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QBBC Insurance Recovery Reigns Supreme

If you perform building work which is covered by the QBCC’s statutory insurance scheme then you must take every opportunity to challenge decisions made by the QBCC which may result in a payment under that scheme.   Examples where payments…

Record $1 Million Fine for WHS Incident Provides a Free Lesson for Everyone

The District Court of NSW handed down a landmark fine on 5 May 2017, doubling the previous maximum penalty imposed in NSW. Judge Andrew Scotting fined construction company WGA Pty Ltd $1 million and ordered them to pay over $50,000…

Flicking the Switch on Trademarks Designed to Mislead and Exploit Reputation

To the untrained eye, a light switch may not seem like a distinctive object that you would give a second thought, however, the recent case of Clipsal Australia Pty Ltd v Clipso Electrical Pty Ltd (No 3) [201] FCA 60…

Smoke Alarm Laws Have Changed Again

The Queensland Government has changed the requirements for smoke alarms in residential dwellings (houses, townhouses and units). New legislation specifies new requirements regarding the type, positioning, and interconnectedness of alarms: Photoelectric alarms are becoming mandatory as they have been found…