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Another Data Breach Raises Concerns About the Safety of Personal Information

by Sonia Hickey
NSW Transport has yet to inform more than 50,000 Australian driver licence holders that their personal data was uploaded and left exposed in open cloud storage. The licences were discovered last week by a Ukranian security consultant who stumbled across...

Three Charged Over Alleged COVID-19 Superannuation Scam

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Three women from Queensland have been charged after allegedly attempting to access other people’s superannuation. Police allege the women submitted false claims to gain early access to other people’s superannuation, and charged them with a range of offences including: Conspiring...

The Offence of Tax Fraud in Australia

by Ugur Nedim
A Sydney businessman has been sentenced to seven years and six months behind bars, with a minimum term of five years, for his role in one of Australia’s largest even tax fraud schemes. 37-year old Simon Anquetil is the founder...

Dishonestly Using Position as a Company Director in Australia

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Controversial Australian politician Clive Palmer faces a potential prison sentence after being accused of fraud and corporate misconduct. Mr Palmer was charged following an investigation by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). The investigation included a review of his...

Robodebt Class Action is Coming

by Sonia Hickey
Centrelink will be contacting hundreds of thousands of Australians in the coming weeks to notify them that they could be part of a Robodebt class action lawsuit against the federal government. About 13,000 people have already signed up to the...

Is It a Crime to Import Cigarettes into Australia?

by Ugur Nedim
The tax on tobacco in Australia is astronomical, pushing the average price of a cigarette packet beyond forty dollars in recent months. The tax has been justified on public health grounds, and has been partially responsible for significantly reducing the...

Google to Pay Nearly Half a Billion Dollars in Australian Tax

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Hot on the heels of news published earlier this month that multi-nationals are still paying little to no tax here in Australia, one of the world’s most well-known corporate juggernauts has announced it has reached a settlement with the ATO...

Foreign-Owned Companies Avoid Billions in Tax

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
As thousands of Australians wonder how they’ll put food on the table this Christmas, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has released figures which (again) show that many large companies have avoided paying tax in recent years. Despite many individuals being...

Cartel Offences in Australia: The Crime of Anti-Competitive Conduct

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd – also known as K-Line – was fined $34.5 million over cartel conduct in the Federal Court last month. K-Line admitted to engaging in anti-competitive conduct with other shipping companies between July 2009...

What are the Mental Elements for Criminal Code Act Offences?

by Ugur Nedim
There are hundreds of Commonwealth Acts which contain criminal offences, perhaps the most notable of which is the Criminal Code Act 1995 (‘the Act’) – the stated purpose of which is ‘to codify the general principles of criminal responsibility under...
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