Monthly Archives: September 2014

On 4 December 2013, the Federal Government announced an inquiry into Australia’s Competition Law, which arises from the Federal Government’s 2013 pre-election pledge to conduct a “root and branch review” of Australia’s competition laws, policy and institutions. On 22 September 2014, the panel conducting the review (which has become known as the “Harper Review” after the review panel chair, Professor Ian Harper), issued its Draft Report.

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In the recent case of Alloura Waters Retirement Village Residents Committee v Living Choice Australia Pty Ltd [2014] NSWCATCD 68 the residents’ committee of Alloura Waters Retirement Village (Village) brought an action against the operator, Living Choice Australia Pty Ltd (Operator) seeking an order that certain recurrent charges be refunded to the residents on the basis that the operator had expended them otherwise than in accordance with the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (NSW) (Act).

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The Register created under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA) is normally used to register and protect the rights of secured creditors.

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It is vital that professional partnerships become familiar with the new guidance from the ATO about how the income of those partnerships may be taxed. It is clear now that this is a key area of focus for the ATO. This is a must-read for any new or existing partnership.

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