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Saturday, October 16, 2021

First blood for Australian contract cheating law - Times Higher Education (THE)

Last updated Friday, October 8, 2021 07:09 ET , Source: NewsService

Australia’s higher education regulator has won a court injunction against a foreign essay mill, in the first exercise of a 2020 law that prohibits contract cheating services.

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Teqsa) has obtained a Federal Court order requiring telecommunications companies to block access to the website “assignmenthelp4you.com” and its apparent alter ego, “assignmenthelp2u.com”.

Screenshots taken in April and May from assignmenthelp4you.com, thought to be operated from India, reveal that it advertised services to students from at least 10 Australian universities. “Find Best Academic Writers for Hire! Get Classroom Assignment Writing Service Acquire world’s best online assignment writing service at cheaper rate!” one message urged.

“Completely original and authentic papers…Timely assignment delivery” promised another. “If a student…cannot give much to complete their assignments, therefore, students hire a professional essay writer to ease their academic stress.”

Court documents reveal offers to specifically help students undertaking courses in fundamentals of finance and accounting for management decisions at a Victorian university, and tax law and corporate financial management at a Sydney private college.

The website was taken offline after a government solicitor emailed its operators in June, with visitors redirected to an advertisement claiming the domain name was for sale. Meanwhile, the assignmenthelp2u.com website sprang up,...



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