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Changes to the Australian Citizenship Test

25.09.20

In a recent announcement the Acting Minister for Immigration has announced changes to the Australian Citizenship Test to come into effect 15 November 2020, requiring potential citizens to understand and commit to certain Australian values. Read More.

Defamation battle: an emoji is worth a thousand words

18.09.20

Burrows v Houda [2020] is a timely reminder to think before hitting post when making comments via social media. Even something as simple as an emoticon can have wide reaching imputations which gives rise to potential claims of defamation. Read More.

Insurance claim for incomplete construction work denied

11.09.20

Homeowners must take care when terminating residential building contracts if they want to make an insurance claim under the QBCC Act. Allen & Taylor v QBCC is an instance where an insurance claim for incomplete construction works was denied on the basis that the contract was unlawfully terminated. Read More.

New Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List: COVID-19 recovery plan

04.09.20

As COVID-19 continues to impact Australia, the Acting Minister for Immigration has announced that there are 17 occupations in a new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List. Health care, IT and construction sectors are high on the priority list. Read More.

Defamation case: Geoffrey Rush awarded historical amount in special damages

03.09.20

On 2 July 2020, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia awarded the largest sum in a defamation case regarding a single individual in Australian history. The monumental award of damages was proportionate to the emotional and reputational harm suffered by Geoffrey Rush. This was assessed based on the loss of employment opportunities in the film industry due to defamatory comments made by Nationwide News. Read More.

Property settlement

Property Settlement Entitlements: Is my spouse, or is my spouse not, entitled to an adjustment of my property interests, that is the question.

28.08.20

The recent case of Grady & Chilcott (2020) serves as a timely reminder that the circumstances of every relationship is different, and a longer relationship will not necessarily entitle someone to a share of their partner’s assets. Read More.

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Released from a contract: is COVID-19 an excuse?

28.08.20

Happy Lounge Pty Ltd v Choi & Lee Pty Ltd and Anor [2020] QDC 184 is an important decision highlighting the reluctance of the courts to recognise the COVID-19 pandemic as a valid ground for releasing parties from their contractual duties where awareness of its foreseeable effects can be established. Read More.

Agent commission denied: Difficulties with conjunction agreements

20.08.20

The recent District Court of Queensland case of Equity 2 Pty Ltd v Best Price Real Estate Pty Ltd [2020] QDC 180 highlights that a lack of understanding when it comes to contract terms could cost real estate agents their agent commission. Read More.

Freezing Order to Preserve Assets Denied: “Not Better Late than Never”

12.08.20

BluePoint Property Pty Ltd v Zuri Properties Pty Ltd is a timely reminder that applications for a freezing order must be made quickly and often without notice to the other side. Where a plaintiff delays applying for freezing order, the defendant can take irrevocable steps which will ultimately prevent their ability to satisfy any judgment they obtain. Read More.

Construction Contract Dispute: Knowledge equals liability

07.08.20

In Somerset Civil Pty Ltd v Sugarbag Road Pty Ltd the Court left open the possibility that a principal may be liable to pay their builder where it knows (or ought to have known) that the builder was unlicensed. This is despite unlicensed work being unlawful under the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991. Read More.

COVID-19: ARE YOU BOUND BY A FAMILY LAW PROPERTY SETTLEMENT BUT CAN’T COMPLY?

31.07.20

Due to COVID-19, many Australians are currently dealing with serious financial concerns and are now faced with the difficult situation of not being able to meet their financial obligations linked to their family law property settlement, spousal maintenance and child support payments. Read More.

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COVID-19: Update for Student Visa Holders

24.07.20

The Australian Government is currently looking to make a number of changes that will impact Student (subclass 500) Visa holders as a result of COVID-19. Read More.