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'The focus on corruption in Australia continues: the Royal Commission into Trade Union'

Monday January 5, 2015

The spotlight on corruption in Australia has intensified recently, with a number of high profile investigations at both the State and Federal level. The issue of corruption in government and the political sphere has garnered widespread public attention, particularly following the resignation of the New South Wales Premier after hearings of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
'High Court decision: the implied term of trust and confidence in employment contracts is not part of Australian law'

Thursday October 30, 2014

On 10 September 2014 the High Court handed down its decision in Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Barker [2014] HCA 32. It unanimously ruled that the implied term of trust and confidence (Implied Term) is not part of Australian law and overruled theCommonwealth Bank of Australia v Barker [2013] FCAFC 83 decision (Federal Court Decision).
'High Court clarifies builders duty of care to developers and owners for economic loss'

Thursday October 30, 2014

Earlier this month, the High Court of Australia delivered its judgement, unanimously overturning the NSW Court of Appeal, in Brookfield Multiplex Ltd v Owners Corporation Strata Plan 61288 [2014] HCA 36. The High Court held that the builder of an apartment complex did not owe a common law duty of care to the Owners Corporation to avoid causing it economic loss resulting from latent defects in the building’s common property.
'Superannuation alert 29.10.14 '

Wednesday October 29, 2014

On 20 October 2014, ASIC announced the release of its Strategic Outlook for 2014-15 which sets out, among other things, ASIC's key challenges for 2014-2015 and its strategic priorities to respond to these challenges. On 22 October 2014, the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Repeal Day) Bill 2014 (Cth) was introduced in the House of Representatives and received its second reading speech.
'Retail rent reviews - restrictions on timing and basis in NSW, Queensland and Victoria'

Tuesday October 28, 2014

In brief – Timing and basis of rent reviews governed by statutes, not lease provisions One of the biggest causes of disputes between landlords and tenants is rent reviews, their frequency and the basis on which they are conducted. The law is similar in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, whether the shop is in a major shopping centre or retail strip or whether it is a stand-alone shop.
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