In this fortnight’s edition, the Federal Government has passed the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identity and Disrupt) Bill 2021 despite some concerns about needing further measures to protect the privacy of Australian citizens.
The Federal Government has also passed the Customs Amendment (Banning Goods Produced by Forced Labour) Bill 2021 signalling stronger measures to prevent Australian companies profiting from modern slavery overseas, coincidently passing on the 240th anniversary of the Internal Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.
In the Courts there have been some interesting decisions arising from issues in the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent example in this edition is Cotterill v Romanes  VSC 498 concerning a challenge that directions issued under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 were invalid because they infringed upon the implied freedom of political communication. The challenge was not successful and the decision provides a detailed explanation of the legal justification for the directions.
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