Welcome to Issue 74 of the Victorian Public Sector Newsletter. It has been a busy fortnight!
On the human rights front, Australia’s status as an open democracy has been downgraded in a blunt assessment released this week by a global alliance of human rights organisations, and Amnesty International has published a report summarising key challenges affecting women human rights defenders globally. In other news, the financing company backing what is expected to be the largest class action in Australia’s history – over faulty airbags – has been dealt a blow by a recent High Court ruling.
In the meantime, Parliament has been busy, with new laws passed to keep terrorists behind bars longer, as well as to help stamp out foreign bribery offences, and the Prime Minister has announced that a new taskforce is to be established to target foreign interference in Australian activities and interests.
Some interesting papers and reports have also been published, with the Australian Law Reform Commission releasing a discussion paper setting out proposed reforms arising from its inquiry into Australia’s Corporate Criminal Responsibility Regime. Further, the Australian National Audit Office conducted an audit on the implementation of the My Health Record System, and a report of their findings was released on 25 November.
This will be our final Victorian Public Sector Newsletter for 2019, and we will resume again in early February, with an edition summarising any significant news arising over the holiday period.
Season’s Greetings from all of us, and we hope you enjoy time with your family and friends in the weeks ahead.View PDF