards for School Buses Adopted After Fatal Crashes (May. 02, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

Since November 2011, the Chinese government has faced strong criticism due to media reports of a number of fatal school bus crashes that resulted from passenger ...

Topic: Transportation and public works
Jurisdiction: China

Measures for Compulsory Licensing of Pharmaceuticals Updated (Apr. 23, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

Compulsory licensing of medicine patents, which allows drug manufacturers to use patents without the authorization of the patent owner if they meet specified legal requirements, is ...

Topic: Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: China

Legislation Requiring Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products to Be Developed (Apr. 23, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

On April 19, 2012, New Zealand's Associate Health Minister, Hon. Tariana Turia, announced that the Cabinet had agreed in principle to develop legislation requiring plain packaging ...

Topic: Tobacco and smoking
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

SAFE Standardizes Individual Participation in Overseas Share-Based Incentive Plans (Apr. 05, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

On March 16, 2012, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) publicized on its website a Notice on Issues Concerning Foreign Exchange Administration of [Domestic] Individuals' ...

Topic: Foreign exchange
Jurisdiction: China

New Measures to Standardize Internet Services and Protect Users Launched (Mar. 19, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of the Peoples' Republic of China (PRC) recently promulgated Several Provisions on Regulating the Order of the Internet ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: China

Legislation Enabling Partial Sale of Government Assets Introduced (Mar. 08, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

On March 5, 2012, New Zealand's Minister for State-Owned Enterprises, Hon. Tony Ryall, introduced a bill that, if passed, will enable the partial sale of four ...

Topic: Economics and Public Finance
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

New Measures to Discourage Unreported Business Concentration (Mar. 02, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

Mergers and acquisitions in China are subject to regulations on business concentration. Under the Chinese anti-monopoly regime, a "business concentration" means a business transaction involving (1) ...

Topic: Corporations
Jurisdiction: China

Further Reform of Executive Remuneration Laws Proposed (Feb. 28, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

On February 21, 2012, the Australian government announced that it would introduce further reforms aimed at strengthening Australia's legal framework related to executive remuneration. In particular, ...

Topic: Corporations
Jurisdiction: Australia

Revision of Catalog of Industries for Foreign Investment (Feb. 23, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

On December 24, 2011, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce of China jointly issued the revised Catalog of Industries ...

Topic: Foreign investment
Jurisdiction: China

Panel Recommends Changes to Constitution to Recognize Indigenous Peoples (Jan. 24, 2012) by Kelly Buchanan

On January 19, 2012, the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Expert Panel) presented its final report to the Australian ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Australia

Climate Change Reforms Passed, Price on Carbon to Apply from July 2012 (Nov. 15, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On November 8, 2011, the Australian Senate passed a package of 18 bills that will result in the implementation of a carbon pricing mechanism from July ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: Australia

Government Endorses Mining Revenue Transparency Initiative (Sep. 13, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

The Solomon Islands Minister of Finance and the Treasury, Gordon Darcy Lilo, announced that the government had endorsed the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) at a ...

Topic: Mining
Jurisdiction: Solomon Islands

Agreement Reached on National R18+ Video Game Classification (Jul. 28, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On July 22, 2011, the Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, announced that the relevant ministers from each Australian jurisdiction, except New South ...

Topic: Freedom of speech
Jurisdiction: Australia

High Court Declares Anti-Gang Law Invalid (Jun. 27, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On June 23, 2011, the High Court of Australia declared that a New South Wales law aimed at combating organized crime is invalid. (Wainohu v ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Australia

Agreement Reached to Amend Constitutional Court Legislation (Jun. 20, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On June 15, 2011, it was reported that the Indonesian government had reached an agreement with the country's House of Representatives to amend the legislation that ...

Topic: Judiciary
Jurisdiction: Indonesia

New "Freedom Camping" Laws Aim to Protect Pristine Areas (May. 20, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On May 15, 2011, the New Zealand Minister for the Environment, Hon. Nick Smith, announced that a new law regulating "freedom camping" would be introduced in ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Bill to Improve Ability to Understand Legislation Introduced (May. 20, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On May 12, 2011, the Australian Attorney-General introduced the Acts Interpretation Amendment Bill 2011 into Parliament. (Press Release, Hon. Robert McClelland, Acts Interpretation Amendment to ...

Topic: Legal systems
Jurisdiction: Australia

Former Student Wins Negligence Case Against School for Bullying (Apr. 20, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On April 13, 2011, the Supreme Court of New South Wales, in Australia, held that a school had breached its duty of care to a former ...

