Publications

If passed, the Social Media (Anti-Trolling) Bill 2021 (Cth) will significantly expand the liability of social media platforms for defamatory posts by their users, deny the platforms recourse to the innocent dissemination defence and make access to a new safe-harbour defence conditional on unmasking anonymous end-users (which raises complex practical and ideological issues, with implications […]

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Key lessons Publishers seeking to rely on an honest opinion defence will need to show the opinion was capable of being rationally based on the proper material – a common substratum of fact was held to be insufficient. Defamation plaintiffs should carefully consider the likely costs of defamation proceedings before commencing proceedings, particularly when choosing […]

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Welcome to Iatest addition of the NSW Public Sector Newsletter. This month, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) released the Obtaining independent advice: dos and don’ts guide, which provides tips about what public officials need to know when obtaining independent expert advice and the Dealing with incumbent providers in procurement guide. We hope you enjoy this edition of our fortnightly […]

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The past fortnight has seen the Government pass laws in relation to discrimination in Victorian schools and workplaces and the pandemic, with the Law Institute of Victoria welcoming amendments to the Pandemic Management Bill. Legislation in relation to spent convictions and the ability for the Magistrates’ Court to resolve disputes involving an interstate party that […]

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Director Identification Number (“DIN“) requirements have come into effect as part of the new federal director identification requirements aimed at helping stamp out illegal phoenixing activity. We set out below guidance for affected directors, including the application process for applying for a DIN. What is a DIN? A DIN is a unique 15 digit identifier […]

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Welcome to the latest issue of our SA Public Sector Newsletter, our last for 2021. In this issue we find a focus on children and young people. The children of domestic violence survivors are to receive dedicated, specialist support of their own under a new program from the Department of Human Services (DHS) designed to […]

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The High Court of Australia has confirmed that Freezing Orders made by the Federal Court of Australia can apply to a party’s assets outside Australia, in a judgement involving a Chinese billionaire who has a $141 million tax bill from the Australian Taxation Office. The judgement – Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Huang [2021] HCA […]

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Welcome to the latest issue of our Banking Sector Newsletter, our last for 2021. The Reserve Bank of Australia may need to increase interest rates earlier than it anticipates, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has warned. The OECD says the RBA needs to be vigilant to signs of rising inflation. Meanwhile the […]

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Victoria’s new pandemic law is progressing with key amendments being put forward to the Public Health and Wellbeing (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021 and being debated in the Victorian Parliament.. In this edition, eSafety is in the spotlight with tougher penalties being a key part of the new Online Safety Act which comes into force next […]

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Welcome to the latest issue of our SA Public Sector Newsletter. New legislation which allows police to issue instant loss of licenses has passed the House of Assembly in South Australia. In Australian-first legislation, the Road Traffic (Drug Driving and Careless or Dangerous Driving) Amendment Bill 2021, will enable SAPOL to issue instant loss of […]

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