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Freedom To Differ

Freedom To Differ

Speaks freely about legal and policy issues facing the media and the internet. By Peter Black.

http://www.freedomtodiffer.com/freedom_to_differ/
  • Feb 25

    Best Australian law schools according to the QS World University Ranking

    Best Australian law schools according to the QS World University Ranking
    The QS World University Rankings 2014 for Law have been released. The QS World University Rankings is one of the few international rankings that also provide subject rankings, including for law. While these rankings are always somewhat…
  • Oct 1

    Daily Twitter Link

    Daily Twitter Link
  • Aug 3

    Blogging the election

    Blogging the election
    This afternoon the Kevin Rudd will visit the Governor-General and request a dissolution and an election on 7 September. A proclamation will then have to be issued dissolving the House of Representatives. The writ initiating the 150 House…
Rank this Week: 97

Australian Regulatory Compliance…

Australian Regulatory Compliance Review

Covers legal and regulatory impacts on Australian businesses. By David Jacobson.

http://www.djacobson.com/australian_regulatory_rev/
  • Jun 15

    Are ASIC investigations of financial service providers private?

    Are ASIC investigations of financial service providers private?
    Are ASIC investigations of financial service providers private? Not automatically. In dealing with ASIC and other regulators it is important to understand that the Freedom of Information Act 1982 applies to government agency records and…
  • Jun 15

    Can a special general meeting be adjourned?

    Can a special general meeting be adjourned?
    In the matter of Re1 Limited (ABN 80 145 743 862) and Re2 Limited as responsible entities for Westfield Retail Trust 1 and Westfield Retail Trust 2 (No 3) [2014] NSWSC 762 the NSW Supreme Court considered the adjournment of the adjournment of…
  • Jun 15

    Small amount credit change

    Small amount credit change
    The National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Small Amount Credit Contracts) Regulation 2014 was registered on 12 June 2014. The Regulation clarifies the changes introduced on 1 July 2013 which imposed a cap on costs and a limit on fees…
Rank this Week: 177

Australian Divorce Blog

Australian Divorce Blog

Covers family law and divorce in Australia. By Stephen Page.

http://australiandivorce.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 29

    Call for papers: gendered violence research network conference

    Call for papers: gendered violence research network conference
    Conference BackgroundThe Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) – a joint initiative of UNSW Arts and Social Sciences and UNSW Law – will hold its inaugural Asia-Pacific conference on Gendered Violence and …
  • Jul 1

    My four step approach to coping with separation and divorce

    My four step approach to coping with separation and divorce
    When you have been helping people going through divorce as long as I have, over 29 years (sorry that figure just made me feel old!), then you start to think about how different people recover from the pain of divorce and separation quicker…
  • Jun 23

    Take care with caveats- Family Court

    Take care with caveats- Family Court
    In Homer's classic tale of the wanderings after Troy, the Odyssey, one of the challenges facing Odysseus was to escape the Sirens. These three singing maidens would sing to seafarers, calling them to their deaths when the seafarers, hearing…
Rank this Week: 632

Australian Gay and Lesbian Law…

Australian Gay and Lesbian Law Blog

Covers the impact of relationship laws on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Australia. By Stephen Page.

http://lgbtlawblog.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 14

    Surrogacy debate in Brisbane on Wednesday night

    Surrogacy debate in Brisbane on Wednesday night
    A free debate will be held in Brisbane on Wednesday night about surrogacy. The event, called Politics in the Pub: Making Babies: The Business of Birth will be hosted by New Farm Neighbourhood Centre in the Turbine Room at Brisbane…
  • Sep 13

    DIGS launch

    DIGS launch
    Last Sunday I was honoured to be a guest speaker, alongside the Member for Brisbane Central Rob Cavallucci and Greens candidate for the Federal seat of Brisbane Rachel Jacobs at the launch of a new community organisation, DIGS. DIGS stands…
  • Aug 30

    SBS Insight Tuesday night about surrogacy

    SBS Insight Tuesday night about surrogacy
    On Tuesday night I am part of a panel discussion on SBS Insight about surrogacy. The discussion demonstrates the joys and difficulties of undertaking surrogacy. One of the couples featured is a gay couple, Michael and Jared, who have a…
Rank this Week: 950

