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The Journey of Driverless Vehicles to NSW

The NSW Government has revealed plans to amend legislation to allow for trials of automated vehicles as they plan for industry-led innovation.
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Australian High Court in Landmark Ruling on Attempted Price Fixing Between Travel Agent and Airlines

The Australian High Court recently upheld an appeal by the Australian competition regulator (“the ACCC”) that a travel agent Flight Centre (“Flight Centre”) engaged in attempted price fixing in contravention of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (“TPA”) now the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (“CCA”) when it attempted to prevent several airlines from undercutting it on airfare prices.  The High Court decision was a majority decision of 4:1.
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What is Point to Point Transport?

Point to Point Transport includes all flexible transport services that can take customers on the route they choose, at the time that suits them. 
  • 7 Oct 2016

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HVNL and liability of operators/employers/corporations under proposed primary duties laws

Doing some crystal ball gazing, in the absence of Section 183 of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), how would operators/employers/corporations be liable for mass offences under any proposed primary duty duties akin to the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) legislation?
  • 28 Sep 2016

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HVNL and nexus

Since HVNL offences (particularly corporation offences) may occur in multiple jurisdictions, simultaneously or consecutively, is it necessary for explanatory provisions regarding nexus?
  • 19 Sep 2016

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Up up and away for drones

From 29 September 2016 new rules for the operation of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) in Australia will come into effect. 
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Australia’s first successful shipping criminal cartel prosecution

Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kubushiki Karsha (“NYK”) has pleaded guilty to charges of criminal cartel conduct in the Federal Court of Australia.  
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Boost for Australian Merchant Shipping Fleet

The Australian ocean merchant shipping fleet has been in steady decline for decades. Not even the much heralded reforms by the previous Federal Government in 2012 designed to boost the Australian merchant fleet have managed to halt that decline. In the past two years the Australian ocean merchant fleet fell by a third from 21 vessels to only 14.
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Australian Government defeats tobacco company challenge to Plain Packaging Cigarette Legislation

In a decision eagerly awaited globally an international investment treaty arbitration tribunal came down in favour of the Australian Government in respect to the challenge by Philip Morris Asia Limited to Australia’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Regulations 2011 made pursuant to the Australian Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 (collectively “the Legislation”). 
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Parliament listens to road haulage contractor drivers’ concerns

Segments of the road haulage industry have been up in arms in recent weeks over the Contractor Driver Minimal Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 (RSRO) which is now in operation nationally despite a recent short term stay ordered by the Federal Court of Australia. 
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Airlines lose cartel appeal

On 21 March, the Full Federal Court (FFC) upheld an appeal from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and found that Air New Zealand and Garuda Airlines of Indonesia were guilty of fixing surcharges for the carriage of air cargo from outside Australia to Australian airports in breach of the anti-cartel provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Act). The surcharges, the subject of the cartel arrangements, were charged to Australian importers who then passed them on to consumers.
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First Gorgon LNG Shipment Departs Australia

A major milestone has been reached in Australia’s offshore energy and shipping sector with the first shipment of LNG from the Gorgon project off the north coast of Western Australia sailing on the LNG tanker Asia Excellence earlier this week. The buyer of the cargo is Chubu Electric Power in Japan.
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Australia relaxes sanctions against Iran

Following Iran’s refusal to suspend its uranium enrichment program, Iran has been subject to close to a decade of economic sanctions from the UN, the US, the EU, Australia and other nations.

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