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The Federal Government’s 20-year gas plan ‒ what’s next

The recently released 2021 National Gas Infrastructure Plan (the NGIP) sets out priority actions for ensuring affordable, reliable gas, and provides a pathway to unlocking new supply for the east coast gas market.


Mobile network investment continues but focus is on 5G in major cities

2 December 2021Australia’s three mobile network operators, Telstra, Singtel Optus and TPG Telecom made significant investments in mobile infrastructure between January 2018 and January 2021, but the focus has moved to 5G deployment predominantly in the major cities. The ACCC’s first Mobile Infrastructure Report, released today, looks at the mobile infrastructure and coverage maps of...


What is the Fertility Society of Australia & New Zealand

In this video, Accredited Family Law Specialist and Page Provan Director Stephen Page introduces the Fertility Society of Australia & New Zealand and this organization’s critical role in the IVF industry. Transcript Good day, everyone. [I’m] Stephen Page from Page Provan Family and Fertility Lawyers. Recently I was deeply honoured and humbled to become a Director...


Media release | Gadens celebrates 13 senior promotions

Gadens is delighted to announce 13 new senior promotions in its Melbourne and Sydney offices – including two new female partners. Our two new partners follow on from the four internal partner promotions and two lateral appointments made in recent months. These eight partners sit across our Banking and Finance, Corporate, Employment Advisory and Real...


JBS’ proposed acquisition of Rivalea not opposed

2 December 2021The ACCC will not oppose JBS Australia Pty Ltd’s (JBS) proposed acquisition of Rivalea Holdings Pty Ltd and Oxdale Dairy Enterprise Pty Ltd (together, Rivalea) finding that the transaction is not likely to substantially lessen competition. JBS processes and supplies fresh pork, value-added pork products and pork smallgoods to wholesalers and retailers in...


What does COP26 mean for Australian business?

Following COP26 and together with the Glasgow Climate Pact, a suite of announcements signal important changes and opportunities. In this Insight we unpack some of the key outcomes from COP26 and what they mean for Australian businesses.


Funeral industry practices raise consumer concerns

2 December 2021The ACCC is calling for funeral businesses to review their contracts and pricing practices to ensure they comply with consumer and competition laws, in a new report on the funeral services industry. The report, released today, highlights key issues of concern and outlines the critical importance for businesses to treat consumers fairly during...


QLD: Revisiting the Amendments

As you are aware, the new regulation modules have been in effect since 1 March 2021. As with most things new, completely smooth sailing is unlikely in the beginning – there are bound to be a few small waves at first. The post QLD: Revisiting the Amendments appeared first on LookUpStrata.


What is Access Australia & Why You Need to Know About it

In this video, Accredited Family Law Specialist and Page Provan Director Stephen Page explains what Access Australia is and how it helps those who need assisted reproductive treatment. Transcript Good day, everyone. [I’m] Stephen Page from Page Provan Family and Fertility Lawyers. I was recently honoured and privileged, humbled to be appointed as a Director of...


Class actions in Australia: An overview

Class actions are an established and important part of the Australian legal landscape. Over the course of the past decade, Australia has become the most likely jurisdiction outside of the United States in which a corporation will face significant class action litigation.


Australian class actions trends: 2021 update

Class action litigation in Australia continues to be active and highly complex. Over the past 10 to 15 years, class actions have become an increasingly entrenched and accepted aspect of commercial life for organisations conducting business in Australia.


Regionals – Tax prognosis for medical and allied health professionals

Register now We have recently seen surging audit activity from the ATO and OSR in the medical and allied health industry. Businesses should review their arrangements and check whether they are complying with their tax and superannuation obligations. The recent decision in Thomas and Naaz has highlighted issues where medical and allied health industry businesses have...


G7 Enforcers Summit of Competition Authorities discusses competition in digital markets

1 December 2021ACCC Chair Rod Sims virtually attended the G7 Digital Competition Enforcers Summit hosted by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as one of four guest competition authority representatives alongside those of India, South Africa and South Korea. The summit, to discuss competition in digital markets, was held in London, and attended by...


Forum: Sounds of life too much for serial complainer

It may be true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but it’s also a fact that intrusive noise is in the ear of the listener. Anybody who expects never to hear a sound out of their neighbours should maybe go and live in a house next to a cemetery as there...


Podcast: Pets, privacy and penalties in new strata laws

As you will see from this story, this week a massive review of NSW strata laws landed in Parliament and it’s given us a lot to talk about … perhaps a little too much. There are proposals about educating committees, defining what their members do and making it easier to sack individual members. There...


Who is AFIA and What is Its Role in Buy Now Pay Later Schemes? Tips for Consumers.

Are you a customer buying through a buy now pay later scheme? If so, this article will help you understand what you might be able to expect from certain businesses offering buy now pay later schemes, and what you can do if certain standards are not met. What is Buy Now Pay Later? Buy now pay...


Vaccination Announcement for Queensland Schools

On 30 November 2021, Queensland’s Premier has announced that all staff employed by a school will need to receive their first vaccination against COVID-19 (if not already vaccinated) by 17 December 2021 and their second vaccination by 23 January 2021. The purpose of the announcement is to “protect young people” and to align with...


New laws will force owners to fix common property

Strata schemes that are dragging their feet on repairs may be forced to undertake them, embedded networks that cheat apartment owners could be killed off, pet application fees could be limited or scrubbed and owners’ email addresses could be kept from prying eyes, all under proposed changes to strata law tabled in the NSW...


Mazda misled consumers about their rights over refund or replacement for faulty cars

30 November 2021The Federal Court has found that Mazda Australia Pty Ltd engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and made false or misleading representations to nine consumers about their consumer guarantee rights. The consumers had each requested a refund or a replacement vehicle from Mazda, after experiencing serious and recurring faults with their new Mazda...


Choosing the Correct Forum to Appeal a Tax Assessment From the ATO

It is important to know what you can do if the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is investigating your affairs or the affairs of your business. Suppose you have received an objection decision or a tax assessment from the ATO that you are dissatisfied with. In that case, you may seek an appeal of that...