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...]
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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 pile of … [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...]