No jab, no work – FWO’s updated advice still leaves questions for employers

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) posted updated guidance on its website last night relating to the power of employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees. This is an issue that we have also discussed before. Pr...

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New Customs legislation to change the effect of recent Australian cases – However, we still need to learn French

Over the past few years, Customs has had some major, and at times, surprising losses in Australian Courts and Tribunals (including one case where wheelie bins were classified as vehicles!).  The most high profile loss concerned t...

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Insolvency Reforms: for better or for worse?

On 24 September 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced what it called the most significant reforms to Australia's insolvency framework in over 30 years. "The reforms, which draw on key features from Chapter 11 of the...

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First dumping, now Australian wine exporters face a countervailing duty investigation by the Chinese Government

Following on from the recently announced dumping duty investigation into Australian wine, the Chinese Government hit the industry with a countervailing duty investigation on 31 August.  Below we briefly set out the claims that wi...

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China commences anti-dumping investigation against Australian wine

What is dumping and what do wine exporters need to do now? The announcement that China has commence an anti-dumping investigation into Australia wine has come as a surprise many.  Dumping is associated with unfair tactics and ...

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Steel pipe classification case decided against Customs based on French translation of HS Code

Customs famously went to the High Court arguing that the interpretation of the Australian tariff classification legislation should be interpreted consistently with the French version of the harmonised system (HS) for tariff classi...

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