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'Cheers' to compliant advertising of alcohol

Marketing alcohol is inherently difficult. It is held to greater scrutiny than other food and beverage products. Unsurprisingly, this means that smart ideas like Bob Hawke sculling a beer, though catchy and differentiating, can be non-compliant...

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Winners are grinners

Trade promotions, such as competitions and other promotional games, are winners for generating hype for your brand. However, trade promotions are heavily regulated and organisations must ensure they comply with relevant laws...

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Responsible marketing of food and beverages

'Huge news! 10 Grand Massive Quadruple Beef Burgers for the price of 1!'Tempting, but the use of a tag line like this in an advertising campaign would likely breach Australian advertising codes. Advertising of food and beverages...

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The new AANA advertising Code of Ethics

On 1 February 2021, the new advertising Code of Ethics (Code), adopted by the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA), came into effect. The AANA has published an accompanying Practice Note to in order to assist...

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Businesses face penalties for unfair contract terms

State and territory consumer affairs ministers have recently agreed to strengthen the Australian Consumer Law unfair contract terms regime. Key proposed changes, as outlined in the Treasury’s Regulation Impact Statement...

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How a typo can cost you

We’ve all seen it – an email sent to the wrong person. Perhaps a misspelled email address or an email sent to the wrong ‘Jennifer’. A recent decision by the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner shows how a simple clerical...

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Modern slavery reporting and the impact of COVID-19

While the obligation to report and publish a modern slavery statement under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) (Act) remains largely unchanged by COVID-19, reporting entities must be aware of the impacts of the pandemic on vulnerable workers in their supply chains.

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Cooking up therapeutic claims: TGA fines Pete Evans for advertising breaches

With a burgeoning consumer focus on immunity, wellness, functional foods and active beauty products, advertisers must be clear on what can and cannot be claimed about their products, and what types of claims will trigger...

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COVID-19: Temporary changes to insolvency laws

In recognition of the financial hardships faced by Australian businesses over the upcoming months, the Australian Government has enacted the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Act 2020 (CERP Legislation) to provide...

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Top 4 legal considerations for online business

In this new era of COVID-19, online business is more essential than ever. Whether an established online business or a new online player, here are 4 key legal considerations for optimising online operations.

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