The focus on corporate conduct and enforcement continues with the announcement by the Federal Government of a review into Australia’s white-collar crime laws, including whether the current Commonwealth Criminal Code should be amended to enable senior corporate officers to be held liable for misconduct by corporations.
– the Australian government seeks to outlaw some types of extremist propaganda in some circumstances. The Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) Act 2019 (Cth) (the Act) was passed by the Australian parliament last Thursday (4 April), in response to livestreaming and subsequent sharing of footage of the Christchurch terror attack and it commenced on 6 April.
On 22 March 2018, the Senate referred an inquiry into the operation and effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct (Franchising Code) to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (Committee). The Committee released its Fairness in Franchising report (Report) on 14 March 2019.
On Monday 25 March, the Government announced plans to reform Australia’s privacy laws, as well as a significant boost to funding for Australia’s privacy regulator, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). While the announcement appeared to be directed toward concerns regarding the behaviour of technology and social media companies, the reforms to the penalty and enforcement regime would apply generally to all entities subject to the Privacy Act.