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With much recent debate at the Federal and State level about criminalising employee underpayments, on 16 June 2020, the Victorian Parliament passed the Wage Theft Bill 2020.
Recent decisions show that the courts will go to significant lengths to adapt procedures to continue with trial and appellate hearings despite COVID-19 related disruptions.
The Victorian Government has introduced legislation to the end of the moratorium on onshore conventional gas exploration and production in Victoria from 1 July 2021.
The Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (Qld) (MEROLA) will introduce new rules applying to the transfer of resource tenements and the change of control of a...
Highlights from recently announced deals, recently completed deals and market rumours and opportunities in the Australian mining, oil and gas and electricity and renewables sectors.
Amendments to the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014 (Qld) (MERCP Act) will introduce a new disqualification process for applicants for new resource tenements, and...
In the past 18 months the Australian legal landscape has seen novel challenges to planning decisions in the area of greenhouse gas impacts of projects and the resulting impact on climate change...
The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a considerable amount of recent activity by Planning Ministers all over Australia. This article provides an overview of these recent activities as well as an...
Amendments to safely legislation in the Queensland resource sector introduce the new criminal offence of industrial manslaughter. In addition, the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld) will...
On appeal from a preliminary question decided by Justice Rothman in Supreme Court of New South Wales defamation proceedings, the Court of Appeal has upheld the finding that media companies were...
The Court of Appeal has now in TFM Epping Land Pty Ltd v Decon Australia Pty Ltd  NSWCA 93 clarified that a non-compliant supporting statement by a head contractor under s13(7) of the...
This week, the Federal Court published judgments in three unfair preference claims brought by the liquidators of the Gunns Group. We acted for the liquidators in each proceeding.
This piece is designed to prompt thoughts of what changes may be required in private M&A documents in order to accommodate and allocate risks relating to COVID-19 and the fallout from this pandemic.
Last week, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia handed down the decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato  FCAFC 84 dismissing WorkPac’s application for a declaration that Mr Rossato...
This note provides a summary of the key provisions of the Further Measures Act and New Regulations.
ASIC and ASX have both announced temporary changes to their respective regulatory regimes to facilitate capital raisings for listed entities in response to the economic impact of COVID-19.
Times are changing rapidly with the current flow of Coronavirus measures introduced to support businesses in debt and distress.
Last week the Australian Government announced a three step framework for a COVIDSafe Australia.
New competition laws will apply to generators and suppliers of electricity as of 10 June 2020.
Participants in Australia’s infrastructure sector are, as a general rule, already familiar with the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and Australia’s foreign investment regime.
The Commonwealth Treasurer exercised emergency powers under the Corporations Act to facilitate virtual meetings and electronic execution of documents by companies.
Navigating trade credit insurance policies.
While competition law strictly prohibits competitors acting together or agreeing on prices, collective negotiation by small businesses, franchisees and fuel retailers has traditionally been...
On 20 August 2020, the Queensland Government announced that it will invest $5 million towards a pre-feasibility study of a potential new gas pipeline from the Bowen Basin.
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