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  • Salmonella dominates Australian outbreaks

    Salmonella was responsible for more than half of all foodborne outbreaks in Australia in 2017, according to recently released figures. A total of 179 foodborne outbreaks were reported in 2017. They affected 2,130 people resulting in at least 290 hospital admissions and five deaths. Eggs continued to be a source of Salmonella Typhimurium infection across...

  • Blocked By Bali: Queen Elizabeth Experiences COVID-19 Outbreak With Hundreds Infected

    A number of news outlets in Australia are reporting that the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. The country of Indonesia took the extraordinary step of blocking the Cunard ship from calling at port in Bali. Neither the cruise operator (Cunard) nor ship owner (Carnival Corporation) would disclose the number of infected...

  • Valid check-the-box election: California resident entitled to a stepped-up basis

    On August 31, 2022, the California Office of Tax Appeals (“OTA”), in the Matter of the Appeal of B. Housman and B. Pena, held that an Australian software company holder, Housman, and his wife are California residents and Housman is entitled to a stepped-up basis as a result of a valid check-the-box election to be...

  • Two Hundred Passengers Infected With COVID-19 Disembark in Melbourne, Australia

    7NEWS Australia reports today that 200 passengers infected with COVID-19 disembarked from the Grand Princess in Melbourne, Australia after the Princess cruise ship completed a thirteen-day around-trip to New Zealand. There are no public accounts of the number of infected crew members. 7News Australia reports on its Facebook page that “200 COVID positive patients have...

  • Poppy seeds not meant for food chain behind Australian illnesses

    Poppy seeds not meant for human consumption are behind a number of poisonings in Australia, according to health officials. Investigators found the non-food grade poppy seeds incorrectly entered the food supply chain. It is not clear how this happened. They are not intended for people to eat and are not safe to consume. There have...

  • Dear Twitter – It’s Not Me, It’s You!

    I joined Twitter in June 2010.  I did not really know what Twitter was, or how it worked, but there was a lot of ‘buzz’ around it, and I wondered if it might be a useful channel to share and promote the blog that I had just created.  That turned out to be a good...

  • DABUS Down – High Court Dashes Hopes of ‘AI Inventor’ Advocates

    On Friday 11 November 2022, three judges of the High Court of Australia (Gordon, Edelman and Gleeson JJ) refused – with costs – Stephen Thaler’s application for special leave to appeal a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia determining that the (alleged) ‘AI inventor’ DABUS cannot be named as an...

  • Poppy seed tea linked to illnesses in Australia

    Health officials in Australia are warning about the dangers of having large amounts of poppy seeds after almost 20 people fell sick. Nineteen people have gone to emergency departments across the country recently following the consumption of home-brewed poppy seed tea. There has been one case of cardiac arrest and two people are in intensive...

  • Australia focuses on raw and risky food for food safety week; meat front and center

    Australian food safety week is highlighting raw and risky food with a call to buy and use a meat thermometer. The focus from Nov. 12 to 19 is on the risk of food poisoning from raw or minimally cooked meat, poultry, fish, eggs and vegetables as well as possible infections by parasites such as Toxoplasma gondii....

  • Australian hepatitis A cases linked to imported dates

    Six people in Australia were part of a hepatitis A outbreak this past year after eating dates from Jordan, according to a study. Researchers said it was the first known hepatitis A outbreak in the country linked to imported fresh Medjool dates. A connection was identified with an outbreak in the United Kingdom despite implicated...

  • Australia’s view of workforce productivity needs to have moved past the 1980s

    Make no mistake about it, the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022 is the most significant thing to happen to this country’s industrial relations landscape since John Howard’s WorkChoices in 2005. In fact, the Bill is the most significant development since the introduction of enterprise bargaining in 1993, when Paul Keating...

  • A Hastie Decision? (Australia)

    Economic, trading and supply chain uncertainties persist and are particularly pronounced in some sectors including infrastructure and construction where sub-contractors often feel significant pressure points. In our latest Australian insight, following the Federal Court rejecting the liquidators’ proprietary interest claims in the proceeds of performance bonds and upholding the head-contractor’s...

  • Have PCT Filings from Australia Been Affected by the Pandemic?

    In 2021, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic during which Australia’s two most populous cities spent long weeks under conditions of strict lockdown, the number of Australian standard patent applications filed by Australian resident applicants jumped by over 25%, to levels unseen since a rush on filings prompted by the Raising the Bar patent...

  • Growing COVID-19 Outbreak on Coral Princess Now Involves Around 200 Passengers

    The president of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia, Marguerite Fitzgerald, told ABC Business yesterday that there had been an increase in COVID-19 infections on the Coral Princess once the cruise ship reached Fremantle, Australia but the number allegedly remained “limited” and “managed well.” She continued to refuse to release an exact number of infected...

  • What you should do now in light of the Privacy Reform bill

    Major privacy law reform in Australia gathered pace this week, with newly tabled legislation proposing to significantly increase penalties for privacy breaches, among other reforms. Now is the time to start asking questions In preparation for these reforms, companies that collect and process personal information should be asking the following questions: Do we know what...

