Corrs In Brief

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

Stage two of the NSW Integrated Mining Policy released for public comment

10 August 2015

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has released the second stage of the proposed Integrated Mining Policy for public comment.

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The power of architect plan copyright

10 August 2015

Architects, designers and others will be interested in the recent case Coles v Dormer and Ors [2015] QSC 224.

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Although the Productivity Commission draft report endorses Australia’s workplace relations system it recommends major reforms

7 August 2015

The Report recommends changes which will be very welcome to employers and assist in improving Australia’s capacity to deliver major infrastructure projects.

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Challenging excessive costs - Local governments and enforcement costs

6 August 2015

In Warner v Isaac Regional Council, the District Court of Queensland has given a timely reminder to local governments that they cannot simply charge whatever amount they wish when taking steps for enforcement.

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Senate inquiry into wind farms releases final report

5 August 2015

The Senate Select Committee on Wind Farms has released its final report which makes a number of key recommendations regarding the regulation of the wind energy industry in Australia.

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Managing uncertainty: Update on proposed changes to paid parental leave

5 August 2015

The Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2015 sheds some light on proposed PPL changes, but considerable uncertainty remains as the Bill may not be passed by Federal Parliament.

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Full Federal Court finds ‘facilitating’ is not the same as ‘obtaining’ other acceptable employment for redundant employees

4 August 2015

The Full Federal Court has held employer efforts that result in something less than an alternative offer of employment will not provide a basis for a reduction in redundancy pay under the National Employment Standards.

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Regulation of drones in Australia - A balancing act

31 July 2015

The new Australian drone regulations being prepared by CASA will need to strike a balance between protecting the rights of individuals without overly restricting the innovative services and opportunities that drone technology promises.

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ASIC rattles a long hidden sabre by issuing a warning that it will seek recovery of expenses associated with its investigations

30 July 2015

ASIC released an information sheet on 29 July 2015 alerting relevant stakeholders of its intention to utilise its pre-existing powers under section 91 of the ASIC Act to seek recovery of its investigation costs and expenses.

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Court rejects class action applicant’s preliminary discovery request and is critical of solicitor’s book-building process to recruit group members

28 July 2015

The Court has again been called on to review the tactics of class action promoters, in this case in relation to a proposed securities class action against Iluka Resources Limited following a fall in its share price after a profit downgrade

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