Australian Law

What the long-awaited law will cover

Direct discrimination

Friday, 10 July, 2009, 12:00am

Law needed to protect us from unscrupulous vendors

I refer to Jake van der Kamp's Monitor column ('Forget law, buyer beware best advice for thin seekers', February 27), concerning the Consumer Council's report recommending a general consumer protection law to outlaw false, misleading or deceptive conduct in trade or commerce. Van der Kamp argued that caveat emptor, let the buyer beware, was a better option than any proposed legislation.

7 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Ripped off

The Consumer Council wants new legislation to protect the public against unfair, misleading or deceptive conduct in the marketplace. Is such a law necessary and, if so, how wide-ranging should it be? Write to us.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Minister defends exemptions in race bill

There had been a lot of misunderstanding and distortions of the Race Discrimination Bill, the home affairs minister said yesterday as the Legislative Council gave the draft legislation its first reading.

Patrick Ho Chi-ping said he disagreed with criticism that the protection the bill offered minorities had been severely weakened because of the exemptions it contains.

14 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

October review set for wiretap case

Expedited hearing is in the public's interest, says judge

A government challenge to a recent judge's ruling that covert surveillance carried out by the ICAC was unconstitutional and deprived the accused in a bribery case of a fair trial will be heard in the High Court in October.

20 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Power change

The government's agreement with the two electricity companies on the scheme of control expires in 2008, and the public is to be consulted on any change. What tariff-based system do you favour? Share your views: write to us.

20 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

It's just not cricket, say the poor Poms

Every few years there comes an event that brings with it a rash of complaints under New South Wales' racial vilification laws: an English cricket tour to Australia.

This revelation has come with the publication of a study of complaints to the state's Anti-Discrimination Broad which found that Anglo-Celts - not Asians or Aborigines - headed the list of complainers.

16 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Oaths must be paid for

THE Home Affairs Branch rejected calls for a charge to be made for the service which allows the public to certify documents by oath or make declarations relating to immigration applications.

The branch said the statutory declaration service had been provided for more than 20 years and there was no compelling reason to levy a charge as suggested by Mr Jenney.

27 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Licence bids

TWO of 10 applications for liquor licences were rejected - one because it was not a genuine club and the other because it served alcohol to people under 18.

23 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

NT Land amendment passed

LEGISLATORS last night endorsed controversial legal changes giving women equal inheritance rights to New Territories land.

Almost all the major political parties - the Liberal Party, the United Democrats and Meeting Point - and many independent legislators supported the amendment to the New Territories Land (Exemption) Bill.

23 Jun 1994 - 12:00am