New Laws to Affect Incorporated Associations

Earlier this year, the Victorian Parliament passed the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 ("Act"). The Act will replace the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 when it comes into force on 26 November 2012. There will be...

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Content Classification to be at the Forefront of New Media Technology

Recently, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) finished a review of Australia's classification laws. This was the first review of its kind in two decades. In that 20-year period, technology has rapidly progressed, making cu...

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Facebook Users get Tagged by Judge for Unacceptable Behaviour

Jail time for a Facebook stunt goes to show that what you do with social media can have real world legal consequences. It is important to recognise that the laws that apply in the real world also apply in cyberspace. Earlier in...

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Change of Policy on FIRB Approval for Foreign State-Owned Enterprises

Brian Wilson, the Chairman of the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB), told a Senate Committee on 16 August 2012 that FIRB will publish guidelines to clarify requirements for FIRB approval for investments in Australian entities...

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Non-Residents May No Longer Enjoy the 50% Discount on Capital Gains

As part of the 2012-13 Budget, the Federal Government announced it proposes to remove the 50% capital gains tax discount for non-residents on certain capital gains accrued after 7.30 pm (AEST) on 8 May 2012. As a result, non-resid...

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Knock Knock…Who’s there?

Last month, Federal MP Steve Georganas, introduced the Do Not Knock Register Bill 2012 in the lower house to establish the ‘Do Not Knock Register’. The private members Bill replicates the Do-Not-Call Register legislation intro...

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