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Not Just Junk Inside This Trunk!

Last year the Queensland Government took steps to reform and improve Queensland’s local infrastructure framework. The amendments to the Sustainable Planning Act were intended to assist with clarity, equity and consistency. One of the key components to the amended legislation…

Hodges v Waters (No. 7)

On 27 March 2015, Justice Perram of the Federal Court of Australia (NSW) handed down his final judgment in this very protracted litigation matter.  The case considers various issues relevant to unitholders, trustees, auditors and trust advisors.  Facts The litigation…

Contractors vs Employees: A Trap for Employers

Many employers are still under the impression that calling their workers “contractors” and requiring them to have an ABN establishes their relationship as one of “principal and contractor”. Unfortunately, it is not what a worker is called which is determinative…

Workers’ Compensation Laws: Pre-Existing Injuries or Medical Conditions

The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislative Amendments Act 2013 (Qld) (“the Act”) made a number of significant changes to workers’ compensation that will benefit employers. Among other things, the Act provides that, if requested, a prospective employee must…