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New Zealand: Bill Providing for Bereavement Leave Following Miscarriage Passed

(Mar. 26, 2021) On March 24, 2021, the New Zealand Parliament unanimously passed the Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill (No 2). The Bill “makes it clear that the unplanned end of a pregnancy by miscarriage or still-birth constitutes grounds for bereavement leave for the mother and her partner or spouse, and that the […]

New Zealand: Amendments Enacted to Remove Barriers to the Establishment of Maori Seats by Local Authorities

(Mar. 5, 2021) On March 1, 2021, the Local Electoral (Maori Wards and Maori Constituencies) Amendment Act 2021 (2021 Act) received royal assent, having been passed by the New Zealand Parliament on February 23, 2021. The amendments to the Local Electoral Act 2001 were passed under urgency procedures, as the government considered that local authorities […]

Australia: New Legislation Establishes Code of Conduct for Negotiations between News Media and Digital Platforms over Payments for Content

(Feb. 26, 2021) On February 25, 2021, the Australian Parliament passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code) Bill 2021 (Cth). The bill, which has been the subject of considerable domestic and international discussion, establishes a “mandatory code of conduct that applies to news media businesses and digital platform corporations […]

Australia: Bill Making Vaccination Reporting Mandatory Passed

(Feb. 11, 2021) On February 4, 2021, the Australian Parliament passed the Australian Immunisation Register Amendment (Reporting) Bill 2021 (Cth), which amends the Australian Immunisation Register Act 2015 (Cth) (AIR Act) to “require recognised vaccination providers to report certain information in relation to certain vaccinations administered both within and outside Australia”; “authorise the collection and use […]

Tonga: Extension of COVID-19 State of Emergency and Related Directions

(Feb. 3, 2021) On January 19, 2021, the Tongan government extended the country’s state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the declaration next set to expire on February 15, 2021. The state of emergency, under the Emergency Management Act 2007, was first declared on March 20, 2020, by Prime Minister Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa […]

New Zealand: Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing Introduced for Certain Travelers

(Jan. 22, 2021) On January 3, 2021, New Zealand’s COVID-19 response minister, Chris Hipkins, announced that “[t]ravellers from the United Kingdom or the United States bound for New Zealand will be required to get a negative test result for COVID-19 before departing, and work is underway to extend the requirement to other long haul flights […]

Samoa: Controversial Constitutional Reforms Passed

(Jan. 13, 2021) On December 15, 2020, the Parliament of Samoa voted to pass three bills that “fundamentally alter the country’s constitution and judicial system.” The three bills – the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020, Land and Titles Bill 2020, and Judicature Bill 2020 – were introduced in March 2020 and passed with a vote of […]

Australia: Bill Banning Export of Unprocessed Waste Enacted

(Jan. 11, 2021) On December 15, 2020, Australia’s Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020 (Cth) received assent. The act implements an export ban on waste plastic, paper, glass, and tires agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in March 2020. At the same meeting, the Commonwealth (i.e., federal) government, state and territory governments, and […]

Indonesia: Entry of Foreigners Banned for Two Weeks in Response to New Variant of COVID-19

(Dec. 31, 2020) On December 28, 2020, the Indonesian government’s COVID-19 task force issued Circular No. 4/2020 Concerning Travel Health Protocols for People During the 2019 Corona Virus Disease Pandemic (COVID-19) (Surat Edaran Nomor 4 Tahun 2020 Tentang Protokol Kesehatan Perjalanan Orang Dalam Masa Pandemi Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)). The circular establishes a travel ban […]

Australia: Adopted Persons in NSW Able to Obtain Birth Certificates with Birth Family Information

(Dec. 24, 2020) On November 16, 2020, the Adoption Legislation Amendment (Integrated Birth Certificates) Act 2020 (NSW) came into force in the state of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, following its enactment in September 2020. The Act amended the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995 (NSW) (BDMR Act) and the Adoption Act 2000 (NSW) to […]