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Australia worries about Rio Tinto verdict

SYDNEY - (AP) Australia's leader said Tuesday that secrecy surrounding China's trial of four Rio Tinto workers for commercial espionage leaves room for doubt about the convictions. Canberra says the jail sentence handed to Australian citizen Stern Hu on bribery charges was harsh, and has criticized...

Australia rejects proposal for limited whale hunts

CANBERRA Australia - (APINTL) Australia rejected an International Whaling Commission proposal that would allow limited commercial whaling for the first time in 25 years, dismissing it Wednesday as a huge step back for whale conservation efforts. There has been a ban on commercial whaling since 1986...

Australia to take Japan to court over whaling

CANBERRA, Australia - (AP) Australia has announced it will take Japan to the International Court of Justice in a bid to prevent it whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Attorney-General Robert McClelland say it underlines the government's "commitment to bring...

Australia Takes Japan To Court Over Whaling

CANBERRA, Australia - (AP) Australia said Friday it will challenge Japan's whale hunting in the Antarctic at the International Court of Justice, a major legal escalation in its campaign to ban the practice despite Tokyo's insistence on the right to so-called scientific whaling. Japan's Foreign...

Australia sues Japan over controversial whaling

TOKYO - (AP) Japan said Tuesday it would staunchly defend its research hunt that kills hundreds of whales per year, a day after Australia filed an international lawsuit arguing that the cull does not qualify for a scientific exemption to a 1986 ban. Australia Japan's major trading partner filed...

Australia plans to change 'racist' welfare policy

CANBERRA Australia - (APINTL) Australia plans to reform a policy criticized as racist for restricting how Outback Aborigines spend their welfare checks by applying it to recipients regardless of ethnicity, the prime minister said Wednesday. The government introduced so-called "income management"...

Countries paying teen's rescue cost defend sea law

ADELAIDE, Australia - (AP) The first day Abby Sunderland was stranded in the Southern Ocean, Australia's rescue agency chartered a jet to fly over the area where her emergency beacon was activated. The 11-hour flight cost an estimated 110,000 Australian dollars (US $94,500). The second day...

Australia gets its 1st female PM as Rudd ousted

CANBERRA, Australia - (AP) Australia's ruling Labor Party ousted Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Thursday in a sudden, stunning revolt that also delivered the country its first female leader. Rudd's deputy, Julia Gillard, was elected leader in an uncontested vote about 12 hours after she surprised...

ANZ-Pacifica Law Toolbox

Welcome to LexisNexis ANZ-Pacifica Law Toolbox, the law toolbox that brings you LexisNexis content available for Oceania: Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island Nations. You will find below the legal content and analysis that we have for several countries in this vast and beautiful...

Paul Hogan To Sue Australia For Failed Tax Probe

ADELAIDE, Australia - (AP) "Crocodile Dundee" star Paul Hogan will sue the Australian government for damaging his reputation during a failed criminal investigation into his tax dealings. Fairfax Media on Thursday reported that Hogan's lawyer said the actor could seek up to $80 million for...

Although fire ants originated in the U.S. as the result of "imports" from South America, their spread to many other countries is from the U.S., new genetic assessment shows

Fire ants are a royal pain (literally and figuratively). Chemical pesticides and many other brews have tried to wipe them out, unfortunately without success. They are now colonizing many other countries. But, what is the origin of these new invasions? The aggressive, stinging fire ants ( Solenopsis...

iiNet Versus Hollywood Puts the Spotlight on ISPs, Infringement and Australian Copyright Laws

Originally published by Lawyers Weekly : As the demand for immediate online content increases exponentially, Australian copyright law faces its biggest challenge yet. Briana Everett reports The landmark case between internet service provider iiNet and a group of Hollywood cinema giants has put the...

Australia Proposes Tough Cigarette Packaging Rules

SYDNEY - (AP) Tobacco companies in Australia will be forced to strip all logos from their cigarette packages and replace them with graphic images such as cancer-riddled mouths and sickly children under legislation unveiled Thursday a move the government says will make Australia the world's toughest...

Complaint Filed Against Rio Tinto For Oil Spill

SYDNEY - (AP) A complaint has been filed against Rio Tinto Alcan in Australia, saying the mining giant is responsible for a leak of 19,000 gallons (75,000 liters) of oil into the ground. The Department of Resources for the Northern Territory lodged the complaint earlier this month and announced it on...

NERA Reports Securities Litigation Outside The United States Generally Increased

The number of actions settled by the SEC in the last fiscal year remained essentially constant, according to a report prepared by NERA Economic Consulting. In contrast, the number of securities class actions filed last year ticked up slightly in the U.S. compared to the prior year (here). Securities...

DLA Piper: Climate Change Update – Australian Carbon Pricing Mechanism Takes Shape

By Mark Beaufoy and Laura Schuijers July 1 marked the first day of the first compliance year under Australia's carbon pricing mechanism (CPM). Entities liable under the CPM will need to record and report their covered greenhouse gas emissions. The threshold emissions level for an entity to be...

DLA Piper: Australian High Court Finds a Judgment Is Not Always a Judgment

By Melissa Joyce and Mark Williams, Attorneys, DLA Piper A person who has suffered damages as a result of a tort and brings separate actions against tortfeasors liable in respect of the same damage cannot recover more than the amount of damages awarded by the judgment first given. In Newcrest Mining...

Another maxim bites the dust: Isolated coral reefs can recover from bleaching

Stony corals that are reef-building corals (also known as Hermtypic corals [see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermatypic_coral ]) require algae from the genus Symbiodinium [see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbiodinium ] to be in a healthy condition. The loss of these intracellular Symbiodinium from the...

It's a Bird, It's a Plane: Superman Claims Victory in the Federal Court of Australia

by Melinda Upton and Danielle Selig On 22 May 2013, Justice Bennett refused an application in the Federal Court of Australia, by Cheqout Pty Ltd (Cheqout), to register the trade mark 'superman workout'. Adopting the test relied upon by Justice Dodds-Streeton in Fry Consulting v Sports...

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Australians React Strongly To the Abolition of the Climate Commission

By Stéphanie Chuffart, Visiting Fellow On September, 19, 2013, Australia’s Climate Commission -a body established to provide independent information about climate science – was abolished by the Government of the newly elected Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The Abbott Government...

Insurance Review 2015 – Insurance Update Australia

By: Alec Christie , Alexander Gregg, Carmen Elder , Codie Gippel, David Leggatt , Emma Baker , Emma Cameron , Jacques Jacobs , James Baird , James Berg , James Morse , Jason Morris, John Goulios , John Sheehy, Julian Conti, Kieran O'Brien , Mark Baker-Jones , Mark Williams , Michael Gill , Paul Baxter...

Price Controls on Specialty Pharmaceuticals: Global Perspectives on the Free Market Debate

Karen C. Yotis, Esq., a Feature Resident Columnist for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter , provides insights into workplace issues and the nuts and bolts of the workers’ comp world. We love our pharmaceuticals here in the U S of A and we pay through the nose for them too...

Australian Anti-Bribery & Compliance Trends

Today we welcome Ted Williams, Partner, Piper Alderman. Ted, can you share some of your background and experience? TW: Thank you, Richard, for the opportunity to engage with your community, and it was a pleasure to meet you in New York during my recent visit. Richard, I am a lawyer with 25 years’...