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

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

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

Case Note – Solomon Woldeyohannes v Zion Church in Melbourne Australia Inc [2020]

In Solomon Woldeyohannes v Zion Church in Melbourne Australia Inc [2020] FWC 4194, a relationship breakdown occurred between the Zion Church in Melbourne (“the church”) and one of its pastors, Solomon Woldeyohannes (“the applicant”). As a result, a claim for unfair dismissal under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“the Act”) was made. On 11 … Read more

Interpreting Contracts: More Art Than Science?

In litigation, the primary role of a judge is to interpret legal texts. In fact, it is estimated that interpreting legal texts comprises 90% of their work. There are many rules that are applicable to the interpretation of contracts, including: Ejusdem generis: a rule for interpreting statutes and other writings by assuming that a general … Read more