ACCC Issues its Second Carbon Monitoring Report

Wednesday 30 July 2014 @ 9.23 a.m. | Taxation | Trade & Commerce

Previously we posted (14 May 2014), that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been acting upon a direction from the Federal Treasurer, the Hon. Joe Hockey MP pursuant to section 95ZE of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA), to monitor prices, costs, and profits across various sectors in order to assess the general effect of the carbon tax scheme in Australia. As we reported in that previous post a second report detailing the ACCC’s monitoring activities for the June 2014 quarter was to be provided to the Treasurer by 28 July 2014. Yesterday the ACCC by way of a media release (dated 29 July 2014) advised that the report had been delivered.

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HR Managers Liable For Adverse Action

Wednesday 30 July 2014 @ 8.47 a.m. | Industrial Law

Almost on a daily basis, HR and employee relations advisors in large organisations are likely to be involved in making significant employment-related decisions affecting employees, or alternatively, assisting managers to do so. HR advisors should be aware that they may be personally liable for participating in decisions that result in conduct that contravenes the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the Fair Work Act). A recent case in the Federal Circuit Court serves as a salient reminder of the risks for HR advisors in these scenarios – see Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v Baulderstone Pty Ltd & Ors [2014] FCCA 721 (10 April 2014).

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Community Legal Centres: Budget and Other Attacks

Tuesday 29 July 2014 @ 11.23 a.m. | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

The Saturday Paper has reported that the federal government is using "money and law to close down criticism and gag the community’s most trusted voices". The claim is based on the drafting of revised service agreements which the federal government uses to provide funding to Community Legal Centres (CLCs) around Australia.

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Former Speaker Peter Slipper Found Guilty Of Dishonest Use of Taxi Vouchers

Tuesday 29 July 2014 @ 11.08 a.m. | Legal Research

Peter Slipper, former speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, was found guilty yesterday in the ACT Magistrates Court of dishonestly and knowingly misusing Cabcharge vouchers in three incidents in 2010.  The trips occurred while he was still a member of the Liberal National Party, representing Fisher in Queensland.  The Canberra Times reported that the trips, which were purportedly on "parliamentary business" included “visits to Clonakilla in Murrumbateman, a $25 bottle of sparkling purchased at Gallagher Wines and lunchtime stops at Wily Trout Wines at Poachers Pantry”. 

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ACCC Will Not Appeal AGL Tribunal Decision

Tuesday 29 July 2014 @ 9.42 a.m. | Trade & Commerce

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has decided that it will not apply for judicial review of the decision by the Australian Competition Tribunal to grant conditional authorisation to AGL Energy Limited’s (AGL) proposed acquisition of Macquarie Generation.

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