Data retention regime – Soon to become reality

By Richard Leder (Partner) & Christie Jones (Associate) of Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers. The government’s controversial data retention legislation, under which telcos and ISPs will be required to store a range of metadata in relation to customer activity for two … Continue reading

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Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke infringe Marvin Gaye’s copyright

By Jimmy Gill of McCabes  A Californian jury has recently ordered pop stars Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke to pay nearly $US7.4 million to Marvin Gaye’s children after ruling the pair had copied parts of Gaye’s song ‘Got to Give It … Continue reading

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Will vendors with swimming pools ever be forced into compliance?

By Marcus Andrews and Kate Hollings of McCabes   Since 2013 the State Government has been trying to introduce new laws that will require vendors (and landlords) to include a certificate of compliance or occupation certificate for any contracts for sale … Continue reading

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Pitcher Partners State Tax Review 2014/2015 – reducing state taxes and increasing GST will result in a level playing field

Business across Australia would have a more level playing field if GST was increased and the States all agreed to significantly reduce the cost of state taxes imposed on business taxpayers,  said Pitcher Partners partner Craig Whatman following the release … Continue reading

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Recent cases – family law

The following case summaries were prepared by the Hon Peter I Rose AM QC. George & George [2015] FamCAFC 38 Application was made for leave to appeal out of time. The application was successful. In a brief ex tempore judgment, … Continue reading

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Recommendations made in Chapter 4 of the statutory review report of the PPSA

by Anne Wardell, Editorial Content Manager Below is a list of some of the recommendations made in Chapter 4, Reach of the Act, of the statutory review of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (PPSA) (the Report). I have not … Continue reading

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Statutory review of the PPSA final report tabled

by Anne Wardell, Editorial Content Manager On 18 March 2015 the government released Mr Bruce Whitaker’s final report on the statutory review of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (PPSA). The report recommends that the PPSA not be repealed but … Continue reading

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Recent cases – evidence law

The following is a list of interesting and significant cases handed down in the evidence law space since January 2015. Wolters Kluwer Australian Uniform Evidence Law has been updated to include commentary on these cases: Section 128 Privilege in respect of / … Continue reading

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Attempted murder at Optus

The Supreme Court of New South Wales has awarded damages of $3,851,286 to a man who suffered injury and mental harm when, while at Optus participating in training, he was assaulted when a fellow trainee attempted to murder him by … Continue reading

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Recent cases – family law

The following case summaries were prepared by the Hon Peter I Rose AM QC, former judge of the Family Court of Australia. Hallows & Hallows [2015] FamCAFC 31 This was an appeal from orders made in contravention proceedings which included … Continue reading

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