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Growing acceptance of medicinal cannabis as a treatment for a wide range of conditions including epilepsy, anxiety and chronic pain, has seen regulations around its cultivation amended to support the industry in Australia. With the number of patients seeking access to medicinal cannabis in Australia expected to reach about 670,000 by 2030 [1], the changes […]

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A significant increase in sophisticated cyber-attacks over the past couple of years has highlighted the vulnerability of Australian industries and critical infrastructure to malicious online threats. The Australian Government’s response has been to amend the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (Cth) (SOCI Act) with the aim of strengthening cyber-security and resilience to attacks. Several amendments have […]

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) new advertising code aimed at tackling false and misleading advertising by social media influencers has come into force following a six month transition from the old code. The Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2021 (Code) was introduced by the TGA in response to rising incidences of insincere reviews of products by […]

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Franchising laws have changed, yet again! This time, with the introduction of the online Franchise Disclosure Register (Register). The Register will be a welcome introduction for prospective franchisees, who will soon have a more accessible means for obtaining information relevant to their decision to enter into a franchise agreement. Franchisors on the other hand should […]

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Modern Issues with Modern Art: the risks and rewards of NFTs

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The world of crypto is growing at light-speed. What started off as a largely mysterious phenomena called “bitcoin” has now become a more accepted and legitimate form of currency. However, the world of crypto is not limited to currencies. Recently, there has been an explosion of interest around non-fungible tokens, aka NFTs, with reports of […]

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One hundred years of Australian patent law was overturned last year when the High Court ruled on a patent infringement case allowing a company to sell used Epson printer ink cartridges that had been modified and refilled. The decision, Calidad Pty Ltd v Seiko Espson Corporation [2020] HCA 41, makes it clear that purchasers of […]

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The Federal Court recently ordered food giant Shepparton Partners Collective Operations Pty Ltd (SPC) to pay over a million dollars in damages to a software company in a case that serves as an important reminder to conduct comprehensive due diligence to ensure licences for critical software systems are properly transferred. Copyright infringement of unlicensed software […]

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Earlier this year, the Information and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk (Commissioner) made a landmark determination on a data breach by the then Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) that resulted in the sensitive information of 9,258 asylum seekers being made publicly available. The million dollar mistake In February 2014, as was the practice at […]

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The Instant Asset Write-Off (“IAWO“) scheme under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) (“the ITA“) allows business to claim an immediate deduction for depreciating assets, provided they are used for tax-deductible purposes. On 25 March 2020, the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020 (Cth) came into force as part of the Federal Government’s […]

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Earlier this year, South Australia joined all other mainland Australian states in allowing the commercial cultivation and transportation of Genetically Modified (GM) crops.  With the exception of Kangaroo Island, no individual South Australian areas will remain GM-free from November 2020, despite 11 applications for such designations being made. Introduction of moratorium Under the Genetically Modified Crops […]

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