Topic: Education
Jurisdiction: Australia

Law Targeting Illegal Online File-Sharing Passed (Apr. 18, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On April 14, 2011, the New Zealand parliament passed the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill. (Press Release, Hon. Simon Power, New Regime for Section ...

Topic: Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Mortgage Exit Fees Banned (Apr. 08, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On March 23, 2011, the Australian government promulgated a regulation that will prevent lenders from charging mortgage exit fees. (Press Release, Hon. Wayne Swan MP,

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: Australia

Flood Levy Legislation Passed to Fund Reconstruction Package (Apr. 07, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On March 22, 2011, the Australian Parliament passed the Tax Laws Amendment (Temporary Flood and Cyclone Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011 and the Income Tax Rates Amendment ...

Topic: Disasters
Jurisdiction: Australia

Journalist Shield Law Passed by Australian Senate (Mar. 09, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On March 3, 2011, the Australian Senate passed the Evidence Amendment (Journalists' Privilege) Bill 2010, which will have the effect of reversing the current presumption in ...

Topic: Freedom of the press
Jurisdiction: Australia

Legislation to Enhance Cooperation Between National Security Agencies Passed (Mar. 09, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On March 2, 2011, the Australian Parliament passed a bill aimed at enabling Australian national security agencies, including the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIO), the Defence ...

Topic: National security
Jurisdiction: Australia

Historic Investment Protocol Signed (Feb. 22, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On February 16, 2011, the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand signed an Investment Protocol to the Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement. (Press Release, Hon. ...

Topic: Investments
Jurisdiction: Australia; New Zealand

Seven Alleged Pirates Charged with Firearms Offenses (Feb. 16, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On February 11, 2011, Malaysian prosecutors filed charges against seven Somali nationals who had been captured by Malaysian naval forces in the Gulf of Aden on ...

Topic: Piracy
Jurisdiction: Malaysia

Amendments to Aviation Crimes Legislation Passed (Feb. 14, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On February 9, 2011, the Aviation Crimes and Policing Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 was passed by the Australian Parliament. (Press Release, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, Safer Skies ...

Topic: Transportation safety and security
Jurisdiction: Australia

Tax Corruption Verdict to Be Appealed, New Charges to Be Laid (Jan. 31, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

A former junior tax official in Indonesia, Gayus Tambunan, who is at the center of a huge corruption scandal involving allegations relating to the acceptance of ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: Indonesia

HIV/AIDS Decree Approved by Cabinet (Jan. 26, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On January 18, 2011, it was announced that the Fiji Cabinet had approved the HIV/AIDS Decree 2011. (Press Release, Ministry of Information, 1-18-11 Cabinet Approves HIV/AIDS ...

Topic: HIV-AIDS
Jurisdiction: Fiji

New National Consumer Law Comes into Force (Jan. 06, 2011) by Kelly Buchanan

On January 1, 2011, the Australian Consumer Law, which is incorporated in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (previously called the Trade Practices Act 1974), came ...

Topic: Consumer protection
Jurisdiction: Australia

New Provisions on Plea Bargaining to Come into Force (Dec. 23, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On December 13, 2010, it was reported that a change in the Malaysian Criminal Procedure Code to include the concept of formal plea bargaining in criminal ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Malaysia

Inquiry into Mine Tragedy Begins (Dec. 22, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On December 13, 2010, the New Zealand government released the final terms of reference and announced the appointment of two additional members for a Royal Commission ...

Topic: Disasters
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Significant Changes to Criminal Procedure Introduced (Nov. 17, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On November 15, 2010, the New Zealand Minister of Justice, Hon. Simon Power, introduced the Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill in the Parliament. (Press Release, ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Freedom of Information Reforms Come into Force (Nov. 17, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

Changes to Australia's freedom of information (FOI) laws came into effect on November 1, 2010. (Press Release, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, New Era of Freedom of Information ...

Topic: Freedom of information
Jurisdiction: Australia

Referendum on Recognizing Indigenous People in Constitution Announced (Nov. 10, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On November 8, 2010, the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, announced that an expert panel will be established to lead a national discussion on recognizing indigenous ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Australia

Political Donations Bill Reintroduced (Oct. 27, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On October 20, 2010, the Australian government introduced a bill to reform the rules relating to political donations, disclosure, and funding. (Press Release, Hon. Gary Gray, ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Australia

Constitutional Court Strikes Down Book Banning Law (Oct. 15, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On October 13, 2010, it was reported that the Constitutional Court of Indonesia had ruled that the 1963 Law on Securing Printed Materials Whose Content Could ...

