n a historic and jubilant moment for Australian politics the bill to legalise same-sex marriage has passed the Senate today, without amendment, with 43 senators voting yes and 12 voting no.Many senators have described today as the proudest in their parliamentary careers.The bill will face its final hurdle in the House of Representatives next week when MPs resume the … [Read more...]
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esterday a whopping 61.6% of Australians voted in favour of changing the Marriage Act 1961 (the Act) to allow same-sex couples to be legally married, with all states and territories recording a majority YES response.After Prime Minister Turnbull committed to legislate on the issue and make marriage equality a reality in Australia by Christmas, all eyes - both on a national … [Read more...]
n the light of escalating tensions between the "yes" and "no" campaigns, both the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and leader of the opposition, Bill Shorten, have reiterated that the marriage equality debate should be civil, respectful and, importantly, lawful.Last week, emergency laws under the Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Bill 2017 to ban vilification, … [Read more...]
Chief justice Susan Kiefel has announced that the High Court will hand down its decision on the voluntary same-sex marriage postal survey tomorrow at 2.15pm.Full reasons will be published later. … [Read more...]
There are only 48 hours left to enrol to vote in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.To participate in the survey you need to be correctly enrolled by this Thursday, 24 August 2017.Go to the Australian Electoral Commission website now where you can check your eligibility and enrol online or check your enrollment details.Interestingly, you … [Read more...]
nowing how to effectively challenge a fine presents a stumbling block for most of us.In an Australian-first for the legal assistance sector, Moonee Valley Legal Service recently launched FineFixer – a new website that provides personalised legal information to help Victorians understand their legal rights and how to tackle fines.More than 5 million fines are issued each … [Read more...]
While preparing a lecture on fashion law, trademarks and intellectual property, a strange thought occurred to me: "Is my skin an illegal artwork?" Don’t get me wrong, I’m no masterpiece. I do, however, have tattoos. One illustration by Audrey Kawasaki, one of my favourite Japanese-American artists, is sizeable and took nine hours to complete.The tattoo was completed long … [Read more...]
e’ve all been there – slowly reclining in an uncomfortable blue plastic dentist chair, willing the experience to be over as quickly and painlessly as possible. A basic check-up is what you signed up for, but you leave the office with a fresh set of x-rays, a numb mouth, three fillings and a follow-up appointment booked a few weeks later.We place a pretty unique amount of … [Read more...]
magine finding something that has no rightful place in your food while brunching this weekend. A piece of plastic or glass sitting incongruously atop your smashed avo? Or maybe a strand of dirty hair so grotesquely curled around your poached eggs that it triggers an uncontrollable upchuck reflex? Perhaps a worm or spider smugly unfolds itself from your … [Read more...]
ound the trumpet and bang the drums, because National Law Week is here again from 15-21 May 2017.Law Week is an opportunity for the legal industry to celebrate and promote a better understanding of the law and legal processes to the general public. But it's not a unique activity, as similar celebrations centred on the promotion of the rule of law also take place … [Read more...]
t recently emerged that Airbus has been the subject of investigations in five countries, including Australia. These investigations are in relation to allegations of fraud, bribery, corruption and other offences, such as falsely inflating prices during transactions.This comes amid a review by Airbus into its dealings with third-party consultants, prompted by investigations … [Read more...]
A person accused of committing a crime and who is being held in custody is generally entitled to be granted bail unless a Court refuses bail under section 4(1) of the Bail Act 1977 (Vic) on the basis that there is an ‘unacceptable risk’ that the accused person, if released on bail, would:fail to surrender himself/herself into custody and answer bail commit an offence … [Read more...]
he internet is a font of wisdom on any topic you could conceivably wish to learn more about. Punch your question into Google and 'Voilà!' there's your answer. But when it comes to intellectual property law, it's important to distinguish between Search Results containing reliable information and dangerous misinformation. The breakneck speed in which online information and ideas … [Read more...]
’m a big fan of the #perthisok hashtag (I know, judge me accordingly) but I never really considered that someone could have intellectual property rights in something that seems so unassuming.Hashtags have proven to be very valuable tools for businesses, with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts that include hashtags returning twice the engagement rate of those without one. … [Read more...]
ost of us have at some stage in our childhood fantasised over our wedding day. Who will I marry? What will they look like? Where will I get married? As a mother of four small children, I often have three little ‘brides’ and one very reluctant ‘groom’ (my 9-year-old son) role playing ‘weddings’ in my lounge room.But what happens when the fantasy is no longer a reality? The … [Read more...]
et’s be honest, there are people in our lives who we expect will provide for us once they kick the bucket. It’s not something most of us will openly admit but it is an assumption most of us make, especially when it comes to our parents. I’m not going to lie, I have thought about it. In fact, I have thought about it many times. Having grown up in a blended family I … [Read more...]
In previous years, the impact of tech disruption in the global travel and hotel industries has been enormous. Demand for faster, easier and more cost-effective online flight and hotel bookings has given way to holidaymakers cutting out travel agents as the middleman in favour of organising flights, accommodation, and activities themselves.The effect of tech disruption in … [Read more...]
Parking tickets are the pits.Most of the time you find yourself pinged because you thought you would risk it and park in a "No Stopping" zone while you popped into the shops for 10 minutes. You did it. Admit it.Other times, you may genuinely believe that you have parked legally, only to discover a dry retch-inducing yellow envelope sitting happily atop your windscreen … [Read more...]
As the 45th Federal Parliament gets underway, the legalisation of same-sex marriage is one of the issues dominating headlines.It is hard to know how the matter will play out, but there is one option that was first raised by the Abbott government - and that is to hold a plebiscite. This option is being pushed by the Turnbull government, and it has attracted a lot of … [Read more...]
Senior Law Lecturer from Monash University says that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) may have no legal power to ask for names and addresses.Dr Caroline Henckels, who teaches Constitutional and Public Law, says that the legislation allows the ABS to collect ‘statistical information,’ without defining what that is.For the first time, the ABS will be retaining … [Read more...]