Publications

1. Introduction On 6 December 2017, the Senate released its report on proposals to ‘shake up’ rural lenders and the Insolvency Practitioners they appoint. Whilst it remains to be seen if anything will come about as a result of this report, the Banking Royal Commission has currently dominated everyone’s attention for the time being. In […]

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This fortnight’s edition focuses heavily on the Turnbull Government’s decision to establish a Royal Commission into the Banking Sector, with the aim to investigate misconduct in the industry.

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The biggest story of the past fortnight was the passage of Victoria’s Assisted Dying Legislation. However, the past fortnight also witnessed the appointment of a new Justice of the Court of Appeal and a new solicitor general. The debate about whether the age of criminal responsibilities ought to be raised was furthered with a contribution […]

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A recent case we conducted on behalf of Gympie Regional Council has highlighted the effectiveness of enforcement action against an environmental offender, utilising an Environment Protection Order (EPO) combined with a prosecution for development offences. View the PDF to read more on this alert.

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This edition includes details of new appointments: to the Australian Law Reform Commission, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court – as well as a new Royal Commissioner, and much more. Read more to view our full wrap-up of the past fortnight’s media, cases and legislation.

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The purpose of this newsletter is to provide a digestible and relevant snapshot of current news, case law and legislation in the banking and finance sector.

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What has changed and why? Major reforms to Australia’s insolvency laws were recently passed making ipso facto clauses unenforceable in certain insolvency procedures. The reforms have been made so that contractors will still be able to receive benefits under the contract whilst in an insolvency administration, providing them with an opportunity to turn their business […]

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Over the past fortnight, the Honourable Justice Redlich was appointed to lead IBAC and Dr Matt Collins was elected President of the Victorian Bar Council. The past fortnight also witnessed the delivery of some really interesting Supreme Court judgments affecting VCAT’s jurisdiction, the powers of the Victorian Legal Services Board and the interpretation of the Freedom […]

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The purpose of this newsletter is to provide government lawyers with a digestible and relevant snapshot of current news, case law and legislation. A key feature of this edition is the postal survey returning a ‘yes’ vote for SSM.  We welcome feedback or suggestions for areas of interest at any time.

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