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This edition of the Public Sector Newsletter covers the continued controversy over dual nationality and the validity of the same-sex marriage Postal Survey, amongst a number of other issues.

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This past fortnight saw the passing of new laws in relation to labour hire employees and the appointment of Sven Bluemmel as Victoria’s first Information Commissioner. The past fortnight also saw an interesting VCAT decision as to whether it has jurisdiction to decide if an adequate search has been made for documents in response to […]

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This edition of the Public Sector Newsletter relates to dual citizenship issues surrounding Australian senators and politicians that has taken centre stage in the media recently, amongst many other things.

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A common question recently is whether trust deeds of self managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) need to be amended following commencement of the new superannuation/tax regime on 1 July 2017. Our answer is below. Necessity to amend deeds Most SMSF deeds do not need to be amended.  It is unlikely that failing to amend a deed would […]

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Over the past fortnight the Victorian Government has announced Victoria’s first ever Cyber Security Strategy, established a new statutory authority to watch over the most serious offenders and expanded programs which make offenders more accountable for family violence. The past fortnight also saw two new judges appointed to the County Court. We congratulate Aileen Ryan […]

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This week the Queensland government introduced the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill 2017 (the Bill).  The Bill contains the most controversial, radical and wide-reaching amendments to legislation governing the building and construction industry since the initial introduction of the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (BCIPA) in 2004.  The maximum penalties facing […]

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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. We welcome feedback or suggestions for areas of interest at any time.

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Commercial arbitrations are held between parties to a contract exclusively, meaning non-parties cannot be joined to arbitration proceedings.  This article considers the circumstances that may arise where a contract has an arbitration clause, and a party outside of the contract is partially liable for a claimant’s loss.  There are a number of questions that arise […]

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Without doubt the biggest story of the past fortnight is the appointment of the Honourable Justice Ferguson to replace the retiring Chief Justice Warren as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria. We congratulate Her Honour, a solicitor before her appointment to the court, on her elevation. IBAC has been active over the past […]

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In June 2017, AGL Energy Limited (AGL) announced that it had received the development permit from the Queensland Government for AGL’s proposed $500 million Coopers Gap wind farm. The proposed windfarm, once constructed, will be the largest in Queensland.  With 115 turbines it will be capable of generating up to 460MW of electricity and potentially […]

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