Publications

It has been a busy fortnight. The Victorian Government has committed to the National Redress Scheme for victims of sexual abuse whilst in institutions, and the Law Council of Australia has called for other states to follow suit. The Government is taking steps to correct the criminal records of individuals who required State care as […]

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This edition covers a range of issues including the final attempt for freedom, by former Labour minister Eddie Obeid, as he has sought special leave to appeal his conviction to the High Court of Australia. The special leave application will be heard on 23 March, 2018.

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This fortnight our priority news story is on NAB’s development of a new mortgage product in partnership with a co-ownership platform. The new development creates the potential to solve Australia’s housing affordability crisis.

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Summary Premises used for industrial purposes that previously would not have been considered retail premises may now be subject to the Retail Leases Act 2003 (Vic) (RLA). It has been held by the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal that part of the test of whether premises are retail premises for the purposes of the RLA […]

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Issue: Can you obtain indemnity costs if you settle a claim on more favourable terms than you previously offered to accept in an Offer of Compromise? Facts: Amaca was seeking contribution from CSR towards settlement monies it paid to 204 claimants. Amaca served two Offers of Compromise. The proceedings were eventually settled on terms more […]

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Last week, NSW Racing Minister Paul Toole announced a raft of proposed changes to clubs and gaming legislation.  The bills are before Parliament waiting on further debate.  Below is a snapshot of the most important changes that will take effect if the bills are passed: 1. Is it harder to increase the gaming machine threshold? […]

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The key stories of the past fortnight are the IBAC investigation into Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin and the commencement of the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme, which applies to Victorian Government Agencies. This edition of the Public Sector Newsletter contains links to information the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner has published in relation […]

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This edition covers a range of issues including an update on a recent Court decision confirming the scope of NCAT’s judicial powers and an update on the proposed Bill for certain crimes now to be dealt with by a magistrate rather than by the District Court, and much more.

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The seventh edition of our Banking Newsletter takes a look at the government-backed inquiry into Australia’s finance sector, in which a year long investigation will be commencing by scrutinizing the selling tactics of mortgages.

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The past fortnight saw the passage of new gun laws, the announcement of new protections for whistleblowers, a call for public sector leaders to drive corruption prevention and an appointment to the Coroner’s Court. The Law Council also renewed its push for States and Territories to sign up to a national redress scheme for survivors […]

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