Norton Rose Fulbright
Authors Jacinta Studdert, Amelia Dixon-Weidner, Sarah Ralph, Nancy Mudditt, David Guthrie, Allison Hunt, Adrian Wong, Ben Allen, Hamish McNair, Adrian D’Amico, Nick Beresford-Wylie, Susan Rose, Ashley Tsacalos, Vince Sharma, Edward Campbell, Keith Redenbach, Vanessa Verzi
Welcome to the March edition of the Public law report for 2012, which provides essential updates for public sector managers and government lawyers on legislative and policy developments, as well as notes on important decisions by courts and tribunals.
This edition contains an overview of recent judgments and their future implications including the constitutional validity of the provision of grants to schools or religious institutions, how discrimination on the grounds of ‘political activity’ is dealt with under different pieces of legislation, the approach by courts to interpreting clauses in government subcontracts and the taxation obligations of government owned corporations. We also look at a recent appeal discussed in the December 2011 issue of the Public law report in relation to the causative link between exposure to asbestos and mesothelioma. We outline ways in which government agencies can use alternative dispute resolution to achieve financial efficiencies and the proper processes that government agencies and departments should undertake to manage and deal with long term employment issues and procedural fairness when making determinations.
Finally, this edition includes important updates in relation to privacy law, recent amendments to the public access legislation as well as changes to the government procurement structure in NSW.