Yearly Archives: 2017

The most significant changes to Australian competition law in 20 years are soon to commence. On 18 October 2017, a number of amendments to Australia’s Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) passed through Parliament.  The changes follow recommendations arising from the ‘root and branch review’ of competition law and policy commenced by the Federal Government […]

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The purpose of this newsletter is to provide government lawyers with a digestible and relevant snapshot of current news, case law and legislation. We welcome feedback or suggestions for areas of interest at any time.

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In an article published by The Australian, Thomson Geer Chair Loretta Reynolds has discussed how the changing nature of the market for legal services is benefiting women lawyers, and clients alike. “Success in the law is now far less dependent on socialising and instead comes to those lawyers who understand their clients’ business, and get […]

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On Friday last week, the Public Works and Utilities Committee, the Queensland State Government’s committee tasked with reviewing the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill 2017 (BIF Bill), has tabled its findings in Parliament.  Click here to read the report in full. In short the committee has recommended the Bill be passed with very […]

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The past fortnight saw the States agreeing on new anti-terror measures and the Department of Education responding to anti-corruption agency investigations. However the good news story was a fall in Victoria’s crime rate for the first time in six years. In the courts, there was an interesting decision for us insurance tragics on the VWA’s […]

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In a team led by partners Scott Charaneka and Stanley Drummond, Thomson Geer has advised Industry Super Fund, Concept One, in its planned merger with WA Super.  The merger of the two Perth-based funds is expected to be completed in early 2018, and will have $3.2 billion in funds under management on behalf of 60,000 […]

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This edition covers the review of NSW community legal centre (CLC) services, a newly released guide to better data privacy management and much more.  Read more to view our full wrap-up of the past fortnight’s media, cases and legislation.

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The past fortnight witnessed a flurry of legislative activity with new laws introduced to protect victims of crime and witnesses, to protect Victorians from terrorism, to crack down on youth crime, to legalise voluntary assisted dying and to provide transparency in political donations. IBAC was active over the past fortnight releasing its annual report, investigating […]

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Thomson Geer has advised Marlin Home, a division of Coast2Coast Capital Group, on its recent acquisition of Independence Studios. This is the group’s fourth acquisition in the past 18 months, following the acquisitions of Albi in June 2016, The Décor Corporation in February 2017 and VGM International in March 2017. The Thomson Geer team was […]

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