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  • ​Farmers affected by water rights changes in the Mackay Region

    14-Oct-2016

    Farmers affected by water rights changes in the Mackay Region Water… humans and animals cannot live without it; you certainly cannot grow crops without it; in fact, some University professors predict that World War III will be fought between countries over it! We are not qui..

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  • Labour hire businesses, be aware of this ruling!

    14-Oct-2016

    Labour hire businesses face a dilemma when the relationship between the labour hire business’s worker and host employer breaks down to the extent that the host employer demands that the worker is removed from site, or even revokes the permission for that worker to attend at the site. In the ..

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  • Foreign Resident – Capital Gains withholding framework

    19-Sep-2016

    Australia’s foreign resident capital gains withholding regime came into effect as a response to the increased pressures of low tax compliance of foreign residents. The new framework applies to buyers of specific Australian property sold by foreign resident sellers. The withholding regime app..

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  • Will your contracts meet the new unfair contract laws?

    11-Sep-2016

    In just over 8 weeks, amendments to the Australian Consumer Law will take affect and will open the field for certain contractual terms to be challenged by parties negatively affected by standard form contracts or if a party to the contract is a small business. What contracts does this apply..

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  • Want To Use Your Super To Buy Your Cane Farm?

    06-Sep-2016

    Want To Use Your Super To Buy Your Cane Farm? Did you know that it may be possible for your superannuation to be used to purchase a cane farm well before retirement age? However, using a Self Managed Superannuation Fund (“SMSF”) to purchase farm land can be complex and it may not b..

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  • Before starting a partnership – read this!

    24-Aug-2016

    Going into partnership can be an exciting time! Before you or your clients rush in, here are a few essential questions to ask yourself. 1. Do you have the right structure? People often loosely use the word “partnership” but, as you may know, there are various structures available to people..

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  • Vicarious Liability is now too expensive to ignore

    10-Aug-2016

    Ever since the Richardson decision (a decision of Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia) the cost to businesses for vicarious liability for acts by their employees of discrimination, sexual harassment or harassment and bullying can no longer be treated lightly. Until now, the minimal dama..

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  • CPI at record low – Impacting on Landlords’ rental income

    28-Jul-2016

    Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, we are all interested and impacted by rental increases – it just depends on your perspective. Most non-residential leases (e.g. leases of retail shops, industrial sheds and office buildings) have a mechanism to review the rent each year during the term..

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  • Swearing in the workplace: is it acceptable by law?

    27-Jul-2016

    Standards of behavior expected of employees can be a difficult thing to navigate, particularly behavior that leads to termination of employment. Whether words are said in a moment of frustration, to add emphasis to a message, or over a series of events, one thing is clear from recent Fair Work d..

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  • Notional Property - Added Back

    27-Jun-2016

    In the difficult times which follow a matrimonial or de facto separation, many people are heard to have asked the question: "I have just separated - would it be a good idea for me to sell the boat and spend the proceeds?", or "I'm thinking of taking $30,000 from our savings account and going on ..

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  • How the election affects employers – Liberal or Labor

    04-Jun-2016

    We are all waiting to see who actually wins this election. While we wait, employers can look at what the world might hold for them on the workplace relations front under each party. Labor Government If the Labor Party manages to form Government, the affect on employers will probably lar..

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  • The breakdown of marriage... common tax traps

    19-Aug-2015

    Picture this - your client has finally started to get his life back on track after a nasty property dispute with his former wife. An audit by the ATO uncovers the transactions made pursuant to the Family Court Order trigger significant tax consequences for the client. He was not advised of the p..

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