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September 29, 2017

Life insurance loopholes: How well do you know your policy?

There is no doubt that superannuation funds in Australia shamelessly fight for your membership. Given Australians’ retirement pooled savings have exceeded over $2 trillion, it comes as no surprise that the television, radio and internet are flooded with enticing advertisements from the superannuation sector. With employer contribution rates increasing since 2014, this fund of retirement […]

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September 28, 2017

Department of Veteran’s Affairs: Catastrophic negligence

Fifty-six… That’s the number of Australian Veterans who have taken their lives this year. They are fifty-six too many, but sadly these victims are neither the first nor the last. Over the past 41 years, veterans and their families have been crying out to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA), desperately seeking help – help […]

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September 27, 2017

The true cost of TAC Claims

ST LEONARD’S resident Peter Ratcliffe was 19-years-old when a severe car crash changed his life forever. The former roof tiler was driving down the Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road near Anakie when he had a head on collision with another driver in 2014. Mr Ratcliffe, who was not at fault, had to undergo three blood transfusions while […]

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September 26, 2017

Cycling laws across Australia

Cycling as a form of exercise is becoming more and more popular Australia-wide. It is a great way to socialise, get outdoors and get some fresh air. It is also a fantastic way to commute to and from work. But with the number of cyclists per capita increasing, bike laws must be adhered to. While […]

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September 25, 2017

Defamation decisions around Australia

Australia’s defamation laws are there to protect individuals from offensive and slanderous publications, but this is no easy task. There is no hard and fast rule on what amounts to defamation, and a lot depends on the circumstances of each case. We take a look at some recent cases from around Australia to shed some […]

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September 22, 2017

Common Fund Orders Update – Pearson v State of Queensland [2017] FCA 1096

Shine Lawyers provides a summary of the recent case considering an application to open a closed class action and an order that all members of the opened class be subject to a common fund order. We note in particular the judicial oversight of the funding commission rate. Key findings This judgment concerns an interlocutory application […]

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September 21, 2017

Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) workers suffering cellular damage having worked with Jet Fuel

Some workers exposed to jet fuel within the RAAF have suffered damage to their body cells, which could have unknown long term consequences to their health. Research released under a Freedom of Information laws request has found that this link is “evidence of small but persistent cellular damage” Dr Ian Garden recently told the ABC. […]

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Faulty High-tech braking systems: Subaru and Honda Recalls

The safety of cars with automatic braking systems have been called into question with car manufactures issuing worldwide recalls in response to faulty program software. Car manufactures Subaru and Honda have announced large recalls due to malfunctioning technology designed to prevent rear-end crashes and avoid hitting pedestrians, yet instead are putting the vehicles at risk […]

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China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: potential commercial implications

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was signed on the 17th June 2015, implementing a foundation in the next phase of inter-economic relationships between Australia and China. The potential for the ChAFTA to create opportunities for Australia is evident, with China accounting for Australia’s largest export market for goods and services and a nearly a […]

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