Publications

Corrs produce a range of publications to keep you informed on legal developments that may affect your business, industry and environment. Our lawyers are dedicated to sharing their breadth of knowledge and draw from diverse experiences to deliver content that is timely and targeted.

It’s that time of year again - A pre-budget reminder of the legal risks for setting differential and special rates

3 June 2015

As the end of the financial year approaches, local governments are busy finalising their 2015/16 budgets, including determining rates and charges. A key area of risk for local governments is the levying of differential and special rates.

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Short circuit - Scope of Schedule 3 shifts decisively in favour of carriers

3 June 2015

The recent decision in NBN Co Limited v Pipe Networks Pty Limited provides a precedent that carriers can plug their equipment into a third party’s electricity supply and draw power belonging to that third party without their consent.

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What has the Council considered? A contrast of two recent cases

2 June 2015

To what extent will an error in a report or briefing note invalidate the decision of a local government or its delegate? Two recent decisions of the Queensland Planning and Environment Court provide a useful contrast and practical lessons.

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The “World Cup of Fraud”: A reminder of the long reach of the US law

1 June 2015

Recent events at the FIFA conference demonstrate that US authorities will monitor conduct by non-US citizens and enforce breaches of US laws even where they occur overseas, so long as there is some connection to the US.

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Queensland Supreme Court considers the relationship between a disputed debt and a company’s solvency pursuant to section 459S of the Corporations Act 2001

29 May 2015

Re Bulwinkel Enterprises Pty Ltd [2015] QSC 112 confirms that a court will consider the validity of a disputed debt in connection with a company’s solvency where the company is put to proof of solvency in winding up proceedings.

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Competition Review: May 2015/1

29 May 2015

This issue includes the Court’s decision against Spreets for misleading consumers about deals offered on its group buying website, the ACCC’s second quarterly petrol report and Rod Sims’ address to the CEDA about the Harper Review.

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Planning reform - Here we go again

27 May 2015

Reform of the Queensland planning system has been announced by the Palaszczuk government, which released its directions paper entitled ‘Better Planning for Queensland: Next Steps in Planning Reform’ on 25 May 2015.

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The Miles Review of the Cooperative Research Centres Programme - CRCs to stay, with a new, more targeted focus

26 May 2015

In September 2014 Mr David Miles AM was appointed by the Federal Government to review the CRC Programme. His report has now been released and all 18 of his recommendations will now be implemented by the Government.

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“Building Queensland” - The foundations have been laid

22 May 2015

The Queensland Government has taken a further step towards the establishment of a new independent statutory advisory body called Building Queensland.

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Contingent claims maturing after termination of DOCA extinguished

22 May 2015

Contingent claims maturing into a presently payable obligation after termination of a DOCA were held to be released under the DOCA in the decision of Australian Gypsum Industries Pty Ltd v Dalesun Holdings Pty Ltd [2015] WASCA 95.

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