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  • Sexual harassment reforms fast approaching in response to Respect@Work (Australia)

    In the wake of a spate of high profile sexual assault and harassment allegations in recent weeks, the federal government has announced it will implement a suite of anti-harassment reforms in response to the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s landmark RespectWork national inquiry report, which was released in March 2020. The RespectWork inquiry found that Australia’s current...

  • Inquest into death of on-call health practitioner.

    The South Australian Coroner has published (on the SA Courts site) findings in the Inquest into the death of Gayle Elizabeth Woodford, a registered nurse who was killed while on call in the APY lands of South Australia. The Coroner made a number of recommendations. In relation to health practitioners the recommendations were: Notwithstanding the...

  • Number of Australian recalls in 2020 tops three figures

    The number of food recalls in Australia climbed back above 100 in 2020 according to data published by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). Figures show there were 109 recalls this past year compared to 87 in 2019 and 100 in 2018. Almost half of the 2020 total was due to undeclared allergens, with 27...

  • RePipe Appeals, Following Failed Attempts to Amend

    Some time ago – indeed, BC (i.e. before COVID) – I reported on a decision of Justice McKerracher in the case of Repipe Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Patents [2019] FCA 1956 (RePipe No 1).  RePipe is a plumbing business based in Western Australia that has developed a risk management software system called rerisk®, which...

  • Making the Tech Giants Pay to Use Traditional Media News Content – Looking at the Legislative Issues

    A few weeks ago, the news was abuzz with the controversy over an Australian law that would make social media companies and even search engines pay for their making available content originating with traditional media outlets.  While the controversy was hot, there were articles in many general interest publications asking whether that model could work...

  • Free, Streamlined Extensions of Time to End at IP Australia, but COVID Impact Can Still be Considered Under ‘Normal’ Procedures

    Since April last year, IP Australia has provided a streamlined process under which most deadlines associated with Australian patent, trade marks, and design rights – including evidence deadlines in opposition matters – could be extended by up to three months, at no charge, if the extension is required ‘due to the disruptive effects of the...

  • ‘AI Inventor’ Update – DABUS Decision Goes to Federal Court

    In a fairly predictable development, Stephen Thaler has asked the Federal Court of Australia to review the Patent Office’s finding in February that a patent application cannot be validly filed in this country naming a machine as inventor.  The ‘Application for Judicial Review’ was filed on 9 March 2021 in the Victorian Division of the...

  • Legal update – Australia | Financial services monthly wrap-up: February 2021

    The month of February 2021 has seen continued momentum for a raft of changes affecting financial services providers from various industries. APRA has released its new policies and priorities for 2021, which have a particular focus on the impacts of COVID-19 and seek to strengthen the financial services sector in dealing with future crises. The ‘Your...

  • Legal update – Australia | Financial services monthly wrap-up: February 2021

    The month of February 2021 has seen continued momentum for a raft of changes affecting financial services providers from various industries. APRA has released its new policies and priorities for 2021, which have a particular focus on the impacts of COVID-19 and seek to strengthen the financial services sector in dealing with future crises. The ‘Your...

  • COVID-19 measures see decrease in gastro diseases in parts of Australia

    An Australian state has recorded a decline in gastrointestinal diseases during the period measures were in place to control the coronavirus pandemic. The study covered communicable disease surveillance in Central Queensland for six months after the introduction of physical distancing and wider lockdown measures in Queensland. Data from April to September 2020 was compared with...

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  • Directory lists LL.M. programs worldwide

    What? Haven’t had enough of law school? LLM-Guide.com claims to be the most comprehensive directory on the Internet of master of laws programs, listing more than 370 postgraduate law programs in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia/New Zealand. The guide is published by Benjamin &...

  • The end of marketing departments?

    Are Marketing Departments and CMO’s on the way out as a way of doing business? Gerry Riskin talks about a recent law firm management consulting conference in Sydney, Australia. A consultant from McKinsey related that this major consulting organization does not have a marketing department. The...

  • Tibaldi pork recalled

    Ten cases of salmonella food poisoning have been linked to cured pork in Australia. The Department of Human Services has issued a recall of the pork after 10 people suffered salmonella food poising between April 20 and May 23. Tibaldi Smallgoods has agreed to voluntarily recall the capocollo. The...

  • Bakery shut after salmonella outbreak

    June 8, 2007 – IBN NEWS Full Story Australia – A bakery in the Melbourne suburb of Springvale has been ordered to close after nine customers fell ill with salmonella poisoning. Four people are still in hospital after eating products bought from the bakery on Springvale Road, which specialises in...

  • Heath Ledger’s Will Fails To Provide For His Child

    The New York Times reported today that Heath Ledger’s will made no provisions either for his young daughter, or for  her mother and former girlfriend  Michelle Williams. Instead, the actor left his entire estate to his parents and sisters back in his native Australia. Word has it that his family...

  • EPA Will Host Nanotechnology Conference in Chicago

    On September 18, 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that EPA Region 5 will host the 2008 International Environmental Nanotechnology Conference: Applications and Implications, October 7-9, 2008, in Chicago, Illinois. According to EPA, researchers from Asia, Australia, and ...

  • Enviro Police

    We previously mentioned the enforcement concerns raised by federal agents in Australia over the prosecution of new carbon crimes here.  It appears that our cousins in the United Kingdom are creating a similar criminal enforcement unit to police excessive CO2 emissions, according to this article in...

  • Australia to Reform Privacy Laws

    On October 14, 2009, the Australian government released a report entitled “Enhancing National Privacy Protection” that contains proposed reforms to Australia’s privacy laws, including the Privacy Act 1988 (“Privacy Act”).  In announcing the report, Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State...

  • Australia Considers Proposal for Nano-Regulatory Reform

    This article was written by John C. Monica, Jr. and Dr. Diana Bowman and originally appeared on the National Nanomanufacturing Network’s InterNano website earlier today.  It is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported. Dr. Bowman is a Senior Research Fellow in ...

  • Supreme Court Grants Cert Petition in Matrixx Initiative Securities Suit

    There was a time when it was relatively rare for the Supreme Court to take up securities cases. Until recently, the Court basically went several years between cases filed under the securities laws. Those days are clearly over, as the Court has granted cert petitions in several securities cases in...