New Federal Biosecurity Legislation and Biosecurity System

Friday 28 November 2014 @ 1.21 p.m. | Legal Research | Trade & Commerce

As previously mentioned on TimeBase, the Federal Parliament has completed its consultation on the draft Biosecurity legislation, introducing five new bills into Parliament yesterday (27 November 2014) to bring about a more modern and responsive biosecurity system.

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More Migration Legislation Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload

Friday 28 November 2014 @ 1.11 p.m. | Immigration

Previously we have reported on the Federal Government's Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 which, among other matters, would see the introduction of:

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Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014

Friday 28 November 2014 @ 1.05 p.m. | Industrial Law

The Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014 has been introduced into Federal Parliament with amendments that would see the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FWA)amended to implement elements of The Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws. If passed, the bill will also give effect to the Government’s commitment to promote harmonious, sensible and productive enterprise bargaining.

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Tax Transparency for Big Companies: Opposition Attempts to Bring Forward Changes Likely To Fail

Thursday 27 November 2014 @ 12.12 p.m. | Taxation | Trade & Commerce

The Tax Laws Amendment (Tax Transparency) Bill 2014 (the Transparency Bill), a Private Members Bill introduced by Labor MP and Shadow Assistant Treasurer Mr Andrew Leigh on 24 November 2014, which ".  .  . seeks to increase tax transparency by requiring the Australian Tax Office (the ATO) to publish data on what big companies have paid [in tax] . . ." is reported by the Financial Review as being unlikely to receive Government support and therefore likely to fail in the House of  Representatives. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann is reported as having:

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Cybercrime Reporting Site Announced After Report Found Identity Crime Costs $1.6 Billion Annually

Thursday 27 November 2014 @ 11.40 a.m. | Crime

As part of its ongoing strategy to deal with online crime, the Federal Government yesterday (26 November 2014) launched a new reporting network at the CeBIT conference.  The network, known as ACORN (the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network), allows victims to securely report cybercrime incidents.  The Sydney Morning Herald reported that “ACORN will also enable police to compile a national picture of the types of cybercrime affecting individuals and businesses, improving the way they tactically respond to key cybercrime theft”.

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