Patentology

Patentology

News and views on patents and innovation, with a focus on Australia and New Zealand.

http://blog.patentology.com.au/
  • Sep 21

    New Zealand’s New Patent Law

    New Zealand’s New Patent Law
    The New Zealand Patents Act 2013 commenced operation on 13 September 2014.  As I wrote last year, when the New Zealand parliament passed the legislation, the new law replaces the 1953 Act, and brings New Zealand’s patent laws into…
  • Sep 13

    Why Science Is Not An Industry (and Our Petals Are Precious)

    Why Science Is Not An Industry (and Our Petals Are Precious)
    Australia currently has no minister (or department) for science.  One of the first acts of Prime Minister Tony Abbott when his government was elected last year was to name a cabinet in which, for the first time since 1931, there was no…
  • Sep 6

    So What’s the Real Reason Twitpic is Shutting Up Shop?

    So What’s the Real Reason Twitpic is Shutting Up Shop?
    As regular readers will be aware, I do not usually write about trade mark matters on this blog.  However, I am completely mystified by Twitpic’s announcement this week that it will be closing down on 25 September 2014, allegedly…
Rank this Week: 1177

ipwars.com

ipwars.com

Covers intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under. By Warwick Rothnie.

http://ipwars.com
  • Sep 21

    Fraudulent imitation

    Fraudulent imitation
    The Full Court has dismissed both Bluescope’s appeal and Gram’s cross-appeal from the ruling that Bluescope infringed Gram’s registered design for the Smartascreen fencing panel.
  • Sep 11

    Review of Plant Breeder’s Rights Advisory Committee

    Review of Plant Breeder’s Rights Advisory Committee
    IP Australia has published a consultation paper on how best to obtain advice currently sought through PBRAC
  • Sep 10

    Online copyright infringement – back to drawing board

    Online copyright infringement – back to drawing board
    Opposition to the "extended authorisation" liability proposal is apparently unanimou
Rank this Week: 1187

Lightbulb Blog by Dilanchian

Lightbulb Blog by Dilanchian

Covers intellectual property law and business law from an Australian perspective. Published by Dilanchian Lawyers and Consultants.

http://www.dilanchian.com.au
  • Sep 8

    7 questions avoid business tax penaltie

    7 questions avoid business tax penaltie
    The Australian Tax Office’s raids last month on 170 businesses in Chinatown were against suspected black market businesses. The Tax Office has the resources to check if raided businesses have been paying their share of tax. Tax Office…
  • Aug 14

    Q&A on why we love coming to work

    Q&A on why we love coming to work
    For its Smalltalk newsletter the Law Society of New South Wales this month asked Noric Dilanchian eight questions. Answering them involved introspection, and an opportunity to profile why we collectively love working for clients in our…
  • Jul 9

    Tax and valuation of crowdfunding initiative

    Tax and valuation of crowdfunding initiative
    Backgrounder, guide and checklist for crowdfunding from an Australian perspective. It ends with a list of 14 crowdfunding sites worldwide. Our related articles are Australian crowdfunding law, current and proposed and Start-up funding…
Rank this Week: 1236

BAZPAT

BAZPAT

Cover IP procurement and enforcement in Australia. By Barry Eagar.

http://bazpat.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 31

    Eagar & Martin Launch

    Eagar & Martin Launch
    I'm delighted to announce the launch of Eagar & Martin! Please visit my new firm here: www.emip.com.au
  • May 21

    Grace Period - Australia

    Grace Period - Australia
    This is the first in a series of posts concerning grace periods around the world. Australia is a good place to start.But first of all, let's consider what is meant by "grace period". This is not the convention period governed by the Paris…
  • May 13

    Particulars for Patent Opposition

    Particulars for Patent Opposition
    Case: Fonterra Co-Operative Group Limited v Leprino Foods Company [2014] APO 24. In this matter, the delegate of the Commissioner of patents dismissed multiple grounds of opposition. He did so, requiring further and better particulars…
Rank this Week: 2050

