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The Good Oil on the Food Bill

The Good Oil on the Food Bill

Over Christmas, there was a lot of media hype and confusion surrounding the application of the Food Bill to market gardeners, farmer's market stall holders, cake stalls and the like. The Bill has been before Parliament for over a year, but until now has received little attention.

According to the Government, the Bill will not stop farmers markets operating, food being exchanged between neighbours or friends or the occasional weekend sausage sizzle fundraiser outside the "Red Shed".

By Melissa Higham - 2 Feb 2012

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The Australian PPSA

The Australian PPSA

The Australian Personal Property Securities Act 2009 will commence on 30 January 2012 introducing a new regime regulating interests in personal property.  Readers may recall the introduction of similar legislation in New Zealand in 2002 and the changes that it brought in terms of the registration and enforcement of security interests in this country.

By Mike Worsnop - 26 Jan 2012

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1 January deadline for warranties in Australia

1 January deadline for warranties in Australia

If you sell 'consumer products' in Australia you need to be sure that as from 1 January 2012 any warranties against defects in those consumer products comply with the mandatory requirements of Australia's new consumer law.

By Melissa Higham - 21 Dec 2011

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Companies Act updates

Companies Act updates

Following on from an earlier blog, the Government has now introduced the Companies and Limited Partnerships Amendment Bill 2011 to Parliament to tighten the rules and requirements around company directors and the company registration process.

By Melissa Higham - 17 Oct 2011

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Simplified financial reporting for SMEs

Simplified financial reporting for SMEs

The Commerce Minister, Simon Power, has announced proposals to simplify the financial reporting framework of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). The change will be available to companies that do not meet the definition of a "large" company. A "large company" has annual revenue of more than $30 million or assets of more than $60 million - if it doesn't meet either of those criteria then it is not "large".

By Melissa Higham - 10 Oct 2011

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New investor migration policy

New investor migration policy

New Zealand Immigration has recently announced new investor migration policies, effective 25 July 2011.

By Claire Barron - 6 Oct 2011

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Protect your brand from .xxx

Protect your brand from .xxx

Internet domain names (or websites) are regulated by a body called ICANN. Earlier this year ICANN agreed with ICM Registry to create a new type of domain name, ".xxx." The new domain is intended to be a clearly labeled place for adult entertainment.

By Mike Worsnop - 4 Oct 2011

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The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act

The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act

In November last year we reported that The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill was at Select Committee stage. That Bill was passed into law in April and comes into force on 1 September 2011.

By Mike Worsnop - 31 Aug 2011 - 3 comments

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Do not deceive or mislead!

Do not deceive or mislead!

The Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA) promotes competition by preventing misleading and deceptive conduct by traders in the promotion, advertising and sale of goods and services. If you are in the business of supplying goods or services to customers, you must comply with the FTA or face serious consequences if you do not. Penalties for misleading or deceiving conduct can be severe.

By Melissa Higham - 29 Jul 2011

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New private investor rights and obligations at risk

New private investor rights and obligations at risk

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) this week has warned private investors against allowing themselves to be classified as wholesale investors and so losing new retail rights and protections. A part of the Financial Advisers Act 2008 (Act) which comes into force from 1 July 2011 means that financial advisers have to follow new professional conduct standards and disclosure requirements.

By Mike Worsnop - 10 May 2011

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