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Help! I can’t comply with my contract due to Coronavirus: a guide to contract relief during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Countries across the globe have taken unprecedented steps to curtail the spread of COVID-19, however, this has seen major disruptions within the...

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ASIC announces a change in its regulatory focus during the Covid 19 emergency

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The announcement by ASIC on Monday 23 March 2020 that it is recalibrating its regulatory priorities to focus on COVID-19 challenges is a welcome relief to the finance industry in these challenging times. ASIC states that it...

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Temporary changes to insolvency laws amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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On Sunday 22 March 2020, the Australian Federal Government announced that it will make temporary amendments to insolvency and corporation laws in light of the economic challenges otherwise profitable and viable businesses are facing amid...

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COVID-19: our response

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We’re monitoring the situation daily for the safety of our people. We take the health and wellbeing of our people, clients and the community extremely seriously. The COVID-19 measures we have implemented are consistent with...

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Government releases raft of draft legislation to implement further recommendations of the Banking, Superannuation & Financial Services Royal Commission

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A raft of draft legislation to implement a further 22 of the recommendations of the Banking, Superannuation & Financial Services Royal Commission (Royal Commission) was announced by the Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP on...

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Introduction of Comprehensive Credit Reporting – it is progressing

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Legislation to implement mandatory comprehensive credit reporting (MCCR) is progressing in the Senate, having already been passed by the House of Representatives. the National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Mandatory Credit Reporting and other Measures) Bill...

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Fruit of the poisonous tree: when illegally obtained evidence can be used in Court

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In recent developments, the High Court of Australia in Kadir v The Queen; Grech v The Queen [2020] HCA 1 considered when illegally obtained evidence can be admissible in court and whether or not the...

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What is a dumping continuation inquiry and why will it have a big impact on importers of aluminium extrusions?

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Dumping duties payable on the importation of aluminium extrusions continues to be a key focus of the Australian Border Force.  This is not surprising given that inadvertent non-compliance remains high and the relevant duty rates...

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Variations to the Credit Reporting Code (CRC)

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A variation to the Privacy (Credit Reporting) Code 2014 (the “CR Code”) has been approved by  the Australian Information Commissioner (“OAIC”)  commencing 14 February 2020. The OAIC has given a summary of the changes: Writs...

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Modern Slavery Act – the implications for businesses in Australia

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When we think of slavery, we don’t think of Australian businesses. However, more than half of our imported goods come from Asia and the Pacific, an area that accounts for 62% of the global estimate...

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My company has been wound up! What are my options?

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There is a common misunderstanding that if an order is made winding-up a company then this order is set in stone.  This, however, is not the case. The corporations law provides a means to wind...

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Coronavirus – The legal impact on international supply chains

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The coronavirus outbreak represents an unforeseen and uncontrollable event.  The global focus is rightly on the human impact and in an effort to limit the spread of the virus, Governments are taking measures that are...

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