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ACCC v Acquire Learning & Careers Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 602: Acquire Learning Fined for Engaging in Unconscionable Conduct

Friday 23 June 2017 @ 9.29 a.m. | Legal Research | Trade & Commerce

In the case of ACCC v Acquire Learning & Careers Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 602 (30 May 2017), the Federal Court has ordered Acquire Learning & Careers Pty Ltd (Acquire) to pay penalties of $4.5 million for engaging in unconscionable conduct, making false or misleading representations and breaching the unsolicited consumer agreements provisions in the Australian Consumer Law (the ACL – which is contained in Sch 2 to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)).

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NSW Bill Increasing Police Powers In Terror Situations Rushed Through Parliament

Thursday 22 June 2017 @ 11.56 a.m. | Crime | Legal Research

The Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Police Powers and Parole) Bill 2017, which was introduced into the Legislative Assembly by Premier Gladys Berejiklian on 21 June 2017, has been passed through both houses of Parliament in the space of one day’s sitting.  The Bill allows the Commissioner of Police to make a declaration that an incident to which police officers are responding is or is likely to be a terrorist act.  The police will then be able to take pre-emptive action against terrorists.  The Bill also makes some changes to the grant of parole for people deemed to be "terrorism related offenders"

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Fair Work Ombudsman v Gaura Nitai Pty Ltd & Anor [2017] FCCA 1242: Former Coffee Club Franchisee Penalised over Exploitative Cashback Scheme

Thursday 22 June 2017 @ 10.45 a.m. | Industrial Law | Legal Research

In the case of Fair Work Ombudsman v Gaura Nitai Pty Ltd & Anor [2017] FCCA 1242 (13 June 2017), the Fair Work Ombudsman (the Ombudsman) has announced that it has recently secured more than $180,000 in penalties against a former Coffee Club café franchisee in Brisbane for contraventions including requiring an overseas worker on a 457 Skilled Worker Visa to pay back $18,000 of his wages through an unlawful cash-back payment.

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Rizeq v State of Western Australia [2017] HCA 23: Federal or State Laws in Jury Trials

Wednesday 21 June 2017 @ 12.00 p.m. | Crime | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

In John Rizeq v The State of Western Australia [2017] HCA 23 (21 June 2017), the  High Court of Australia has unanimously dismissed an appeal from the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of WA relating to two drug convictions (see Rizeq v The State of Western Australia [No 2] [2015] WASCA 165 (24 August 2015) and Rizeq v The State of Western Australia [2015] WASCA 81 (29 April 2015)) .

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GAX v The Queen [2017] HCA 25: Indecent Dealings with a Minor

Wednesday 21 June 2017 @ 11.47 a.m. | Crime | Legal Research

Today (21 June 2017) the High Court has unanimously allowed an appeal in the case of GAX v The Queen [2017] HCA 25. The Full Court allowed the appeal and set aside the conviction and entered a verdict of acquittal for the appellant, holding that count three of a series of offences relating to indecent dealings with a minor was not proven beyond reasonable doubt.

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