Media reform: the next wave

The Media Reform Bill removes the last of the rules regulating cross-media ownership of commercial radio, commercial television and associated newspapers. By PROFESSOR DEREK WILDING.

Hockey v Fairfax: who won and who lost?

The Hockey case provides a wider lesson for those contemplating bringing proceedings for defamation or defending them. It demonstrates the risk of investing substantial amounts of money…

New mega-tribunal reserves space for freedom of information

On 1 July 2015, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Cth) became a new ‘mega tribunal’ with jurisdiction over administrative review, migration and refugee appeals, social security…

FOI laws in the spotlight: are the public interest objects being fulfilled?

Roughly five years on from significant government reforms to the GIPA and FOI Acts, we are presented with a timely opportunity for review. By BRENDA…

Intellectual property: the importance of minimising risk in online agreements

By 2018 it is expected by most experts that online use will be embedded in virtually every commercial transaction. Practitioners need to master this new…

On the quiet: open justice and supression orders

Controversial suppression orders recently made by the Victorian Supreme Court raise important questions about the value Australian courts place on open justice. By BRUCE MCCLINTOCK…