Welcome to my last post of 2023. It is fitting that the year ends as it began – with another decision in the long-running saga of GST, gold, and the anti-avoidance provisions in Division 165 of the GST Act – HNMF and Commissioner of Taxation  AATA 4067. In the
Check out my recent video presentation entitled “ACCC Cheat Sheet – November 2023” in which I look at ACCC developments in November 2023 including the consultations on the proposed unfair trading practices law and merger reforms, the seventh digital platforms report, the ACCC’s first MOOves on greenwashing enforcement and the
Hungry Jacks has won a legal fight against McDonalds over the use of its Big Jack and Mega Jack trademarks. And a court in Italy has handed prison sentences to more than 200 people over their links to the ‘Ndrangheta crime group.
If a juror does their own research in a trial, does that mean that any guilty verdict reached by the jury is dangerous and should be quashed? And a look at when violence in sport crosses the line and becomes a criminal law matter.
Check out my recent presentation entitled “ACCC Cheat Sheet – October 2023” in which I discuss ACCC happenings in October 2023, including Brookfield’s successful navigation of ACCC Origin buyout minefield, Meta’s case of premature application, Tesla’s fob fail, Petstock’s faux-paw, caravan industry warning (or RV going to get sued?) and
In an historic decision, the High Court has ruled that indefinite immigration detention is unlawful. And could convicted terrorist Abdul Nacer Benbrika be released following a successful appeal against a conviction that saw him stripped of Australian citizenship.
Check out my recent video presentation entitled “ACCC Cheat Sheet – September 2023” in which I outline all the ACCC developments for September 2023, particularly the opposition to the Transurban/Horizon and Endeavour/Rye Hotel acquisitions, the ACCC’s Unfair Contract Term warning, the Government’s consultation on the proposed unfair trading practices laws
In a wide-ranging interview, the outgoing High Court Chief Justice Susan Kiefel speaks to Damien Carrick about her unlikely journey to the top judicial job, women in the law, and her support for joint judgments.
If the Victorian government wants to find land for additional housing, it should consider limiting people from contracting out of the planning system. At the moment, the provisions for removing restrictive covenants via the Planning and Environment Act 1987 barely … Continue reading →
A developer may want to know whether a particular development proposal will comply with a restrictive covenant. It might be a mistake to believe this power exists in section 84(2) of the Property Law Act 1958 that provides: (2) The … Continue reading →
In the lead-up to the referendum vote, the Law Report discusses the constitutional implications of the proposal for an Indigenous Voice to parliament. Also in the program, could pill testing of illicit drugs save lives?
What recommendations does the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability make in its final report to the federal government? And, in a legal first, a South Australian woman has been sent to jail for impersonating a registered health practitioner.
For the first time in Australia, a patient who chose to undergo voluntary assisted dying has donated their organs for transplant. So, how did the strict legal and regulatory frameworks governing the processes in Victoria interact in this case?
Can you sue your Judge? “Mr Stradford”, a father of two, has been awarded $300,000 in damages in recognition of the significant distress he experienced after he was wrongfully jailed by Federal Circuit Court Judge Salvatore Vasta.
If you knew that something illegal, dangerous, negligent or corrupt was happening in your workplace – what would you do? Who would you turn to for advice? A new report from the Human Rights Law Centre has found that there has not been a successful case brought by a whistleblower