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ANRA calls for deregulation, review of TPA amendments 

4 December 2007

The Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA), which represents Australia's large-scale retailers, has called on the new Labor government to review recent amendments to the Trade Practices Act. The amendments to...

What will Labor mean for the industry? 

27 November 2007

As the nation adjusts to the end of 11 years of Liberal governance, the publishing industry will be among many waiting as the dust settles to see what the change...

ELR receives ‘ongoing funding’ 

16 October 2007

The Federal Government has announced that the Educational Lending Right (ELR) scheme will receive ‘ongoing funding'.The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has welcomed the move, saying it will ensure that...

Bloom Partners seek input on ABA paper 

16 October 2007

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) has commissioned industry consultants Bloom Partners to prepare a ‘green paper' to examine the arguments for and against the parallel importation of books.Bloom Partners are...

In brief 

18 September 2007

Spotlight abandons AWAsNational fabric retailer Spotlight has announced that it will negotiate a new collective agreement with its 6500 employees rather than deal with the complex WorkChoices laws. Spotlight CEO Simon...

In brief 

31 July 2007

Miles Franklin winner to tour Queensland and NTAlexis Wright, the winner of this year's Miles Franklin Award for Carpentaria (Giramondo), will tour rural Queensland and the Northern Territory in August....

In brief 

17 July 2007

Workplace watchdog warns small businessThe newly appointed Workplace Ombudsman, Nicholas Wilson, has issued a warning to small businesses to meet all their legal obligations regarding employee entitlements, pointing to a...

In brief 

10 July 2007

HarperCollins to be ‘carbon neutral' by 2010News Corporation, the parent company of HarperCollins owned by Rupert Murdoch, will be ‘carbon neutral' by 2010, according to a report in News Corporation-owned...

In brief 

3 July 2007

Retail sales figures fall in April and MayAfter ten consecutive months of growth, retail sales slipped 0.1% in May and 0.3% in April, according to figures released by the Australian...

Hicks won’t profit from book: Attorney-General 

1 May 2007

Federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock (pictured) yesterday flagged that the federal government would introduce retrospective legislation to prevent Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks from profiting from any book deal made...

More books to be banned under new censorship laws? 

17 April 2007

State and territory attorneys-general have agreed to a request by federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock to investigate how they can more closely restrict material that advocates terrorism. Ahead of a meeting...

NSW to propose privacy law 

27 March 2007

Proposals for a new privacy law by the NSW Law Reform Commission could disrupt Australia's now uniform defamation laws. The proposals, due to be made public ‘within weeks' according to...

ABA, ASA critical of ‘classification’ bill 

13 March 2007

Following the proposal by Minister for the Arts Senator Coonan to introduce legislation to apply classifications to all electronically published material, peak publishing industry bodies have joined the Australian Publishers...

New record-keeping obligations for employers 

13 March 2007

The Federal Government has issued a reminder to all employers that new record-keeping obligations required under the Work Choices legislation will be enforced after 27 March.The requirements, related largely to...

Book ‘classification’: draft legislation obtained 

6 March 2007

The online newsletter Crikey yesterday published a copy of a draft version of the government's proposed legislation aimed at making classification of content ‘technology neutral'.Margaret Simons, writing in Crikey, said...

Books to receive classification ratings? 

27 February 2007

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) has raised concerns over aspects of proposed Government legislation that could mean that all books will have to be classified.Senator Helen Coonan, the minister for...

Spotlight on new IR laws 

31 May 2006

The debate on the Government's new Work Choices legislation has turned to the retail sector in the past week, with the Labor Party and the ACTU both highly critical of...