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WA set to take ‘box seat’ in booming global lithium industry with new refinery

  Photo: WA is already home to the world’s biggest lithium mine in Greenbushes. (ABC South West: Ruslan Kulski) One of the world’s biggest lithium refineries is set to be established south of Perth, which the state government says puts WA at the centre of the booming global industry. The 50-50 joint venture between Australia’s...
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When is a person on a work trial a ‘worker’ under workers’ compensation legislation?

The plaintiff was injured while on a work trial at a bakery. The defendants argued that she was a worker under the WA workers’ compensation legislation. In Issue Whether a person on a work trial is a ‘worker’ within the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (WA). The Background The defendants were a husband and wife who operated a bakery...
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Data breach notification statistics ‘frightening’

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released its first quarterly report into notifiable data breaches, which shows 63 reported breaches since the scheme began on 22 February 2018.  That means in only its first 38 days, the scheme is averaging more than two notifications every business day. Gerry Power, National Head of...
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Privacy law changes are here – is your SME ready?

21 February 2018   New Australian privacy laws came into force on February 22. Experts warn you may be left scrambling if your SME hasn’t locked down personal information and developed a response plan to deal with privacy breaches. Changes to the Privacy Act mean Australian businesses with annual turnover in excess of $3 million...
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Five tips to protect against ransomware attacks

Ransomware attacks are one of the most common forms of cyber attack in Australia. How can you protect your business? Ransomware hackers steal businesses’ files and demand ransom payments to get them back. The attacks can be devastating financially for companies that are not prepared. For example, the WannaCry attack hit 200,000 victims in 150...
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Dangers of Tenants Insuring Landlords Buildings & Fittings

What is the danger for a landlord in allowing a tenant to insure the building? One common issue which arises is where a clause in a lease requires the tenant to insure the building for loss and damage. We have seen repeated examples of situations in which the actions of the tenant when insuring the...
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