Topic: Freedom of the press
Jurisdiction: Indonesia

Major Class Action over Bank Fees Launched (Sep. 28, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On September 22, 2010, a class action lawsuit against the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) was filed in the Federal Court of Australia, ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: Australia

Attorney-General Told to Step Down Following Ruling of Constitutional Court (Sep. 24, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On September 22, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia ruled that, under the existing law, the Attorney-General's term expires with the end of the term of ...

Topic: Officials and employees
Jurisdiction: Indonesia

Legislation to Streamline Earthquake Recovery Efforts Passed (Sep. 20, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

The Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act 2010 was introduced and passed by the New Zealand Parliament on September 14, 2010, ten days after a 7.1 ...

Topic: Disasters
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Taskforce to Examine Potentially Divisive Internet Postings (Sep. 09, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. ...

Topic: Freedom of speech
Jurisdiction: Malaysia

Restrictions on Importation of New Zealand Apples Found Inconsistent with Trade Agreement (Aug. 20, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On August 9, 2010, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel issued its final report on a trade dispute involving a complaint by New Zealand that ...

Topic: Foreign trade and international finance
Jurisdiction: Australia; New Zealand; World Trade Organization

New Anti-Terrorism Agency Established (Aug. 09, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On July 30, 2010, it was reported that the Indonesian government had issued a regulation formalizing the establishment of a new National Anti-Terrorism Agency. (Govt Issues ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Indonesia

Vanuatu Parliament Passes Resolution on West Papua Independence (Jul. 21, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On June 21, 2010, it was reported that the Vanuatu Parliament had unanimously passed a motion to raise questions with the United Nations regarding the status ...

Topic: Sovereignty
Jurisdiction: Indonesia; Vanuatu

New Consumer Credit Laws in Force (Jul. 14, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

New national consumer credit laws came into force in Australia on July 1, 2010. The reforms are intended to "improve credit and loan transactions, make financial ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: Australia

Legality of Scientific Whaling Program Challenged in International Court (Jun. 10, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On June 1, 2010, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) released information on the proceedings instituted by Australia against Japan for alleged breaches of international obligations ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: Australia; Japan

Major Changes to Tax System Announced (May. 25, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On May 20, 2010, the New Zealand Government announced a number of changes to the tax system as part of Budget 2010, saying that the changes ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Bill Seeks to Reserve Seats in Parliament for Women (May. 25, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

The Papua New Guinea Government has given notice of its intention to introduce a bill that would amend the Constitution to reserve 22 seats in Parliament ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Papua New Guinea

Legislation to Combat People Smuggling Passed (May. 20, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On May 13, 2010, the Australian Parliament passed the Anti-People Smuggling and Other Measures Bill 2010. (Press Release, Hon. Robert McClelland, Hon. Brendan O'Connor, andamp; Sen. ...

Topic: Asylum
Jurisdiction: Australia

Constitutional Court Upholds Blasphemy Law (Apr. 22, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public ...

Topic: Church and state relations
Jurisdiction: Indonesia

Royal Commission Report on Princess Ashika Ferry Disaster (Apr. 19, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

The Tongan government stated on April 9, 2010, that it accepts the recommendations of the Royal Commission that was established to inquire into the August 2009 ...

Topic: Transportation and public works
Jurisdiction: Tonga

New Media Decree to Be Finalized Following Consultation (Apr. 07, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On March 30, 2010, the interim government of Fiji announced plans to hold consultation sessions between April 7 and April 10 as it seeks to finalize ...

Topic: Freedom of the press
Jurisdiction: Fiji

Bill Establishing Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Passed (Mar. 24, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

The Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Bill 2010 was passed by the Australian Parliament on March 18, 2010. The bill establishes a new position of National ...

Topic: National security
Jurisdiction: Australia

Truth and Reconciliation Commission to Commence Hearings (Mar. 10, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On March 5, 2010, it was reported that the first public hearings of the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission would take place beginning March 9, ...

Topic: Peace
Jurisdiction: Solomon Islands

Majority of Voters Reject Changes to Constitution (Mar. 03, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On March 1, 2010, it was reported that two-thirds of the voters in Nauru had voted against proposed changes to the island nation's constitution in a ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Nauru

Government Releases Electoral Finance Reform Proposals (Feb. 18, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On February 16, 2010, the New Zealand government announced plans to introduce new legislation to amend the rules relating to campaign finance and spending on election ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Court Finds Internet Provider Not Responsible for Illegal Downloads (Feb. 12, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On February 4, 2010, in what is being called a "landmark judgment" that has possible international ramifications, the Federal Court of Australia ruled against a number ...

