NEWSLETTER: Victorian Public Sector Newsletter – Issue 84

15 June 2020

Publications

Welcome to Issue 84 of the Victorian Public Sector Newsletter.

In this edition, the Department of Home Affairs has released a scoping paper on how the Australian public sector can avoid supporting modern slavery in its procurement and purchasing practices. Relevant stakeholders have called upon the Department to ensure any plan to eradicate modern slavery focuses on human rights.

Back to news on COVID-19, the Federal Government will set up a new parliamentary inquiry into family, domestic and sexual violence including the impact of the COVID-19 stay at home orders.  The Victorian Government’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee is also now accepting submissions into its Inquiry into the Victorian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There have been some interesting decisions in the Courts, with the Victorian Court of Appeal considering the right to a trial by jury in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Federal Court ordering a telecommunications company hand over records identifying a reviewer on an online platform.  Finally, the High Court handed down the well-publicised decision to classify the correspondence relating to the dismissal of the Australian Government in 1975 between the Australian Governor General and Her Majesty the Queen as Commonwealth records under the Archives Act 1983.​

We hope you enjoy this edition of our public sector newsletter.

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