The human rights and privacy ramifications of COVID-19 measures have featured prominently in this fortnight’s discourse, with a dramatic increase in support for a Commonwealth Charter of Human Rights and privacy concerns expressed over vaccination passports/certificates. The High Court’s decision in Fairfax Media
Publications Pty Ltd v Voller has coincided with the Human Rights Law Centre’s call for a human rights charter to better protect press freedom and public debate in Australia. Meanwhile, the appointment of the Human Rights Commissioner has also prompted debate.
The Commonwealth Government has passed the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021, which is designed to prevent and address sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.
In the Courts, the Supreme Court has determined the appeal of a two VCAT decisions arising out of domestic building disputes and an application for leave to appeal a sentence for contempt of VCAT. Meanwhile, VCAT has determined the review of decisions made pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and an application for a grant of an Extended Litigation Restraint Order pursuant to the Vexatious Proceedings Act 2014.
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