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BUDGET UPDATE: Home deposits as low as 2%? The proposed measure to support single mothers and parents

At present, the Australian housing market presents a major challenge for the Federal Government. There is a significantly high demand for acquiring housing and property, whilst very little supply is available. This is especially problematic for disadvantaged members of society, such as single parents (especially mothers) with children – balancing supporting a household by themselves, … Read more

BUDGET UPDATE: The 2021-22 Federal Budget – What it promises for the domestic and family violence sector and what to expect

On 11 May 2021, The Hon. Joshua Frydenberg (Federal Treasurer) delivered the 2021-22 Federal Budget. This Budget emphasized a significant focus on women’s safety and health, especially as it relates to domestic violence. This article addresses the expenditure for domestic and family violence victims. According to the Australian Government Institute of Health and Welfare, women … Read more

The Implementation and Expansion of Statutory Payments Trusts (Project Bank Accounts) in Queensland’s Construction Industry

The construction industry in Australia is renowned for its high business insolvency. Payment default is both a major cause and effect of this insolvency.[1] Reports and recommendations have touched on these issues over the years. The recommendations to come out of these reports have often been for the establishment of a statutory payments trusts scheme. … Read more

Life after Lockdown: Queensland Rental Rules to be Reinstated

At the height of coronavirus in 2020, the Queensland Government introduced the COVID-19 Emergency Response Regulation 2020 (Qld) – the goal to effect temporary changes to the operation of the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act[1]in order to provide greater residential and financial security to vulnerable tenants in a pandemic-stricken world. However, with society slowly … Read more

Memorandum on information privacy law

Information Privacy Law as a Current and Evolving Issue  Due to Facebook-Cambridge Analytica, Lloyd v Google LLC, and COVID-19-related contact tracing regimes imposed around the world giving rise to widespread collections and exchanges of data and personal information, the concerns around the role and operation of privacy law has been on an upslope.[1]   Organisations such as schools, businesses, restaurants, cafes, churches and their related entities must pay attention to how privacy … Read more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Leaving Leases and Resolving Lease Disputes

The COVID-19 pandemic came as an unexpected shock to the world. It has affected everyone in one way or another. One group heavily impacted by COVID-19 has been retail and residential tenants. In response to the effects of COVID-19 on retail and residential tenants in Queensland, the Government passed a moratorium. This moratorium dealt with the eviction of both retail and residential tenants (on the grounds of financial hardship suffered). … Read more

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE DEFAMATION ACT 2005 (QLD)

Defamation is commonly regarded as an imputation or assertion which would cause ordinary, reasonable members of society to think less of someone. It must be published and it must be untrue. Previously, to “publish” such an imputation or assertion required the physical printing and dissemination of a document but, with the wider reach and influence of online platforms, … Read more

UPDATE: Mandatory Reporting of Child Sexual Offences

The Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 Update: On 13 May 2021, the Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey proclaimed that these new provisions will commence from 5 July 2021. Ensure that your Child Protection Policy, strategy and procedures are up to date – contact one of our School Law … Read more

Borrowing Dulls the Edge of Friendships

Case Note: Richardson v Wagner [2021] QDC 24 In the immortal words of William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of Husbandry”[1]. Put simply – loans and relationships often do not mix well. This principle was clearly on display … Read more