The scrapping of the 457 visa has made life harder for employers and some employees

457 visa abolition keeps employers and immigration lawyers busy

The abolition of the 457 visa scheme by the Turnbull government has left employers and immigration lawyers with quite some work to do. On 18 April 2017, the Federal Government abolished the 457 visa programme in favour of a new Temporary Skills Shortage visa scheme ...
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Excessive credit card fees will soon be unlawful

Excessive credit card fees to the axe, come 1 September

With the passage of the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Bill 2015 (Cth), “a corporation must not, in trade or commerce, charge a payment surcharge that is excessive” from 1 September 2016. Dean Frith, of Baker Love Lawyers in Newcastle, writes that "the ACCC now ...
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Blake Dawson and Ashurst tie the knot

Blake Dawson and Ashurst tie the knot

A merger of equals? Blake Dawson and UK firm Ashurst agree to tie the knot in an $800 million merger of their Asia Pacific practices this week. Blake Dawson will adopt the Ashurst name. Both firms will full vote on a full merger of their ...
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