Corrs In Brief

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

FWC Full Bench clarifies limits on dispute settlement powers under enterprise agreements

31 October 2017

A Full Bench of the FWC has provided clear authority on parties’ obligations to comply with preliminary dispute settlement steps under an enterprise agreement in The Australian Workers’ Union v MC Labour Services Pty Ltd [2017].

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Belcarra legislation to make major changes to conflict of interest rules for Queensland local councillors

30 October 2017

Proposed legislation implementing recommendations of the Crime and Corruption Commission’s ‘Operation Belcarra’ report would result in major changes to the conflict of interest rules governing Queensland’s local government councillors.

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Industrial manslaughter now a crime in Queensland

26 October 2017

The Queensland Parliament has passed the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (Qld), which introduced new industrial manslaughter laws and other amendments to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld).

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Credit betting set to come to an end for online bookmakers

19 October 2017

Prohibitions to credit betting coming into force in early 2018 mean that online corporate bookmakers are set to continue to be impacted by amendments to the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (Cth) well into next year.

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‘Heroic’ or just plain risky? Twitter’s approach to proceedings backfires

12 October 2017

A recent Supreme Court of New South Wales case involving Twitter is a timely reminder for any online platforms that may publish confidential information.

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Developers beware! Planning and Environment Court takes strict view of building work approval consent requirements

10 October 2017

A recent decision of the Queensland Planning and Environment Court provides a warning to developers about the need to obtain consent from easement and covenant holders for some building development approvals.

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Has new NSW insurance legislation created more problems than it has solved for claimants, creditors and insolvency practitioners?

9 October 2017

The NSW Parliament has introduced new insurance legislation designed to clarify the rights of claimants to proceed directly against insurance companies. But in the context of insolvent corporations, has it created more problems than it has solved?

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Reviewing coal seam gas compensation due to a “material change in circumstances”

6 October 2017

For the first time, the Land Court has reviewed the compensation agreed under a Conduct and Compensation Agreement for coal seam gas activities due to an alleged “material change in circumstances”.

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Full Federal Court hands down appeal decision in Timber Creek native title case

4 October 2017

On 20 July 2017, the Full Court of the Federal Court gave judgment in the case Northern Territory of Australia v Griffiths [2017] FCAFC 106, considering compensation for the extinguishment or impairment of native title.

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Compensation for Extinguishment or Impairment of Native Title: The Federal Court Timber Creek Decision 24 August 2016

4 October 2017

Since the commencement of the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1994, the principles of assessing compensation for the impairment and extinguishment of native title have not been thoroughly considered by the Federal Court – until now.

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