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Peak Indebtedness Peaking Again? Special leave sought for High Court appeal

On 10 May and 24 June 2021, the Full Court of the Federal Court delivered unanimous judgments in Badenoch Integrated Logging Pty Ltd v Bryant, in which the Full Court held that the peak...

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COVID-19 Construction Shutdown

The construction ban commencing on 19 July 2021 in NSW extends to all ‘construction sites’ in Greater Sydney.

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Update on lifting of on-shore conventional gas moratorium

As of 1 July 2021, the moratorium on onshore conventional gas exploration and production that was put in place by the Victorian Government in 2014 was lifted, but a ban on fracking and coal seam...

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CarbonNet and Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain projects enabled under the Victorian OPGGS Amendment Bill

Various commercial projects are now permitted following implementation of a cross-boundary title regime which removes legislative barriers to greenhouse gas storage activities which overlap...

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Energy Legislation Amendment Bill

Victoria’s energy system is rapidly transitioning as Victoria pursues its legislated 2050 net-zero target. To support physical changes to the existing electricity network, regulatory reform is...

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Treasury consults on Relief for Foreign Financial Service Providers

On 9 July 2021, the Department of the Treasury of the Australian Government released a consultation paper seeking industry feedback on options to extend regulatory relief to certain Foreign...

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ASIC consults on the regulation of Litigation Funding Schemes

On 9 July 2021, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) issued Consultation Paper 345 – Litigation funding schemes: Guidance and relief (CP 345). CP 345 contains ASIC’s proposed...

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COVID-19 mandatory vaccinations in clinical and healthcare settings

Medical experts consider that the Delta strain is up to 40% more contagious than the previous strain of COVID-19, which significantly elevates the amount of risk to workers in sectors like health...

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Electronic execution and online meetings – permanent reforms are on the way

On 25 June 2021, Commonwealth Treasury issued an exposure draft of legislation to make permanent reforms to the Corporations Act in relation to electronic execution of documents and online meetings...

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Respect@Work: Government introduces Bill to tackle sexual harassment in workplaces

As foreshadowed in our client alert Proposed reforms to tackle sexual harassment, the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021 has been introduced into Parliament.

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The class exemption for small business collective bargaining is now in play

On 3 June 2021, the much-anticipated class exemption for small businesses, franchisees and fuel retailers came into effect.

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Peak Indebtedness: In the Gunn

In a significant decision delivered on 10 May 2021, in which JWS acts for the plaintiff liquidators of the Gunns Group, the Full Federal Court in Badenoch v Bryant has declined to follow some six...

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Energy Security Board: Post 2025 Market Design, Options – A paper for consultation

The Energy Security Board (ESB) was established by COAG to develop required changes to the National Electricity Rules to meet the changing needs of the Australian electricity market.

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Hydrogen 2021 Federal Budget Update

On 11 May 2021 the Treasurer of the Commonwealth, the Honourable Josh Frydenberg, handed down the 2021/2022 Federal Budget. Pursuant to the Paris Agreement, the Government has committed to reducing...

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May Australian Energy & Resources Market Update

Our update covers mining, oil and gas, electricity and renewable energy.

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National Gas Infrastructure Plan - Interim Report

The Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources recently published its Interim Report in relation to its proposed National Gas Infrastructure Plan (NGIP). The purpose of the...

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Federal Budget 2021

In this special Insight we bring you the key taxation measures announced by the Treasurer, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg, in the 2021-22 Australian Federal Budget on Tuesday 11 May 2021.

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ASIC consults on the ‘cornerstone’ of Australia’s financial services regulatory framework

On 22 April 2021, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) issued Consultation Paper 340: Breach reporting and related obligations (CP 340) which seeks industry submissions on...

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Taxpayer wins in latest AAT R&D decision

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) recently held in favour of taxpayer PKWK in a research and development (R&D) dispute against Innovation and Science Australia (ISA).

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Varying Development Standards: A Case for Change

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is seeking feedback on its proposed reforms to clause 4.6 of the Standard Instrument – Local Environmental Plan (Standard Instrument)...

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ACL unfair contract terms vs NSW disclosure obligations for substantially prejudicial terms

On 1 January 2021 NSW Fair Trading began enforcing a new law requiring businesses in NSW to make disclosures regarding terms that substantially prejudice the interests of consumers .

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Proposed reforms to tackle sexual harassment

The Federal Government has announced that it will be introducing legislation to Parliament to bolster the national framework for addressing sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. The proposed...

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Should creating environmental planning instruments be subject to greater Parliamentary oversight?

Last week, the Regulation Committee of the NSW Legislative Council announced it was conducting an inquiry into whether State Environmental Planning Policies, or SEPPs, should be made disallowable...

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“From the Company” after all: Liquidators claw back third party payments made during a DOCA

In the wake of the Victorian Court of Appeal’s decision in Cant v Mad Brothers Earthmoving [2020] VSCA 198 (‘Cant’), the Supreme Court of New South Wales’ recent decision in Re Western Port...

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Program to support petroleum exploration and appraisal activities in the Beetaloo sub-basin

On 18 March 2021, the Commonwealth Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, announced the opening of the $50 million Beetaloo Cooperative Drilling Program.

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