Q&As

'HG Taxation Alert: The Lend Lease decision: what is the dutiable value of a transaction for stamp duty purposes?'

Tuesday January 13, 2015

In every dutiable transaction the question arises: what is the dutiable value of the transaction? In the latest decision on this issue by the High Court, the Court has applied the law in finding that Lend Lease was required to pay duty not only on the consideration payable by it on a transfer of land, but also the amounts payable by Lend Lease under various “development agreements” entered into at the same time.
'SMSF strategies for successful succession'

Tuesday January 13, 2015

Self Managed Super Funds (‘SMSF’) are becoming increasing popular in Australia. The Australian Taxation Office recently reported that there are in excess of 534,000 funds in existence as at June 2014. It is important for members of a SMSF to be aware of the various strategies available to plan for succession of funds upon the death of a member as part of the member’s overall estate plan. Proper succession planning reduces the time and cost associated with the death of a member, ensures smooth member transition, and helps to prevent unexpected consequences for the remaining members of the fund.
'Money paid into account pursuant to court order held not to give rise to a security interest under the PPSA'

Monday January 12, 2015

On 17 December 2014, the Victorian Court of Appeal handed down its decision in Dura (Australia) Constructions Pty Ltd v Hue Boutique Living Pty Ltd & Ors [2014] VSCA 326. One of the main issues in the case was whether an amount of $1M paid into an interest bearing account pursuant to court order gave rise to a security interest under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA).
'Closing the book on bullying orders'

Thursday January 8, 2015

The Fair Work Commission has revoked anti-bullying orders upon the application of a complainant employee (applicant) who advised that the orders had been effective, and were no longer required.
'Privacy protections extend to disclosures even where an individual is not named'

Monday January 5, 2015

A recent decision of the Appeals Panel of the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal has confirmed the broad reach of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) (PPIP Act), and the nature of personal information which it protects.1
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