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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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Reform of Australian Country of Origin Food Labelling Laws

The Commonwealth and State Consumer Affairs Ministers have agreed to reform country of origin labelling for food to give Australian consumers clearer and more meaningful information about the source of the food they buy. The reforms are expected to commence from 1 July 2016 and business will have a two year transition period to bed down the new arrangements.
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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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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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