Topic: Intellectual property
Jurisdiction: Australia

Securities Regulator to Have Greater Powers, Tougher Penalties (Feb. 03, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On January 28, 2010, the Australian federal government announced plans to increase the maximum penalties that can be imposed for market misconduct. The Australian Securities and ...

Topic: Securities
Jurisdiction: Australia

"Three-Strikes" Law To Be Introduced (Jan. 22, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On January 19, 2010, New Zealand's National Party government announced that it had reached an agreement with one of its coalition partners on a policy that ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

New South Wales Government Responds to Report on Same-Sex Adoption Laws (Jan. 14, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On January 6, 2009, the government of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, released a letter in response to a parliamentary report that had recommended changing the ...

Topic: Adoption and foster care
Jurisdiction: Australia

Court Rules Catholic Magazine Can Use the Word "Allah" (Jan. 05, 2010) by Kelly Buchanan

On December 31, 2009, the High Court of Malaysia ruled that a Christian publication has a constitutional right to use the word "Allah" to refer to ...

Topic: Church and state relations
Jurisdiction: Malaysia

Plans for Mandatory Internet Filtering Announced (Dec. 30, 2009) by Kelly Buchanan

On December 15, 2009, Australia's Minister of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Hon. Stephen Conroy, announced that the government intends to introduce legislation by mid-2010 ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Australia

Goods and Services Tax to Be Implemented in 2011 (Dec. 24, 2009) by Kelly Buchanan

The Goods and Services Tax Bill 2009 was tabled in the Malaysian Parliament on December 16, 2009. The Second Finance Minister, Ahmad Husni, stated that the ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Malaysia

New Guidelines on International Cooperation in Death Penalty Cases (Dec. 24, 2009) by Kelly Buchanan

On December 18, 2009, the Australian government announced that new guidelines governing international law enforcement cooperation in possible death penalty cases had come into effect. (Press ...

Topic: Capital punishment
Jurisdiction: Australia

Judge Finds Abuse of Process in Case Against Former Solomon Islands Attorney-General (Dec. 18, 2009) by Kelly Buchanan

On December 15, 2009, a judge in the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia, granted a permanent stay in the child sex case against Julian Moti, a ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Australia

Lawmakers Agree to CEDAW Ratification (Dec. 08, 2009) by Kelly Buchanan

On November 30 and December 1, 2009, Nauru's parliamentarians met to discuss the advantages and challenges of ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Nauru

Amendments to Emissions Trading Scheme Passed (Dec. 01, 2009) by Kelly Buchanan

On November 25, 2009, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Climate Change Response (Moderated Emissions Trading) Amendment Bill. This legislation amends the scheme that was enacted ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Bill to Prohibit Torture and Abolish the Death Penalty Introduced (Nov. 23, 2009) by Kelly Buchanan

On November 19, 2009, Australia's Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Torture Prohibition and Death Penalty Abolition) Bill 2009 in the Parliament. The bill ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Australia

Tax Information Exchange Agreement Signed (Nov. 17, 2009) by Kelly Buchanan

On October 27, 2009, Australia and the Cook Islands signed a comprehensive tax information exchange agreement in Rarotonga. The agreement provides for the exchange of information ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Australia; Cook Islands

Police Given Greater Powers to Obtain DNA Samples (Nov. 06, 2009) by Kelly Buchanan

On October 28, 2009, the New Zealand Parliament passed legislation that will allow police to collect DNA from people arrested for certain offenses, without the need ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Free Trade Deal Signed (Nov. 06, 2009) by Kelly Buchanan

The Trade Ministers of New Zealand and Malaysia signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in Kuala Lumpur on October 26, 2009, following ten rounds of negotiations ...

Topic: Foreign trade and international finance
Jurisdiction: Malaysia; New Zealand

Federal Government to Reform Privacy Laws (Oct. 22, 2009) by Kelly Buchanan

On October 14, 2009, the Australian Federal Government released the first part of its response to a major review of Australia's privacy laws that was undertaken ...

Topic: Right of privacy
Jurisdiction: Australia

Referendum to Be Held on Electoral System (Oct. 22, 2009) by Kelly Buchanan

On October 20, 2009, the New Zealand Government announced that there will be a referendum in 2011 asking voters whether they want to retain the current ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: New Zealand