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Lessors’ Priority Preserved: Implications for Post-Appointment Trading and DOCAs

In its recent judgment involving the PAS Group of companies , the Federal Court held that rent payable by the PAS Group during an extension of the period in which an administrator had been excused...

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Water Regulator flexes its muscles in NSW prosecution against Whitehaven

The introduction of the NSW Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) in 2017 marked a shift towards far greater scrutiny of compliance by water users with the complex web of water laws and...

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Labour hire – contractors or employees?

Following on from the May 2020 Full Federal Court decision in Rossato, in July 2020 the Full Federal Court handed down its judgment in another labour hire case, Construction, Forestry, Maritime...

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Which RPM notifications have been successful and why?

Resale price maintenance (RPM) has traditionally been regarded as anti-competitive because it can mute price competition between retailers, resulting in higher prices for consumers who wish to...

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Much talk, now action: defamation law reform is here

New South Wales Parliament has today passed the Defamation Amendment Bill 2020.

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Review your workplace COVID Plan

Yesterday’s announcement by the Victorian Premier of the Stage 4 restrictions for workplaces means it is timely for employers to review their COVID Plan.

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Tax implications for R&D activities subsidised by JobKeeper payments

ATO releases draft TD 2020/D1 Income tax: notional deductions for R&D activities subsidised by JobKeeper payments

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Litigation funding regulation

The Corporations Amendment (Litigation Funding) Regulations 2020 (Regulations) were published on 23 July 2020.

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Independent review of the EPBC Act

Earlier this week, Professor Graeme Samuel AC released his Interim Report of the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act).

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Commercial crime update: July 2020

Despite the COVID-19 conditions that exist around the world, activities in the commercial crime space continue along.

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JWS trusted with Peabody’s sale of Broadmeadow East Coal Project

Peabody and Bowen Coking Coal have executed a binding agreement for the sale of the Broadmeadow East Coal Project, an undeveloped coking coal project located within ML 70257 near Moranbah, Queensland.

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July Australian energy & resources market update

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

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Recent hydrogen policy developments: “Energising” Australia’s position in the Hydrogen Economy

In recent months Commonwealth and State Governments have announced a number of funding and policy developments dedicated to “energising” Australia’s position in the global hydrogen economy.

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Aboriginal Heritage Act Reform

The blasting at Juukan Gorge, which has received considerable media coverage during the past month, has again brought to the fore what some regard as apparent issues with the Aboriginal Heritage...

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Release of new petroleum exploration tenements for competitive tender

The Queensland Government has released five new areas of land totalling 1,459km2 in Queensland’s Bowen and Surat basins for petroleum and gas exploration.

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The Class Actions Law Review: Australia

Guidance on Australia’s class actions, including insights on some of the latest developments related to common fund orders, market-based causation, competing class actions, litigation funding and...

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The NSW Government provides clarity on its position on the future of coal exploration and mining

The NSW Government published a ‘Strategic Statement on Coal Exploration and Mining in NSW’ (Statement) which provides much needed clarity for the coal industry and the community in relation to the...

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Investors give bright spark to first Renewable Energy Zones in NSW

The NSW Government has received a highly positive response from investors following the plans to release the first renewable energy zone in New South Wales.

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On-shore Conventional Gas Moratorium Lifted

INCOMING CHANGES TO VICTORIAN GAS REGULATION: ON-SHORE CONVENTIONAL GAS MORATORIUM LIFTED, BUT BAN ON FRACKING TO BE ENSHRINED INTO CONSTITUTION.

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Court directs whether work-in-progress and other intangible ‘assets’ are ‘circulating assets’

The Supreme Court of New South Wales has helpfully given guidance to the liquidators of the RCR Tomlinson Group on a number of unsettled questions that have challenged insolvency practitioners...

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How Australian Consumer Law applies to call centres and complaints divisions

Do your call centres and complaints divisions know what they can and cannot say under the Australian Consumer Law?

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New Wage Theft Bill Passed by Victorian Parliament

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.

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COVID-19 and adjournment applications: balancing due process with flexibility and customisation

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.

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Onshore gas exploration and production to resume in Victoria

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.

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