The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Act 2015 came into force this month. This law requires Australian telecommunication companies and internet service providers (ISPs) to retain certain types of data on customer activity for a period of two years. This has been justified on the basis of preserving national security and prosecting serious crimes. There has been notable hysteria amongst the Australian public in reaction to this legislation. The extent to which this concern is warranted is the question for this article to consider.
Mediation refers to a process of non-adversarial negotiation between conflicting parties with the aid of an impartial intermediary (a mediator).
Dinner tables, coffee shops, work places, churches and even the sporting field have now become places where the Sydney property market is discussed. The once somewhat secluded topic of investment strategies, property purchases and portfolios has been laid bare for all to see and consider. The somewhat ridiculous and ‘crazy’ (ABC, 11 June 15) property market of Sydney and Melbourne has raised concerns about a possible housing price bubble. More than a few occasions I have been asked whether I would buy, or whether I think the property prices will ever come down. As a Gen Y who aspires to enter the property market in the future these questions are extremely pertinent.