Corrs In Brief

Corrs In Brief offers the latest updates on legal issues and developments, focusing on their impact to your business and industry.

ARENA’s 2015-2016 funding priorities

24 July 2015

Last week the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced its funding priorities for the 2015/2016 financial year alongside its new streamlined programme structure.

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The NSW Environment Protection Authority adopts new “Guidelines on the Duty to Report Contaminated under the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997"

21 July 2015

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has published new Reporting Guidelines to set reporting thresholds and provide guidance on the duty to report contamination under s60 of the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 (NSW).

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Dissenting judgment points to possibility of easier employee access to general protection claims

15 July 2015

A dissenting judgment in the Federal Court makes further High Court consideration of the adverse action principles likely. This may result in a reconsideration of some of the employer-friendly aspects of the High Court BHP decision.

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Australian agriculture investment update

8 July 2015

Welcome to the first edition of the Australian Agriculture Investment Update, a quarterly publication prepared by Corrs Chambers Westgarth for clients and contacts who are interested in investment activity in the Australian agriculture sector.

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Avoiding the pitfalls of comparative advertising

30 June 2015

Samsung Electronics Australia Pty Limited v LG Electronics Australia Pty Limited provides three simple lessons for businesses who regularly use comparative advertising and who want to avoid allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct.

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Surprise FOFA amendments a new Financial Year present

30 June 2015

New FOFA regulations made on Friday will come into effect on 1 July despite only being announced by the Assistant Treasurer that same day.

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Existing laws reach retirement - Fundamental changes to superannuation governance announced

26 June 2015

All boards of RSE licensees will be required to have a minimum one-third independent directors and an independent chair on the board under draft legislation released by the Treasury for consultation today.

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A limited life for insurers’ regulations - Significant reform proposals announced for retail life insurers

25 June 2015

ASIC has announced it will consider the just-released industry sponsored reform package as part of its response to significant non-compliance with financial services law in the retail life insurance industry.

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The High Court bites local government review process

23 June 2015

This article considers the recent High Court case, Isbester v Knox City Council, which dealt with the perception of bias. Decision-makers whose decisions may be subject to judicial review will find this case interesting.

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Corporations beware! The High Court delivers ‘Contempt 101’

18 June 2015

The High Court has confirmed that corporations charged with contempt of court cannot rely upon the privilege against self-incrimination, self-exposure to penalty or the ‘companion rule’ as a basis for objecting to an order for discovery.

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