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Queensland mines set for safety and health overhaul as Parliamentary Inquiry tables more than 60 recommendations

01-06-17 | The final report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the re-identification of Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis in Queensland was tabled this week and has gone far beyond recommending changes to coal dust management.

Sparke Helmore Wills Clinic for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people wins health services award

01-06-17 | In collaboration with Wheatbelt community organisations, Sparke Helmore's Pro Bono Program established and delivered a two-day Wills Clinic for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which has won an award.

Federal Court scrutiny of Commonwealth procurement to bring significant change for agencies

29-05-17 | The Commonwealth Government has introduced the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Bill 2017 (the Bill) to the House of Representatives, signaling further significant changes to the way Commonwealth agencies procure goods and services.

Civil penalty increases for breaches of the Fair Work Act

22-05-17 | The Commonwealth Government has passed the Crimes Amendment (Penalty Unit) Bill 2017. Taking effect from 1 July 2017, the Bill will see the value of a penalty unit increase and, by extension, the maximum civil penalties against corporate entities and individuals for breaches of the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act).

Queensland Government announces new criminal offence, "negligence causing death"

19-05-17 | The Queensland Government has announced it will introduce a new criminal WHS offence of "negligence causing death", following a recommendation from independent reviewer for the Best Practice Review of Work Health and Safety (WHS), Tim Lyons.

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