Oikos

Oikos

Covers environmental and economic issues. By David Jeffery.

http://greenomics.blogspot.com/
  • Jun 12

    The Oikos archive

    The Oikos archive
    Welcome to the archives of the Oikos blog.Oikos is a blog I authored from 2005 to 2009, focussing on environmental economics and environmental policy in Australia.If you'd like to contact me, please email me at ozelaw[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au.…
  • Nov 25

    Some quick thoughts on the Oz emissions trading scheme

    Some quick thoughts on the Oz emissions trading scheme
    We have a good idea now of what the so-called Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is going to look like, after the Government and Opposition hammered out a deal on Tuesday and it was endorsed (barely) by the Liberal Party in a turbulent day…
  • Oct 19

    Ken Henry on tax reform

    Ken Henry on tax reform
    If the tax structure from early last century prevailed today, we would have to raise $40 billion from excise and $230 billion from tariffs to meet today's revenue demand. At that rate the excise on a schooner of beer would be around 7 times…
Rank this Week: 2246

Legal Leaders Blog

Legal Leaders Blog

Covers law firm leadership and management. By Sean Larkan.

http://www.legalleadersblog.com
  • Sep 12

    Killing clients with complexity – be sure to recognise and address it

    Killing clients with complexity – be sure to recognise and address it
    In talking about client relations lawyers like to talk about the importance of using simple English, killing clients with kindness and generally keeping things simple for clients. It seems years of training and our natural lawyerly DNA…
  • Aug 28

    Well dang! Those nimble NewLaw firms are at it again!

    Well dang! Those nimble NewLaw firms are at it again!
    I recently posted on nimbler firms chipping away at others’ brands. Well, it seems they have been at it again – baking some more of BigLaw’s cake and eating a few more slices along the way. Following this theme, an Edge…
  • Aug 26

    Gen-Y comes through, again. . . and makes light of darkne

    Gen-Y comes through, again. . . and makes light of darkne
    Remembering back to when I helped run large law firms I recall how impressed we often were with the energy, enthusiasm and good ideas that came out of our young people, especially when it related to helping others. We’d heard all the…
Rank this Week: 2278

My Access Australia

My Access Australia

Covers Australian immigration law. By Peng Cheng.

http://myaccessaustralia.com/
  • Jun 23

    Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) – Subclass 187 Visa

    Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) – Subclass 187 Visa
      The Subclass 187 RSMS visa is a permanent residency visa that requires the sponsorship of a nominating employer for a role that is located in ‘regional Australia’. The main difference between a 187 RSMS visa and a 186…
  • Mar 9

    Significant Investor & Investor – 188 visa

    Significant Investor & Investor – 188 visa
      We are looking for applicants who may be eligible for Australia’s investment or business development based Subclass 188 visa. If you fit any of the following profiles, then we encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can…
  • Mar 9

    Significant Investor & Investor – 188 visa

    Significant Investor & Investor – 188 visa
      We are looking for applicants who may be eligible for Australia’s investment or business development based Subclass 188 visa. If you fit any of the following profiles, then we encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can…
Rank this Week: 2978

The Perth Asian Lawyer

The Perth Asian Lawyer

Covers family and business law in Australia. By Raymond Tan.

http://tanandtanlawyers.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 19

    Loans of moneys to children

    Loans of moneys to children
    Dear readersWhat happens when you transfer moneys to your children to buy a property? Was there a loan of the money or were the money gifted to them.This may have serious consequences if your children then split up with their spouse.Have a…
  • Sep 16

    Do you want to be a director of a company

    Do you want to be a director of a company
    Dear friendsIf you are being asked to be a director of a company, I suggest you listen to this podcast.Directors of companies have significant responsibilities especially if the company is found to be insolvent. So tread with care if you want…
  • Sep 3

    Enduring Powers of attorney and guardianship

    Enduring Powers of attorney and guardianship
    Dear readersHave returned to Perth after spending time with my mum in hospital.I think an enduring power of attorney is an issue that needs to be considered by all clients when facing failing health. Here is a video which might help.YouTube…
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