Author Archives: Anne Wardell

About Anne Wardell

Anne Wardell is Editorial Content Manager at Wolters Kluwer, CCH and co-administrator of the Law Chat site.

The aftermath of the senate report into ASIC – greater penalties for ASIC or should we see more court action! by Bob Baxt

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has gone very much on the front foot in response to the damaging Report of the Senate Economics References Committee (the Committee) into its performance. One major step taken has been to seek … Continue reading

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Hockey interview transcript ‘poorest people either don’t have cars’ and followup interview transcripts

The Treasurer, Joe Hockey, gave an interview to ABC Local Radio, Brisbane on 13 August 2014 in which he discussed Clive Palmer, cross bench, GP co-payment, and bank class action. The comment which has attracted the most attention however is … Continue reading

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Recent cases – company law

Cases recently reported in CCH’s Australian Company Law Cases Premium, available on IntelliConnect, include: Officers and employees  • In the matter of Cummings Engineering Holdings Pty Ltd (2014) 32 ACLC ¶14-013: Restrictions on indemnities, insurance and termination payments. Directors of family-owned company authorising … Continue reading

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Harper Review of Competition Law — summary of submissions — ACCC

by Anne Wardell, Editorial Content Manager, Wolters Kluwer,CCH Australia. In early 2014 the government set up a Review Panel, chaired by Professor Ian Harper, to review Australia’s competition laws and policy. An issues paper was released by the Panel and … Continue reading

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Statutory demands — how to make them and how to resist them

Written by Peter Harkin, Partner at CBP Lawyers within the Restructuring and Insolvency team* In brief — Section 459E statutory demand and insolvency Under s 459C of the Corporations Act, a company is presumed to be insolvent if in the … Continue reading

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Corporate Law Reform Paper – The CAMAC “fiasco”/other tensions for the Federal Government by Bob Baxt

It is not surprising that a new government, with a different political persuasion will want to bring some new ideas into the area of corporate and security regulation. The Liberal National Party Coalition Government has shown its hand very early. … Continue reading

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Australian M&A – Are merger authorisations now practical?

by Dr Martyn Taylor (Partner), Claire Forster (Senior Associate), David Turner (Solicitor) of Norton Rose Fulbright. 1. AGL’s successful merger authorisation in June 2014 To date, most merger clearances in Australia have involved a voluntary application for ‘informal clearance’ to … Continue reading

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Proposed reform of the Federation

The Prime Minister has announced the government’s intention to create a White Paper on the reform of the Federation. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has established a Taskforce to develop the White Paper and it will be … Continue reading

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Senate report into performance of ASIC is a wake-up call

The Senate Economics References Committee (the Committee) tabled its final report on the performance of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on 26 June 2014. The report is over 500 pages long and makes 61 recommendations. In a media … Continue reading

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Full Court of the Federal Court re-assesses penalties and costs

In Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v BAJV Pty Ltd [2014] FCAFC 52, the Full Court of the Federal Court heard an appeal against penalties and costs, and partially reassessed orders imposed in the primary proceedings. In the original Federal … Continue reading

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