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New ‘ipso facto’ amendments provide a stay on the enforcement of insolvency termination clauses in certain circumstances

Ipso Facto Clause changes will come into effect for all contracts entered into after 1 July 2018.
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The Benevolent Ruler in our lives – Facebook and big data

Fine balance between open and free social interactions and individual privacy.
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Access to police investigation files denied under GIPA

A complaint was made alleging that the Applicants engaged in drug use.
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The stars align. Penalties for ACL breaches to match those for anti-competitive conduct.

In 2015 Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) undertook a review of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
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Why did I tell you that?

In CWI v The University of New South Wales [2018] NSWCATAD 12 the Civil and Administrative Tribunal of New South Wales (NCAT) was asked to make a decision regarding a review of a determination by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in relation to a complaint made about the conduct of an officer of UNSW under the Privacy and Personal Information Act 1998 (PPIP Act).
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GIPA: Scorned husbands need not apply

In DDT v Charles Sturt University [2017] NSWCATAD 329 the Civil and Administrative Tribunal of New South Wales (NCAT) was asked to make a determination concerning an access to information application under the Government Information Public Access Act 2009 (NSW) (GIPA Act).
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Check your standard form contracts: Federal Court nullifies unfair contract terms in landmark small business action

The ACCC has for the first time succeeded in an action that protects small businesses from unfair contract terms in standard form contracts.  In a landmark decision, ACCC v JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd, the Federal Court has declared eight terms used by JJ Richards in its standard form contracts unfair and therefore void.
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Australian Government to establish National Space Agency

On 25 September 2017, the Australian Government announced its intention to establish a national space agency. The announcement came at the onset of the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC2017) which was held in Adelaide, South Australia from 25-29 September 2017.
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This phoenix may not rise

Every director of an Australian company will soon be allocated a unique Director Identification Number (DIN) in an effort to stop unscrupulous directors from engaging in “phoenixing” activities. Phoenixing refers to the practice of stripping a company of all its assets, liquidating it, moving the assets to another corporate entity and carrying on business as usual under the guise of the new company. This practice leaves creditors out of pocket and is estimated to cost the Australian economy more than $3 billion per annum.
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Share buy-backs – form over substance?

In the matter of Wollongong Coal Ltd [2017] NSWSC 201, the Supreme Court of New South Wales was asked to consider whether a selective buy-back of shares needed to be approved at a general meeting of members of Wollongong Coal Limited (WCL) in circumstances where the required majority of shareholders pre-approved the transaction.
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Government calls for submissions regarding Australia’s space industry capability

On 13 July 2017, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science announced a review of Australia’s space industry capability, with an aim to understand how Australia may capitalise on the increasing opportunities in the global space industry sector.
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A politician, a crowded train and a breach of privacy laws

In August last year Jeremy Corbyn cried foul when he was, by his own account, forced to sit on the floor of a train vestibule of a Virgin Train due to overcrowding.  At the time Mr Corbyn’s spokesperson used the incident as evidence of why the Labour Party’s policy to bring trains back into public ownership was so popular.  Virgin Trains was quick to counter the allegation by releasing CCTV still footage which showed the politician walking past apparently unreserved seats.
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Foreign Investment Review Board announces introduction of new exemption certificates

The Australian government welcomes foreign investment and recognises the positive effects it has on the continued growth of the Australian economy. Properly structured and carefully assessed foreign investment creates new jobs, provides access to markets, promotes healthy competition, encourages innovation and contributes to Australia’s GDP.
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Reform proposals for Australian space legislation

On 24 October 2015, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science announced review of the Space Activities Act 1998 (Cth). 
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Australia to hold 68th International Astronautical Congress in September 2017

Australia will host the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the world’s largest annual gathering of space professional in Adelaide from 25-29 September 2017.

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