Corrs In Brief

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

Executive officers - be warned – your right to silence under the Environmental Protection Act has been removed

13 May 2016

Recent amendments to the Environmental Protection Act, assented to on 27 April 2016, now compel an individual to answer a question put to them under s476 of the Act even if answering might tend to incriminate the individual.

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Ensure your R&D activities are not criminal activities

11 May 2016

As of April 2016, it is now a criminal offence under the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 (Cth) (DTCA) to supply, publish or broker certain defence-related goods and technologies without an appropriate permit or approval.

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Will an adjudication determination ordering a party to pay money prevent that party from calling on contractual security?

10 May 2016

A recent WA Supreme Court decision clarifies the scope of sections 38 and 45(3) of the Construction Contracts Act 2004, important provisions concerning the binding nature of adjudication determinations and their admission into evidence.

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The Safeguard Mechanism commences on 1 July 2016: what does it mean for business?

10 May 2016

The Safeguard Mechanism is the final, critical component of the Emissions Reduction Fund, the centrepiece of the current Government’s climate change and emissions reduction policy.

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Knock Knock, Who’s There? – What not to do when union officials seek entry to your worksite

9 May 2016

We review the recent decision in Bragdon v Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate [2016] FCAFC 64. The case demonstrates the risks of letting union officials on site, without a statutory right.

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Making a political donation for the 2016 Federal Election: A quick refresher on the key issues for business

5 May 2016

With the Budget announced and the 2016 Federal Election imminent it is the ideal time for business to refresh their knowledge on Commonwealth political donation laws.

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Superannuation slammed and carved up in budget – the reform cycle continues

4 May 2016

Sweeping superannuation changes that will significantly impact industry and all superannuants have been announced by the Federal Government in its 2016/2017 Budget

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Federal Budget 2016-17 – Key tax measures for business

4 May 2016

Last night, the Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison MP, released the 2016-7 Federal Budget. With an announcement regarding an election expected to be imminent, the Government has released a conservative budget that doesn’t tackle structural tax reform

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In-play betting – don't bet on it

2 May 2016

The Corrs Gaming & Wagering practice group provide an update on in-play betting in Australia following the release of the Federal Government’s views about future changes to online gambling regulation.

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Significant changes to Victoria’s Aboriginal heritage legislation will commence soon – what you need to know

28 April 2016

Earlier this year, the Aboriginal Heritage Amendment Act 2016 (Vic) (Amending Act) was passed by the Victorian State Parliament. The Amending Act introduces a number of significant changes to the way that Aboriginal heritage is managed in Victoria.

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