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Banking & Finance | Legal

Where to now on responsible lending? – Gerard Brody

Gerard Brody of the Consumer Action Law Centre has expressed concern over Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s intention to scrap responsible lending laws, describing the move as a “risky and dangerous policy” that will hurt Australian households. The proposed reform, currently being drafted, could mean the abolishment of all responsible lending obligations that form the National Consumer…

5 Nov 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Healthcare | Legal

Eliminating PFAS from firefighting sites – Fire & Rescue NSW

It has been three years since per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) – chemicals once used in food packaging, cooking hardware and firefighting foam – were first banned in Australia, after being exposed as an environmental and health threat. Since then the body of evidence highlighting the toxicity of PFAS chemicals has grown, as have…

20 Oct 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

Using technology for better obstetric decision making

Cardiotocography (CTG) has been used for foetal heartrate (FHR) surveillance since the 1970s, as a means of detecting foetal hypoxia and guiding clinical decisions around delivery timing. Despite the length of its usage, there is yet to be convincing evidence that CTG reduces birth asphyxia, stillbirths, caesareans or instrumental deliveries. Although the technology is good…

24 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Legal

Conduct is the ‘new black’ in financial services – Dr. Andy Schmulow

Shortly after Dr. Andy Schmulow announced that a life insurer shamed in the banking Royal Commission would not be here in five years’ time, he indignantly retracted his statement. “I made a mistake,” Schmulow told Informa Connect ahead of the Credit Law Conference. “They won’t be here in five months’ time.” The well-known academic – one…

15 Sep 2020, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

Is a national rollout of voluntary assisted dying legislation imminent?

The medical industry is, by nature, beset with ethical controversies; few more profound than the issue of voluntary assisted dying (VAD). Victoria is currently the only state in Australia to have such a law, but lately - with the heightened national focus on elder rights - there has been increased talk about enacting the legislation…

4 Dec 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Legal | Occupational Health & Safety

Preparing for workplace manslaughter provisions in Victoria

In October 2019, the Victorian Labor Government submitted its Workplace Manslaughter (WM) legislation to state Parliament.  The bill has already passed the lower house and is currently before the upper house (Legislative Council); where it will need the support of cross-bench members (since Labor does not hold a majority in the upper house). If passed, Victoria…

20 Nov 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Legal

Balancing the rights and responsibilities of doctors and patients

In December 2014, a 21-year old man was brought to a Victorian Emergency Department (ED) by his family because of bizarre behaviour. Clinicians believed he was suffering from a mental illness, probably psychosis. He was, however, co-operative and agreeable to staying for further assessment and probable admission. Therefore, he did not meet criteria for involuntary…

15 Nov 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Leadership & Communication | Legal

Is there a case for a Media Freedom Act? An interview with Professor Peter Greste

When former Al Jazeera journalist, Professor Peter Greste, was captured and imprisoned in Egypt - after his reporting of a topic believed to be compromising national security - he began thinking about the seeming tradeoff between the need for national security and democracy. Populist pressure to clamp down on national security threats, post 9/11, has seen…

11 Oct 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Banking & Finance | Legal

SME lending – a digital priority?

The challenges faced by small businesses when borrowing in today’s climate are numerous, but with new operators providing a variety of digital options on highly accessible platforms, are small business operators better serviced by tech-savvy lenders? Ahead of the 29th Annual Credit Law Conference, several panellists weigh in with their views. ‘Low touch’ world; high expectations…

15 Aug 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Business | Legal

How to avoid public disclosure of internal misconduct – insights from Professor AJ Brown

Earlier this month, Federal Police raided the home of Newscorp journalist Annika Smethurt following the publication of a leaked plan allegedly permitting governments to spy on Australians. The raid was reportedly the result of an act of internal whistleblowing and follows two recent high-profile whistleblowing cases: that of David McBride, former Defence Force Lawyer, and Richard Boyle…

20 Jun 2019, by Amy Sarcevic
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