• 14 Sep2017

    Proposal to extend Australian Consumer Law to the activities of charities, not-for-profit entities and fundraisers

    Written by: Principal Michael Bracken Following a meeting of Ministers for Consumer Affairs held on 31 August 2017, the State Consumer Affairs Ministers have released a Statement committing their respective State regulators to: “issue guidance clarifying the current application of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL)...
  • 9 Aug2017

    Review of mandatory reporting laws for treating healthcare professionals

    Written by: Daniel Davison, Principal On Friday 4 August 2017, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council meeting of Australia’s health ministers unanimously agreed to review mandatory reporting legislation applicable to treating healthcare practitioners in Australia. The meeting communique stated that Health Ministers agreed...
  • 9 Aug2017

    Consciousness and negligence

    Written by: Rob Minc, Principal Smith v NRMA Insurance Ltd [2017] NSWCA 172: A decision handed down last week in the Supreme Court of New South Wales Court of Appeal affirmed that a driver, who suffered cardiac arrhythmia before striking a vehicle on the opposite side...
  • 24 Jul2017

    Potential new powers for APRA to
    make non-ADI lender rules

    Written by: Michael Bracken, Principal On 17 July 2017 Treasury released an Exposure Draft of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Non-ADI Lender Rules) Bill 2017 implementing the Commonwealth Government’s 2017–18 Budget proposal to introduce measures to respond flexibly to financial and housing market developments that pose...
  • 28 Jun2017

    Just because it’s online doesn’t mean no one takes it seriously

    Written by: Julie Somerville, Principal Over the past two years an increasing number of complaints and claims have come across my desk arising out of defamatory comments made about health and allied health professionals on Facebook and online forums. The ability of an apparently aggrieved...


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