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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.  With this in mind, we welcome feedback or suggestions for areas of interest at any time.  This edition includes: Trish McDonald and Stephen Rushton have been nominated to join Chief Commissioner Peter Hall to form the new […]

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In another busy fortnight, and in an Australian first, the Wrongs Amendment (Organisational Child Abuse) Act 2017 will establish certain religious and government organisations owe a duty of care to protect children in their care from sexual abuse. The Government’s overhaul of the bail system has also passed parliament, the Government has established a Parliamentary Budget […]

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The Attorney-General of Australia has announced that the Federal Government will accept all of the Commonwealth related recommendations arising out of the Lindt Café siege inquest report. One such recommendation related to improved accessibility of information on criminal history (including bail) relevant to the investigation and prosecution of criminal offences. The 12 recommendations and the […]

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The phrase “PPS lease” appears in the PPS Act, insolvency laws and many contracts.  Changing its meaning therefore causes a wide range of issues, some of which we look at in this PPS Alert. We now have 4 different meanings of “PPS lease” which might apply to a “PPS lease” issue. Businesses (especially those doing […]

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Terrorism was front and centre this fortnight with the judicial and executive arms of government both commenting in relation to the sentencing of, and new laws being passed in relation to same. The past fortnight also saw the announcement of a new approach to help keep victims of family violence safe, new laws announced to […]

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The criminal justice system has again dominated the last fortnight’s news feed, with an expanded role for public custody officers, the creation of a Sentencing Guidelines Council, and new laws to improve court safety and jury selection. Meanwhile, both the Law Institute of Victoria and the Victorian Bar have welcomed the government’s access to justice […]

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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.  With this in mind, we welcome feedback or suggestions for areas of interest at any time. View PDF below to load newsletter.

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Congratulations to Senior Associate, Chris Kelly, who for the second year running has been recognised by Doyle’s Guide as an Australian Property & Real Estate “Rising Star” (2016 & 2017). Doyle’s Guide describes Rising Stars as “non-Partner level solicitors practising in Property & Real Estate matters in the Australian legal market who have been identified […]

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The past fortnight saw the Supreme Court rule the detaining of children at the Barwon maximum security adult prison was unlawful. A link to the decision and links to some commentary on the decision form part of this newsletter. Over the past fortnight the Victorian Government also renewed Justice Garde’s appointment as President of VCAT […]

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