Recent News Articles by Thomas:

COVID-19 Update: New “home confinement direction” applying to all Queensland residents

A “home confinement” direction has recently been issued by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeanette Young, under the Public Health Act.

The direction commenced from midnight on Sunday, 29 March 2020 – but has attracted little to no media attention, having been overshadowed by Federal Government media releases which do not have any force of law.

The direction is important and unprecedented; it supplements other directions issued by Dr Young, including a “non-essential business activity” direction and “mass gatherings” direction.

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The COVID-19 Economic Response Package, providing financially distressed businesses with temporary relief

The Australian Parliament has passed the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Bill 2020 (Cth). The legislation contains amendments to various laws, which are intended to reduce the threat that Australian businesses will collapse as a result of cash flow constraints resulting from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Code of Silence: Wassmuth v Commissioner of Police

My current practice does not involve any sort of criminal law, although a recent decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal did pique my interest, because it touches upon the intersection of technology and the "right to remain silent", a fundamental and longstanding common law right.

In the decision, the Court quashed the conviction of a woman who was charged and convicted of the offence of “disobeying a lawful order” after she refused to provide access information to her mobile phone pursuant to a search warrant.

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CNN and Acosta sue Trump, White House

Read the cracker of a lawsuit filed by CNN, here.

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That’s a lot of beans: Heinz ordered to pay $2.25 million for contravening the Australian Consumer Law

Up to May 2016 Heinz sold a “Little Kids Shredz” brand of products (pictured in body of article). The products were displayed in the children’s sections of major supermarkets and sold to parents and carers of children aged 1 to 3 years.

Justice White of the Federal Court found that Heinz had, in respect to the sale of the products, conveyed representations that were misleading or deceptive, and which thereby contravened the Australian Consumer Law.

On 24 August Heinz was ordered to pay the Commonwealth of Australia $2.25 million by way of a penalty and, within 3 months, establish a consumer protection law compliance program, to be maintained and administered for 3 years.

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VIDEO: What the heck is going on with SICK LEAVE ENTITLEMENTS in Australia?

AstraZeneca is a global pharmaceutical company. Its Australian operations comprise manufacturing, sales, and distribution, and it has a large Australian workforce.

The Australian Workers' Union filed an application against AstraZeneca in the Fair Work Commission, for a decision on the question "[i]s AstraZeneca's current approach to the accrual and deduction of personal/carer's leave for employees ... consistent with the National Employment Standards?".

AstraZeneca lost.

The decision will have significant consequences for Australian shift-workers and employers of shift-workers.

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