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"Safety and Fairness" and Remuneration in the Road Transport Industry – Will you be Caught?

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Will you be caught by the widening of responsibility for “safety and fairness” and remuneration in the road transport industry??? In November 2011 the Road Safety Remuneration Bill (“RSRB”) was introduced into Federal Parliament, aimed...

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Proposed Port of Melbourne Licence Fee Likely to Cause Higher Charges

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Key points The Victorian Government has introduced a Bill which would require the Port of Melbourne Corporation (“PoMC”) to pay the Government an annual Port Licence Fee (“PLF “) of $75 million. The PoMC has...

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Through the Looking Glass – Notes on Privacy

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Never think your personal information is safe. The Australian Information Commissioner recently released case notes on investigations concerning privacy-related complaints that illustrate the application of the Privacy Act in new circumstances, industries and subject areas....

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Exporters from China, Vietnam and Other Non-Market Economies to the US May Now be Entitled to Refunds of Countervailing Duties

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As many readers would be aware, WTO Agreements (adopted by member countries) allow for the imposition of anti-dumping duties (to remedy a situation where sales in export markets are at prices below values in country...

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Review of Not-for-Profit Governance Arrangements

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The Government is introducing significant changes to the not-for-profit sector including the establishment of the Australian Charities and Not-forProfits Commission (ACNC), due to commence on 1 July 2012. As part of that process, the government...

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Customs Issues Two New Important Notices Regarding Changes for 1 January 2012

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Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice No. 2011/62 This Notice is entitled “HS2012 Product-Specific Rules of Origin for Free Trade Agreements”. This Notice refers generally to changes to classifications associated with HS2012 changes. The Notice...

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The Credibility Gap and the Gullibility Fill: Perpetual Trustee Company Ltd v Milanex Pty Ltd (in Liquidation)

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In the recent case of Perpetual Trustee Company Ltd v Milanex Pty Ltd (in liquidation) [2011] NSWCA 367, the New South Wales Court of Appeal rejected a mortgage broker’s claim that a lender’s knowledge of...

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Are you Happy with Your Lot? What the New Owners Corporation Amendment Act 2013 (Vic) Will Mean for You

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Recently passed Victorian legislation provides clarity on the basis in which annual fees are to be set by Owners Corporations and establishes the procedure for Owners Corporations to follow for levying special fees, upgrading fees...

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Directors Avoid Tighter DPN Regime – for Now

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The proposed changes to the current Director Penalty Notice (“DPN”) rules were postponed following the sudden withdrawal of the Bill from Parliament.  This means that directors will continue to enjoy the 21 day notice period...

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Work Health Safety No Longer Just For Employers to Worry About

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The new Work Health Safety Act 2011 is uniform legislation designed to apply to all Australian states and territories from 1 January 2012, replacing all other state and territory occupational health and safety legislation. As...

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Telcos on the Front Foot in the Fight Against Piracy

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Only days before the High Court of Australia is set to hear an appeal by a group representing many of the largest entertainment industry rights holders in Australia against a Federal Court judgement in February that found...

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Defence Costs Precluded by Statutory Charge Over Insurance Monies

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A decision in this matter was handed down by the New Zealand High Court on 15 September 2011 that may have significant ramifications in Australia. The facts The case concerned the collapse of the Bridgecorp Group (which...

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