Corrs In Brief

Corrs In Brief offers the latest updates on legal issues and developments, focusing on their impact to your business and industry.

Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper

22 January 2014

On 20 December 2013, the Australian Government released the Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper, inviting public comment and written submissions until 21 February 2014.

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Expanded categories of exempt and complying development

20 January 2014

More development in NSW is to be code assessed or exempt from requiring approval, as the categories of exempt and complying development have been expanded through amendments to the State Environmental Planning Policy.

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CSG explorer convicted and fined: The first prosecution for breaches of conditions of an exploration licence

16 January 2014

On 10 January 2014, the NSW Land and Environment Court convicted Santos NSW Pty Ltdof four offences for failing, without reasonable excuse, to comply with conditions of its petroleum exploration licence.

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Coalition Government to unwind parts of the Future of Financial Advice Regime

20 December 2013

The much anticipated proposals to unwind parts of the Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) legislative regime have been announced by the Coalition Government.

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High Court reinstates $2 million penalty against TPG

18 December 2013

The High Court’s decision against TPG reinforces that businesses must take great care when using a “dominant message” advertising strategy, or risk being subject to significant penalties.

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Consultation with employees - Why, what and when?

13 December 2013

The obligation on employers to consult with employees arises in a number of contexts. It is an obligation that often doesn’t get the focus that it requires.

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Licensed to build: Important changes to licensing under the QBSA Act

11 December 2013

Recent changes to construction licensing requirements in Queensland should provide welcome relief from the unintended regulatory complications caused by section 42 of the Queensland Building Services Authority Act.

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Manning v Bathurst Regional Council (No 2) [2013] NSWLEC 186: A consideration of Wednesbury unreasonableness in the context of notification requirements

11 December 2013

The Court has been asked to consider whether the decision by a consent authority not to notify an adjoining land owner of two development applications was ‘manifestly unreasonable’.

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Corrs tax newsletter: December edition

9 December 2013

In this edition, we summarise the Government’s response to 96 unlegislated tax changes, consider the conditions necessary to satisfy the “public offer” withholding tax exemption and examine the recent Federal Court deductibility of outgoings case.

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CSG update: Special areas zone, exclusion zones, Gateway Assessment Panel and one-stop shop for environmental approvals

9 December 2013

Over the past two months, the NSW Government has introduced a raft of changes that affect the development of the coal seam gas industry in the State.

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