January 21, 2014
By PATRICK KEYZER, Professor of Constitutional Law.
Last week the Queensland Attorney-General, Jarrod Bleijie MP, decided not to appeal two decisions of the Queensland Court of Appeal, handed down on 6 December last year, striking down the Criminal Law Amendment (Public Interest Declarations) Act.
The Public Interest Declarations Act, enacted on 17 October 2013, was the latest in a decade of reforms to the law governing the preventive detention of serious sex offenders.
The Act authorized the Attorney-General to “request” the Governor of Queensland “in Council” to make a “public interest declaration” that a sex offender released from detention by the Queensland Supreme Court or the Queensland Court of Appeal should be returned to prison if it was in the public interest to do so.
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May 3, 2013
In conjunction with Fitness Australia and Sports Medicine Australia, the AFIRM team is set to undertake a nationwide survey of the fitness industry concerning risk management practices.
Participate and Win!
The anonymous survey can be completed by fitness professionals who are either casual, part-time, full-time, managers, self-employed and/or owners. Fitness industry professionals completing the survey go into the draw to win a return airfare, accommodation and ticket to Fitness Australia’s industry breakfast and forum in Sydney in October. The runner-up will receive an iPad.
If you’re a fitness industry professional keen to have your say and help change the face of the Australian fitness industry, don’t delay, be part of this ground-breaking research project and complete the online survey today. Surveys must be completed by 21 June.
Click here to take the survey
April 30, 2013
The Institute’s recent conference in Sydney not only marked the AFIRM’s inaugural forum to discuss legal risk management in the fitness industry. Additionally, the aptly named conference, ‘Is Your Fitness Business At Risk?’ also saw the launch of two reports tailored for the Australian Fitness industry.
Offering up-to-the-minute, industry-relevant information, the reports offer fitness industry professionals an insight into liability for workplace health and safety in the Australian fitness industry, and planning and buiding regulations affecting fitness businesses. The reports are the second set of key deliverables as part of the AFIRM team’s ARC linkage grant: Legal risk management of adverse health outcomes and injury in the fitness industry.
To view the reports click the links below:
Author: Joel Butler
Liability for Workplace Health and Safety in the Australian Fitness Industry
Authors: Rebecca Richardson and Jacqui Salter
Planning and Building Regulation for Fitness Businesses
April 29, 2013
By MARCUS BREEN, Professor of Communication and Media, editor of the International Journal of Technology Knowledge and Society, and member of the Institute for Law, Government and Policy.
April 8-10, Darmstadt, Germany, first COST Action. Invited as a non-EU COST member, funded by the Australian Academy of Science.
23 years after Arjun Appadurai’s essay Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy appeared this COST Action offers a concerted way forward for the discussion of work and labour. Article link
While Appadurai’s five dimensions of global cultural flows are still relevant – ethnoscapes, mediascapes, technoscapes, financescapes, ideoscapes – the context has changed. The European Union and the US are counterbalanced by the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). Multipolar economies operate at a ridiculously rapid speed, offering less rather than more space for comprehending how the systems fit together. That has produced rather less comfort for regulators and the public interest, as private interests sometimes with the active support of national governments have aggressively encouraged wage / labour arbitrage. Massive profits have become typical of this new context, while government oversight has been minimal.
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