As the 45th Federal Parliament gets underway, the legalisation of same-sex marriage is one of the issues dominating headlines.It is hard to know how the matter will play out, but there is one option that was first raised by the Abbott government - and that is to hold a plebiscite. This option is being pushed by the Turnbull government, and it has attracted a lot of … [Read more...]
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Senior Law Lecturer from Monash University says that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) may have no legal power to ask for names and addresses.Dr Caroline Henckels, who teaches Constitutional and Public Law, says that the legislation allows the ABS to collect ‘statistical information,’ without defining what that is.For the first time, the ABS will be retaining … [Read more...]
Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of Nurofen, has been fined $1.7 million dollars for breaching consumer laws.Last year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched proceedings against the makers of Nurofen in the Federal Court.Sections 18 and 33 of Australian Consumer Law prohibit businesses from:engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct; … [Read more...]
It started with changing the way we shop. Then the digital era revolutionised the way we communicate.Now the internet, technology and innovation are beginning to disrupt the legal industry. With more and more of us venturing online in search of cheaper and faster access to legal services, the legal industry is responding. Both major firms and smaller practices are … [Read more...]
In Laws Of The Political Jungle Vol 1, we took you on a Parliamentary Safari that analogised the Marriage Equality Bill as a young zebra navigating the lions of the House of Representatives and crocodiles of the Senate in the context of:the role politicians play in whether a Bill is passed; and what rules govern whether a proposed Bill lives or dies.In Laws Of The … [Read more...]
To everyday Australians, the inner workings of Parliament House can seem complex and confusing.When it comes to making Australian laws:what role do politicians play in the life cycle of a Bill? what rules govern whether a proposed Bill lives or dies? how are laws actually made?In the first of our Laws Of The Political Jungle series, we provide a … [Read more...]
Many stores around the country display large signs with the words "you break it you buy it."But if you break a store item in Australia, you are not legally required to purchase it.A binding contract only forms when one person makes an offer and another communicates an intention to accept it. When you select a product in a shop and pay for it at the counter you enter a … [Read more...]
There is also a difference between borrowing and stealing.No one wants to be seen in the same outfit at a party.Equally, designers do not want their original work replicated for the benefit of an individual or company without their knowledge or approval.Design theft has always made up a portion of lost revenue for fashion brands. But a shifting dialogue in … [Read more...]
Donald A Schon once said “a new idea either finds a champion or it dies.”Others regard ideas as live entities in a constant state of flux; suspended in unseen networks right above our heads. Every so often one will escape and choose the right person at the right time.What if that idea chose you?Would you choose it back?Or would you let the opportunity move on to … [Read more...]