Yearly Archives: 2018

The biggest news in this past fortnight is, without doubt, the Liberal Party’s leadership spill, which has seen Malcolm Turnbull ousted from the country’s top job, with Scott Morrison successfully becoming Australia’s 30th Prime Minister. Given the substantial media coverage surrounding this, we have elected not to incorporate that into this edition.  This newsletter focuses […]

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The past fortnight has seen the State’s coroner stand aside following a complaint against her to the Judicial Commission of Victoria, IBAC released an updated report identifying corruption risks in public sector employment and recruitment and the Legislative Assembly refer a new complaint to Ombudsman Deborah Glass. Meanwhile the Government is overhauling Victoria’s suppression laws […]

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While the nation’s focus is on our capital and the Banking Royal Commission has a break from being front page news, this edition of our newsletter provides updates on the Commission as well as covering PPSR statistics, latest cases and relevant legislation in the banking and finance sector.

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In July 2018, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) published a draft taxation ruling (TR 2018/D2) on the provision of tax-free fringe benefits to religious practitioners – which will replace the previous ruling (TR 92/17). The context is, in short, that under section 57 of the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 (FBTAA), an employer can […]

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Australian life sciences company, QBiotics Group Limited, has signed an agreement with French-headquartered Virbac, one of the largest dedicated animal health companies globally, to market and distribute its canine anticancer drug, tigilanol tiglate. Under the agreement, Virbac is granted the right to market and distribute the anticancer pharmaceutical to veterinary markets in the USA, Switzerland, […]

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Thomson Geer has acted for Carino Care on the acquisition of a portfolio of residential aged care facilities from Ark Health Care. The portfolio consists of 272 approved places across four residential aged care facilities located at Rockdale, Sylvania, Oatley and Russell Lea in Sydney. The Thomson Geer team was led by Partners Marc Wyld […]

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Welcome to this fortnight’s edition of our NSW Public Sector Newsletter. The key focus is again on the new My Health Record, and in particular steps the Federal Government is taking to improve  privacy safeguards. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide government lawyers with a digestible and relevant snapshot of current news, case […]

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This fortnight saw the passing of further crime legislation in the lead up to the state election, with a bill enacted to keep police killed in prison, a bill introduced to strengthen monitoring of serious youth offenders and a bill announced to disrupt criminal gangs. IBAC also released a report that identified the key corruption […]

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In this edition, we see the approval of the new Banking Code of Practice along with a number of other banking related topics that have been in the media over the last fortnight.

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The ombudsman is investigating State Trustee’s treatment of vulnerable people, a memorandum of understanding has been agreed between Victoria Police and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation agency that will see the public better protected and the Department of Justice has released its report in relation to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into institutional abuse.

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