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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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The dangers of exclusive dealing

Companies must assess the effect that their dealings have on the market and retreat from activities that could be construed as ‘substantially lessening competition’.
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Procuring Accessible IT Solutions

Accessibility is an essential consideration for IT solutions, regardless of whether they are internal or public facing.
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That doesn’t look like Cabinet information to me

Arguing that a document is Cabinet information is not enough to have the document prohibited from disclosure, under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.
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Drones and privacy?

The Commonwealth Government recently announced it will be spending almost $7 billion on 6 long-range MQ-4C Triton surveillance drones to assist with border security and intelligence gathering. 
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Disclosure of corporate identity information acquired during duty collection safe under GIPA

There is an overriding public interest against the disclosure of identity information acquired as a part of the duty collection process.
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New Data Sharing and Release Bill Issues Paper is currently open for Consultation

The Australian Government has released an issues paper outlining key principles that will guide the creation of proposed new legislation around the sharing and use of government data.
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When is a request for access to government information unreasonable?

Members of the public are entitled to make an application to access government information. This right is prescribed in the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) (GIPA). 
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Why is my inbox filled with Privacy Policy updates?

A new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has commenced in the EU.
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Update on the 2016-2017 Annual Report of the Foreign Investment Review Board

On 8 May 2018, the Foreign Investment Review Board presented their 2016-2017 annual report to the Treasurer.
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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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