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Federal Government to get Tougher on the Control of Ports, Airports

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Previously, we article addressed some stories in the Fairfax media and media releases by the Minister for Home Affairs (“Minister”) which referred to concerns as to potential corruption of Government officials and misuse of the Integrated Cargo System (“ICS”)...

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Minimum Wage Decision

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The minimum wage panel of Fair Work Australia (“FWA”) handed down its annual decision on minimum wages at 10:00 am this morning. FWA has made the following determinations: to increase the national minimum wage by...

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Warning! Customs requires securities for duties on ARW from the PRC

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Many of you would be aware of the developments with the investigation regarding the proposed imposition of dumping and countervailing duties on Aluminium Road Wheels (“ARW”) exported from the PRC. Most recently this included the issue by Customs...

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High Court Refuses Special Leave Application to Straits Exploration

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A ruling which could block developments on land where traditional ownership of significant sites can be asserted. On 11 May 2012 the High Court refused an application for special leave to appeal a decision of...

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Shake-up of Privacy Laws

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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, “For Your Information:...

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World Wide Web of Laws Entangling Social Media

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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 desire to...

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Further MAFTA Update

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Introduction As foreshadowed in my e-alert of yesterday, the Australian Trade Minister and his Malaysian counterpart signed the Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (“MAFTA”) yesterday in Malaysia. Consequently, the Australian Federal Government has released documentation regarding...

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National Business Names Register Briefing – 10 Top Tips for Business Owners

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There’s now less than a week to go before ASIC launches the new national business names system, supported by ASIC’s online service portal, ASIC Connect, and its new search features. Here are our ten top tips for business owners: 1. Mind...

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Australian FTA with Malaysia to be Signed Today

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Australia and New Zealand already have a free trade agreement with the ASEAN group of nations (“ASEAN FTA”) which includes Malaysia. Accordingly, the separate FTA with Malaysia (“MAFTA”) will constitute an enhancement to the existing...

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Final Credits Roll in iiNet Trilogy

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In a landmark ruling on 20 April 2012, the High Court unanimously dismissed an appeal by 34 Australian and United States film and television studios against internet service provider (“ISP”) iiNet. The High Court held...

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Road Safety Remuneration, Dumping, IP, Logging Review and Chain of Responsibility?  

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Following is a short update on the status of relevant legislation. In an earlier update, we provided a summary of the extensive reforms contained in the Road Safety Remuneration Bill 2012 (“RSB”). Following detailed Parliamentary...

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

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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...

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