Welcome to the eleventh edition of Government Matters. Click on the image to open the file.

In this issue, we examine the proposed changes to be introduced under the Privacy Amendment (Notification of Serious Data Breaches) Bill 2015, which—if passed— will require entities to notify individuals and the Privacy Commissioner if a serious data breach has occurred.

We look at the High Court's decision in Commonwealth v Director, Fair Work Building Inspectorate, which has clarified that regulators, like any party, are able to make submissions or reach agreements about penalties in a civil proceeding.

We return to the question of whether ambiguity must be shown when interpreting a written contract before a court can consider evidence of the surrounding circumstances and what the High Court's express refusal to clarify the law in Mount Bruce Mining Pty Limited v Wright Prospecting Pty Limited & Anor means.

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