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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Federal Court Decision on Leave Entitlements

The Federal Court of Australia has handed down a decision pertaining to personal/carer's leave with potentially significant consequences for employers. Under the Fair Work Act 2009  (‘the Act’) employees are entitled to 10 days of paid personal/carer’s leave per...

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Concerns over African Swine Fever

Concerns are rife about the possibility of an African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak in Australia, as the disease sweeps the globe. ASF is a highly contagious viral disease which has serious effects on herds of domestic and wild pigs. There are yet to be any instances of...

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Interpreting Commercial Contracts

Commercial contracts can be complicated and when parties fail to see eye to eye, the Court may be tasked with interpreting the agreement. There are various principles which the Court will apply in that situation. In general, the Court will attempt to give effect to...

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Discussions about Horse Traceability

Discussions are rampant amongst stakeholders in the horse industry surrounding a national traceability system. The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Reference Committee are inquiring into the feasibility of a National Horse Traceability Register. The focuses of...

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Pitfalls in Contracts

At Morgan + English Commercial Lawyers, we often see the tricky back end of poorly written contracts. Poorly written Terms and Conditions will often lead to disputes. Many of the disputed issues could have been easily avoided with properly drafted contracts. Here is a...

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Procedural Fairness in Misconduct Allegations

In the recent decision of Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Industry Union v Rail Commissioner, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) discussed the need to afford employees standards of procedural fairness when investigating allegations of misconduct. The case concerned an...

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