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'Competition Policy Review Draft Report makes recommendations concerning shipping industry'

Tuesday October 21, 2014

The Competition Policy Review Panel has recommended that the shipping industry be subject to the normal operation of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) and that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission be given power to grant block exemptions from cartel conduct prohibitions. Part X of the CCA allows liner shipping operators to enter into agreements amongst themselves on the freight rates to be charged, and the quantity and kinds of cargo to be carried, particular trade routes and to register those agreements with the Registrar of Liner Shipping. Such registration confers an exemption from the cartel conduct prohibitions and section 45 and section 47 of the CCA. In its recommendations, the Panel has suggested that Part X should be repealed and the shipping industry should be subject to the normal operation of the CCA
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'Court orders corrective advertising for Coles Bakery Stores'

Tuesday October 21, 2014

In June 2014, the Federal Court made findings that Coles Supermarkets had contravened the Australian Consumer Law: - by packaging bread products with labels, namely “Baked Today, Sold Today” and “Freshly Baked In-Store”, and - by using signage namely “Freshly Baked” and “Baked Fresh” where the bread products were displayed for sale in Coles Bakery Stores.
'457 visas: challenges of corporate structure'

Tuesday October 21, 2014

All businesses face challenges using the 457 visa programme including implementation, compliance, and keeping up with the frequent legal changes. One major challenge for large organisations and corporate groups is how to deal with the corporate structure.
'Changes to BCIPA: A Detailed Review'

Tuesday October 21, 2014

The Building and Construction Industry Payments Amendment Act 2014 (Qld) (Amending Act) was passed by Parliament on 11 September 2014 and amends the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (“BCIPA”). The amendments are likely to come into force sometime this year.
'NCAT - Legal Representation in Home Building and Strata Cases'

Monday October 20, 2014

The rules regarding legal representatives appearing for strata schemes and owners has changed for application lodged from 1 January 2014 when the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal) took over the functions of the Consumer Trader and Tenancy Tribunal. These changes are outlined below.
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