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Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020

The Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020 (the Bill) amends the Designs Act 2003 in response to a 2015 report by the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP). The Bill follows a series of public consultations and Government responses on the Australian designs system between 2013 and 2020. The Bill was deemed non-controversial and passed the Senate without amendments on 4 February 2021. The Explanatory Memorandum states that the financial impact of the Bill is expected to be nil. A ‘design’ refers to the overall appearance of a product resulting from one or more of its visual features. Design rights can be protected under ... Read more...

Mapping Social Cohesion 2020: are we 'all in this together'?

The 2020 edition of the Scanlon Foundation’s Mapping Social Cohesion report was released on 4 February 2021. In a year when so much seemed to change, the report found that Australia’s stability and resilience largely held firm. However, there are some surprises in what is different and what has stayed the same. Read more...

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