Shake-up of Privacy Laws

On 23 May, privacy law reform took a step closer with the introduction of the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 into Parliament. The Bill stems from the 2008 Australian Law Reform Commission report, “...

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World Wide Web of Laws Entangling Social Media

The nature of communication and the interaction between people is drastically evolving. We are moving towards a world where everything is connected through the internet, specifically through social media. We have a strong desi...

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The sting for General Counsel in the James Hardie decisions – Shafron v ASIC and ASIC v Hellicar

On 3 May 2012, the High Court handed down two important decisions in the matters of Peter James Shafron v ASIC [2012] HCA 18 and ASIC v Meredith Hellicar & Ors [2012] HCA 17. Both decisions deal with company officers’ du...

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Cyberspace is no Longer a Lawless World

A topic of much-heated debate out in the online community and through the realms of cyberspace is whether there is a social media law? Although there is no Social Media Act or Social Networking Act, it is important to recognise ...

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Easier to List on ASX – Proposed Lowering of Shareholder Spread Requirement

ASX proposals and consultation To qualify for a listing on ASX (including a backdoor listing), ASX Listing Rules require the entity to have a minimum number of shareholders. This shareholder spread requirement is often a signific...

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Do you Find Contracts Complicated and Confusing? The Attorney General Wants to Hear From You!

On 22 March, Nicola Roxon released a discussion paper on reform to contracts law in Australia. Even though our contracts law system “performs well by national standards” there is “no reason for complacency” and the Aus...

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