The Need for a Social Media Policy

An employer has been ordered to pay more than $28,000 in compensation to an employee who was held to have been unfairly dismissed over a social media incident. The case (Clint Remmert v Broken Hill Operations) involved an employee who posted comments on Facebook...

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New Digital Milk Market Changing the Industry

The recent launch of a national digital milk market, Milk Exchange, will create significant changes in the dairy industry. The new market platform was developed by Milk2Market in order to create a more transparent digital supply chain for milk and introduce more...

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Obligation to Consult Employees Prior to Dismissal

Generally, employers are required to engage in consultation prior to an employee’s dismissal, beyond perfunctory advice about what is occurring. However, in a recent decision the Fair Work Commission (FWC) found that there can exist specific circumstances that will...

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Beef Herd Reaches Record Low

Recent reports show that the national cattle herd has reduced to a record low of 25.5 million head. The number of cattle going to slaughter, particularly females has increased this year, which has raised some concerns about a diminishing breeding herd. Meat &...

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Supporting the Buy from the Bush Initiative

M+E is proud to support the buy from the bush campaign, which showcases creative products from regional businesses. The campaign was started by Grace Brennan to encourage consumers to support local businesses struggling in the drought. In only a short time the...

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Important Changes Relating to Discretionary Trust Duties

The State Revenue Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2019 (NSW) was introduced to State Parliament on 22 October 2019 to amend the legislation relating to duties and land tax. The Bill contains a number of significant changes, particularly in relation to discretionary...

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Queries about National Fuel Reserves

Key members of the grain industry have expressed concerns about Australia’s fuel reserve levels. Chairmen of both Grain Producers and Grain Growers Australia are urging the government to commence an inquiry into fuel reserves, before potential problems arise. The...

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Approval Scheme for Foreign Investments

A “foreign person” is required to apply for Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval before investing in an entity, business or land in Australia. FIRB approval is legally required for certain transactions (‘notifiable actions’) and recommended for others...

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Naturally Based Insecticide Targeting Pests

Research is being undertaken into a new insecticide, derived from a rare Queensland Eucalypt, which targets pests of stored grain. The new product has the potential to generate significant benefits for the grain industry, particularly given the substantial financial...

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