Q&As

"Post-Baby Gammy- What’s the view?"

Monday August 3, 2015

In the post-Baby Gammy world, little seems to have happened in Australia. Except some tinkering in South Australia, surrogacy regulation remains unchanged throughout the country. A brief summary of the differences is set out, as well as a call for national laws to bring some sanity to the process. Calls by Chief Justice Bryant and Chief Judge Pascoe for changes to remove the bans on overseas surrogacy, and consider allowing commercial surrogacy in Australia have gone unheeded to date.
"Transfer of Farming Land Exemption"

Monday August 3, 2015

In Western Australia, there is duty exemption that is potentially available in respect of certain transfers of farming property between “family members”. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of how the provisions work and the implication of the recent decision in West and the Commissioner of State Revenue [2015] WASAT 36 (West).
"Recent Issues Surrounding Court Fees in Family Law matters"

Monday August 3, 2015

There has been much comment and debate in recent weeks regarding the increase in fees payable upon filing family law documents in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia.
"What is the purpose of the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Amendment Act? "

Monday August 3, 2015

What is the purpose of the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Amendment Act? The Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Amendment Act 2015 (Cth) ("BEED Amending Act") commences on 1 July 2015. It is expected to bring about savings by reducing the regulatory burden on businesses.
"Do you deal with small businesses? If so, changes to unfair contract provisions may impact you!"

Monday August 3, 2015

The Australian Consumer Law (under the Competition and Consumer Act (ACL) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act (ASIC Act) deal with the provisions of unfair terms in ‘standard form’ ‘consumer contracts’ across a range of industries including telecommunications, utilities, travel, domestic building, motor vehicle and finance.
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