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Responsible Lending guidance in turmoil following decision by the Federal Court in the Westpac case

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Contents: 1. The Case 2. The First Case on Responsible Lending 3. Westpac Saves $35million 4. Issues on which the case was decided 4.1 Taking Declared Living Expenses into Account in the Credit Assessment Process...

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Starting Out on the Right Foot

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Strategies for start-ups to enhance value and reduce risk So you’ve decided to start up a new business. You’ve: decided upon the vision, values and goals; assessed the competition and resources challenges; identified your target...

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ASIC Public Hearings on Responsible Lending Reforms to take place next week

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ASIC has announced it will hold public hearings in Sydney on 12 August 2019 and Melbourne on 19 August 2019 in response to its proposal to update guidance on responsible lending. When ASIC released consultation...

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Dumping duty assessments – A possible solution to unexpected dumping duties

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With rates sometimes exceeding 100%, dumping duties are one of the key focus areas of the Australian Border Force and importers.  Importers can face unexpected dumping duty bills that run into the millions of dollars...

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Reforms to Debt Administration Agreements showing potential to reshape the debt administration industry

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The Bankruptcy Amendment (Debt Agreement Reform) Act 2018 (Cth) was designed to and is already having a major impact on the debt administration industry in Australia following its commencement on 27 June 2019. The aim...

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Hold the Phones! ASIC moves to ban unsolicited telephone sales of direct life insurance and consumer credit insurance

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ASIC has proposed to ban unsolicited telephone sales of life insurance (including funeral insurance) and Consumer Credit Insurance (CCI) when sold with general or no advice. This proposed ban will even extend to financial advisers...

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Privacy and Data Protection Fundamentals: Are You Keeping it Private?

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What does the restaurant booking you just made, your tenancy application, and the latest app for your customers all have in common? Personal information and privacy. Privacy and data breaches are hot topics here and...

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Recent Changes to Employment Legislation and Regulations

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In this edition: Changes to thresholds and rates Casual conversion Casual loading and double dipping Long Service Leave Act New Victorian Long Service Benefits Portability Scheme New Labour Hire Licensing Scheme for Victoria Enhanced Protection...

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Lending the homeless a helping hand

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It’s estimated 49,200 people will sleep rough on the street across Australia this year, and the number is increasing. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) was launched in 1982 with just four staff. Over the...

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The unintended outcome of the US China Trade war – Australian manufacturers accuse US exporters of unfair trade practices

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In the trade war between the US and China it is the Chinese that are painted by the US as not playing by the rules. In an ironic turn of events, the Australian Government is...

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Ready, Set, Go! – Tracking the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Banking Royal Commission

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Click here to download a copy of this report The report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry made 76 recommendations to improve the sector. With so many...

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Social and climate change impacts considered in rejecting development consent for new coal mine: The Rocky Hill case

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On 8 February 2019 Chief Justice Preston of the Land and Environment Court handed down his judgement in Gloucester Resources Limited v Minister for Planning [2019] NSWLEC 7. The case involved the refusal of development...

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