NSW introduces new laws

THE start of 2010 signals the introduction of a raft of new laws and initiatives in NSW.

New laws include raising the legal school leaving age to 17 or the end of Year 10 and giving people greater access to information about their adoption.

NSW Attorney-General John Hatzistergos said the new laws were keeping pace with community needs and expectations.

“We are making further improvements to public health, with new laws to deter young people from taking up smoking, and creating initiatives such as the solar bonus scheme, making NSW a national leader in the clean energy revolution,” Mr Hatzistergos said.

“We also have new laws coming into effect which will benefit local rural industries and we’re commencing new national industrial relations laws, with a fair and balanced approach to regulating pay and working conditions.”

New laws include:

  •  Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2007. The Act constitutes a central ART donor register so that children born from ART procedures using donor gametes, or in some circumstances their parents or other persons with parental responsibility, may access information about their biological parent.
  •  Education Amendment Act 2009. Under the new provisions the minimum school leaving age will be the age at which the child completes Year 10 or 17 years of age – whichever comes first.
  •  Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 – extends the ban on the display of tobacco products to vending machines.
  •  Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Amendment (Heavy Vehicle Registration Charges) Act 2009 – improves the capacity of the Government to adopt nationally uniform heavy vehicle and trailer registration charges.
  •  Other new laws look to strengthen the justice system, including reforms giving families a greater say in the conduct of coronial investigations.

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