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GIPA: The Role of Commercial Interests in Access Applications

Persons or organisations whose interests will be prejudiced by the disclosure of government information may object to that information being released.
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Transport operators and storage facilities face increased liability under recent Australian Consumer Law Amendments

Amendments to the Australian Consumer Law (“ACL”), which is a schedule to the Commonwealth Competition and Consumer Act 2010, passed by the Commonwealth Parliament on 18 October 2018 are likely to increase the exposure of domestic land transport and storage facility operators for goods damaged during transportation or storage.  
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…If it quacks like a duck – Fair Work Commission rules on Foodora and employment relationships

A recent Seminar I presented, Dancing with the Gig economy – Risk, liability and responsibility in the modern workplace, drew the attention of insurers and business leaders to the inherent structural risks embedded in the emerging gig or share economy.
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“What are you doing with my taxes?” – GIPA and Government Transparency

Access Applications under the Government Information (Public Access) Act2009 (NSW) (‘GIPA Act’) are a common avenue for citizens to obtain government information. The Tribunal Appeal Panel (‘Appeal Panel’) recently illustrated that the public interest in maintaining transparency of government activities can be incredibly influential in determining whether to disclose government information. This was considered in Newcastle City Council v Newcastle East Residents Action Group Inc [2018] NSWCATAP 254.

Firm Holiday Closing Period

For your information, Hicksons will be closed for a two week period over the Christmas and New Year period.
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A fall from a ladder resulted in liability against a manufacturer under the Australian Consumer Law with a finding of 30% contributory negligence

The Court of Appeal found that a ladder had a safety defect, which caused the appellant to fall, such that the manufacturer was liable for damages under section 138 of the Australian Consumer Law.
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Partner, Dr Tim Channon interviewed by the Daily Telegraph in relation to the District Court

Partner, Dr Tim Channon, was recently interviewed by the Daily Telegraph in relation to if the District Court had jurisdiction to hear commercial cases over the past 20 years.
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Recognised Leaders, Respected Performance

This year, we are proud to have had 6 of our experts showcased in the following listings and would like to congratulate them on this recognition.  
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New Hicksons Video Unveiled!

This video promotes our firm's transformation, future direction and bring the business culture to 'life', through our people's perspective and their real-world experiences, emphasising our investment and support into our people.
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Satisfying the ‘consequential injury’ threshold: When is a consequential injury not a consequential injury?

Injured worker’s entitlements to many compensation entitlements are intricately linked to various WPI thresholds
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Hicksons 2018 Health Law Forum Wrap Up

On Tuesday 18 September 2018, we had the pleasure of hosting the Hicksons 2018 Health Law Forum. The Health Law Forum Wrap Up includes a short summary of each of the speaker’s presentations.
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Further Thoughts on the District Court’s power to determine “Commercial” Matters

There has been a further Supreme Court decision regarding the legislative anomaly which has created great uncertainty over the power of the District Court to determine “Commercial” matters. 
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Procedural Fairness: What you plead v The “But I wanted to say something else” Excuse

Procedural fairness requires a court or tribunal to give each party an equal say. However, the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal Appeal Panel’s (‘Appeal Panel’) recent decision has taken an expansive view of what justice requires to allow a party to adequately plead its case. The Appeal Panel decided that a tribunal cannot give judgment in a matter if they could have reasonably expected a party to make further submissions.
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25 year old federal government documents protected under the national security exemption of the Freedom of Information Act

In the matter of Oz and Department of Defence (Freedom of Information) [2018] AICmr 49 (22 March 2018), Oz (the Applicant) sought access to documents created some 25 years ago.
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Modern Slavery: the implications for your business

NSW has passed the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) (the NSW Act) and the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Cth) (the Cth Bill) has passed the House of Representatives and will now go before the Senate.  

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