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Indonesia: Constitutional Court Strikes Down Book Banning Law

(Oct. 15, 2010) On October 13, 2010, it was reported that the Constitutional Court of Indonesia had ruled that the 1963 Law on Securing Printed Materials Whose Content Could Disrupt Public Order, which allowed the Attorney-General's Office (AGO) to ban books, is unconstitutional and therefore “no longer legally binding.” (Camelia Pasandaran, Indonesian Government Stripped of […]

Australia: Major Class Action over Bank Fees Launched

(Sept. 28, 2010) On September 22, 2010, a class action lawsuit against the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) was filed in the Federal Court of Australia, in the first of a series of claims being brought against several banks for the return of potentially more than AU$5 billion (about US$4.8 billion) of […]

Indonesia: Attorney-General Told to Step Down Following Ruling of Constitutional Court

(Sept. 24, 2010) On September 22, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia ruled that, under the existing law, the Attorney-General's term expires with the end of the term of office of the President and other Cabinet members. Speaking after delivering the Court's decision, the Chief Justice said that the ruling meant that the term of […]

New Zealand: Legislation to Streamline Earthquake Recovery Efforts Passed

(Sept. 20, 2010) The Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act 2010 was introduced and passed by the New Zealand Parliament on September 14, 2010, ten days after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake caused widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure in the region. (New Zealand Parliamentary Library, Bills Digest No. 1805, Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Bill […]

Malaysia: Taskforce to Examine Potentially Divisive Internet Postings

(Sept. 9, 2010) On September 3, 2010, it was reported that the Malaysian government had established a taskforce to examine Internet postings that may be harmful to national unity. (Ng Cheng Yee, Task Force to Look Out for Sensitive Matter on Internet, THE STAR ONLINE (Sept. 3, 2010), The police, Internet regulators, the Information […]

Australia; New Zealand; World Trade Organization: Restrictions on Importation of New Zealand Apples Found Inconsistent with Trade Agreement

(Aug. 20, 2010) On August 9, 2010, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel issued its final report on a trade dispute involving a complaint by New Zealand that measures imposed by Australia on the importation of apples from New Zealand breached the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement). […]

Indonesia: New Anti-Terrorism Agency Established

(Aug. 9, 2010) On July 30, 2010, it was reported that the Indonesian government had issued a regulation formalizing the establishment of a new National Anti-Terrorism Agency. (Govt Issues Regulation on Establishment of Anti-Terrorism Agency, ANTARA NEWS (July 30, 2010), Presidential Regulation No. 46 of 2010 was made under the 2003 Anti-Terrorism Law (Law […]

Indonesia; Vanuatu: Vanuatu Parliament Passes Resolution on West Papua Independence

(July 21, 2010) On June 21, 2010, it was reported that the Vanuatu Parliament had unanimously passed a motion to raise questions with the United Nations regarding the status of West Papua, which is currently a province of Indonesia. (Vanuatu Wants UN to Discuss West Papua, RADIO AUSTRALIA (June 21, 2010), The Vanuatu government […]

Australia: New Consumer Credit Laws in Force

(July 14, 2010) New national consumer credit laws came into force in Australia on July 1, 2010. The reforms are intended to “improve credit and loan transactions, make financial institutions more responsible and to reduce red-tape for lenders and brokers.” (Press Release, No. 77, Hon. Chris Bowen & Hon. Tony Robinson, New National Consumer Credit […]

Australia; Japan: Legality of Scientific Whaling Program Challenged in International Court

(June 10, 2010) On June 1, 2010, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) released information on the proceedings instituted by Australia against Japan for alleged breaches of international obligations concerning whaling. (Press Release, ICJ, Australia Institutes Proceedings Against Japan for Alleged Breach of International Obligations Concerning Whaling (June 1, 2010), available at The Australian […]