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The legend and laws of Anzac

Within a year of troops landing at Gallipoli in April 1915, it had become an offence to use the word Anzac – or even a word similar to it – in trade or business. The impact has been chronicled in a new book by UNSW Law's Catherine Bond.

In the Marketing Fails Hall of Fame, Woolworths’ 2015 “Fresh in our Memories” campaign remains a standout.

When Woolworths used the phrase and its logo on photographs of Australian diggers to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, public condemnation was swift. The supermarket giant was accused of commercialising Anzac Day and trivialising the memory of those who fought and died.

More MPs could be caught in disqualification trap

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 April 2017.

You might think that disqualification season is over. The High Court has heard and decided the cases of Rodney Culleton and Bob Day, barring both from taking up their seats in the Senate. The court has also refused an attempt by the Labor Party to disqualify Day's replacement, South Australia's new Family First senator Lucy Gichuhi​.

ANZAC: Controlling a name

Dr Catherine Bond was interviewed on ABC Radio National (22 April 2017) regarding her research into control of the term Anzac and the history of its use.

Dr Bond said, “You could probably say that [Anzac] is the most regulated word, particularly of national significance in the world. The only comparator would be something like Olympic, which obviously has international symbolism and significance. But Anzac is really a one-of-a-kind word in terms of the regulation and the extent of that regulation that we go to in Australia”.

Anzac Day-themed nightclub parties slammed as ‘insensitive’, ‘disrespectful’

Dr Catherine Bond speaks to The New Daily (24 April 2017) regarding the recent use of Anzac Day themed advertising for pubs and nightclubs.

Dr Bond said, “Much of the discussion is actually missing a key element — that the Protection of Word Anzac Regulations 1921 (Cth), actually permits use of the term in connection with Anzac Day events.”

“This exemption was introduced in 1979, and it was done in recognition of the fact that, by that time, commemoration activities, and community views about what was appropriate on Anzac Day, had started to change.

The firm that fought for a returned Anzac

Dr Catherine Bond speaks to Lawyers Weekly (24 April 2017) regarding the history around the term Azac and the origins of it's regulatory laws.

Dr Bond said that the historical records are a real credit to the firm’s lawyers, who clearly went out of their way to assist a soldier in very difficult circumstances, “Collison & Co continually liaised between Campbell and the Attorney-General’s Department seeking advice, they came up with alternatives to put to the department":.

Why is Anzac one of Australia's most heavily regulated words?

Dr Catherine Bond spoke to ABC's, The World Today, (11 April 2017) regarding her research on the legal restrictions on the use of the word Anzac through history.

Dr Bond said, “The reports back to Australia on the Gallipoli landing started from about the 8th of May and within about three months after that people had started to use it on products and had started to try to register the word Anzac as a trade mark. The first trademark registration was actually in relation to furniture, and that was in July 1915”.

The historical heritage is what unites us as a civilization (Spanish)

Dr Lucas Lixinski speaks to SBS (19 April 2017) regarding this year's World Heritage Day which is dedicated to ecological tourism.

Listen to the interview here.

Turkey and the Netherlands

Professor Fleur Johns speaks to ABC Radio National (13 April 2017) regarding the Turkey President, President Erdogan, and his plans to campaign to Turkish citizens living in the Netherlands.

“It seems to be the case that [Erdogan] is touching a nerve that's already been made raw by the rise of the far right throughout Europe and doing so for his own political gain,” said Professor Johns.

Terror expert calls for caution from authorities following Queanbeyan fatal stabbing

Dr Nicola McGarrity speaks to the Canberra Times (16 April 2017), regarding the labelling of criminal acts as terror attacks and her warning to authorities.

"The nature of terrorism is such that when people hear that word, they jump to conclusions, and it creates a sense of hysteria and fear in public," Dr McGarrity said.

She went on to say, "The danger in doing that is to create a broad sense of fear in the public that's unjustified."

Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) Report

The Law Society of NSW launched Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) Report on Tuesday 28 March 2017. The report was undertaken by the Law Society’s Future Committee and informed by a Commission of Inquiry that heard from over 100 witnesses during 2016.

The report deals with a wide range of important issues for the legal profession and the community more widely, including legal technology, client’s needs, community needs and funding, legal education, regulation, diversity and globalisation. UNSW Law played an active role in supporting the initiative.