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Two Years On, Are you Effectively Dealing with Modern Awards?

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Employers, some of whom have employees that are covered by a modern award for the first time as a result of the wider reach of the new system, have had time to familiarise themselves with...

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New Customs Licensing Conditions to be a Subject of CBFCA Member Forums in July

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There has been significant interest in the new conditions which the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (“Customs”) is imposing on those it licenses including licensed customs brokers, warehouse operators and depot operators.  These new...

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Customs turns attention to those operating licensed premises

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In recent updates, we have referred to the actions by the Minister for Home Affairs and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (“Customs”) in response to perceived problems with crime, corruption and security at...

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Full Federal Court Rules on “substitutability” in TCO Matters

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Some readers would be aware of extensive recent litigation on the availability of tariff concession orders (“TCOs”) in relation to “reach” and “lift” trucks which litigation has had broader consequences for the law relating to...

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Investigation into Alleged Subsidies and Dumping of Aluminium Road Wheels

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The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (“Customs”) has been conducting an investigation into alleged dumping and subsidies relating to the export of aluminium road wheels (“ARW”) from the PRC to Australia. Customs had very...

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Enterprise Agreement Bargaining Representatives – are not your friends

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Recently a large employer found to its cost that union bargaining representatives knew the employer was signing up to a deal it did not truly appreciate but did nothing to alert the employer to its...

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Knock Knock…Who’s there?

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Last month, Federal MP Steve Georganas, introduced the Do Not Knock Register Bill 2012 in the lower house to establish the ‘Do Not Knock Register’. The private members Bill replicates the Do-Not-Call Register legislation introduced...

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Customs Unveils New Licence Conditions for Customs Brokers

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Previously, we reported on the likely impacts on industry from the recent announcements by the Minister for Home Affairs regarding increased control on cargo and those handling and the reporting of its movement through the...

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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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