Legislation establishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) was passed by the Federal Parliament on 1 November 2012.
The Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011(Cth) (the Act) commenced on 4 January 2012. The Act requires all new bills and disallowable legislative instruments to be accompanied by a‘Statement of Compatibility with human rights’. Statements must assess compatibility against the seven main United Nations human rights treaties to which Australia is a party; however failure to do so will not render the law invalid.
The New Zealand Rugby Union team, the All Blacks, perform a specific haka called 'Ka Mate' composed by 18th Century Ngati Toa tribe war leader, Te Rauparaha.
Arts Minister Simon Crean announces $20 million fund to support Australia's digital games economy
On 20 November 2012, the Federal Government released an Exposure Draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 which consolidates the five existing Commonwealth anti-discrimination statutes.
On 27 October 2012 the Orphan Works Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.