  • COVID Cruise Ships Return Down Under With Hundreds of Infected Guests

    Cruise ships are returning to Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti amidst reports that four cruise ships (two operated by Princess Cruises and two by Royal Caribbean) are rife with COVID-19. Three of the ships have one hundred or more COVID-19 infected guests on each ship. Royal Caribbean has one ship heading to Australia with reports...

  • Guest Post: Australian High Court OKs Foreign Shareholders In BHP Collective Investor Action

    In the following guest post, Jeff Lubitz, Managing Director, ISS Securities Class Action Services, and Jarett Sena, Director of Litigation Analysis, ISS Securities Class Action Services, review an important recent Australian High Court decision in which the court paved the way for foreign shareholders to join the collective investor action pending in Australia against BHP...

  • Norton Rose Fulbright’s global restructuring group releases the Q4 2022 issue of International Restructuring Newswire

    Our global restructuring team has released its quarterly International Restructuring Newswire. Our new issue features articles from the US, Australia and Canada to help you stay current on recent developments in restructurings in various jurisdictions around the globe. Alto Maipo: Delaware ruling poses jurisdictional challenges for Chapter 11 debtors Financial crime in an economic downturn:...

  • We have questions: Clem Newton-Brown, founder and CEO of Skyportz Australia

    With a background in law, politics, and transport services, Clem Newton-Brown is well placed to facilitate the development of vertiports in Australia and to help connect the various moving pieces of the local advanced air mobility (‘AAM’) puzzle. Through Skyportz, his team is working to assemble the expertise and investment needed to make this happen,...

  • Do Territorial Limitations Curtail Class Actions in Australia?

    The High Court in Australia has determined that territorial limitations do not curtail group member participation rights in class actions. Read what this decision means in our latest Insight.

  • Regulators consider vTPA programs to better focus resources

    Using food safety findings from industry and third parties could help regulators better target resources, but there are issues to overcome on both sides, according to experts. Speakers discussed the use of voluntary third-party assurance (vTPA) programs at the Vienna Food Safety Forum, organized by UNIDO, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment of...

  • Food safety data sharing still tricky, say experts

    There needs to be an incentive for food safety data to be shared between the public and private sectors, according to speakers at the Vienna Food Safety Forum. The event, organized by UNIDO, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment of Australia and the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), also raised concerns about...

  • Foodborne disease costs Australia nearly $2.5 billion per year

    Foodborne illness costs Australia almost AUD $2.5 billion annually, according to updated estimates. Figures show the scale of the problem is $2.44 billion (U.S. $1.58 billion) each year. The largest component is lost productivity because of non-fatal illnesses, followed by premature mortality and direct costs including hospitalizations and other healthcare use. The study details the...

  • Out with the old, in with the … bold? (331)

    Lawyers are coming around to the “why” for transformation, but struggle with the “how.” That’s change we can work with. [Editor’s note:  To keep things fresh, Anusia is periodically handing her NewLaw Fundamentals baton to other provocative change agents in her network.  This month, we are pleased to welcome Anna Lozynski, who, as General Counsel...

  • Opportunity to Request Administrative Review

    On October 3, 2022, the Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) announced in the Federal Register the opportunity to request an annual administrative review for products that are currently subject to antidumping and countervailing duties and suspension agreements. The products and countries that have been listed in the Federal Register notice are the following: AD Australia: Certain...

  • US Copyright Office Director Shira Perlmutter to Present 2022 Francis Gurry Lecture on IP (18 October 2022)

    Since its establishment in 2009, by the Melbourne Law School in conjunction with the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA), the annual Francis Gurry Lecture on Intellectual Property has rightly become a highlight on the Australian IP calendar.  Past presenters include former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia Robert...

  • High Court appointment.

    Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus announced the appointment of Justice Jayne Jagot to the High Court bench, replacing the retiring Justice Patrick Keane. Justice Jagot has been serving on the Federal Court since 2008, and before that was a judge of the New South Wales Land and Environment Court. When she takes her place on the...

  • Global regulation and conduct series – Rising cost of living, vulnerable customers and consumer duty

    In the first in our global series of regulatory podcasts focussing on conduct issues, financial services partners from Australia, United Kingdom and the United States cover the rising cost of living, vulnerable customers and consumer duty. (Apple Podcasts / Spotify)

  • Conduct: Dental practitioner + Covid-19 failure to quarantine.

    Dental Board of Australia v Nairn [2022] WASAT 86 (on JADE). With thanks to Enore Panetta for noting this matter., where a dental practitioner had been convicted of offences under the Emergency Management Act 2005 (WA) for failing to self quarantine during the Covid-19 pandemic. That failure appears to have followed periods of interstate travel...

  • Economic Distress and the Risk of being Knowingly Concerned in the Contravention of Others (Australia)

    As global economies continue to experience uncertainties, it is likely that financial service providers and their dealings with consumers and small businesses will come under the microscope. Masi Zaki and Kate Spratt consider those issues from the perspective of of Australian Financial Service Licence holders in our latest alert.

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