Welcome to Issue 38 of the SA Public Sector Newsletter. The SA Government has introduced a Bill to make amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act 1959 which will give the Registrar of Motor Vehicles expanded powers to take action against obscene material. Under the Bill, the Registrar will have a discretionary power to cancel a vehicle’s registration if the registered owner has refused to modify or remove offending material at the request of the independent, non-government body Ad Standards. The Bill has been introduced in response to a large number of complaints made to Ad Standards about vehicles displaying sexist, discriminatory or otherwise offensive advertising in breach of an advertising standards code.
At the Federal level, the Australian Government has announced major reforms as part of its response to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. Introduced legislation will give the Government the power to declare a national emergency to help mobilise Commonwealth resources and help tackle the challenges states and local communities may face.View PDF