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  • Amendments to the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act


    Recent amendments to the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) significantly affect indemnity clauses in service agreements. The amendment is especially important for contractors and labour hire businesses that use or supply labour into the mining and construction industries. ..

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  • New unfair contract laws … what they are and how they will affect you


    On 12 November 2016, new unfair contract laws come into force. They offer opportunities for contractors but also pose some risks. Contracts affected The new laws apply to certain ‘standard form contracts’ entered into on or after 12 November 2016. The laws also apply to any terms of exist..

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  • ​Don’t become the “Hunted” because of Pig Hunters!


    Don’t become the “Hunted” because of Pig Hunters! You only have to take a drive around Mackay to see the number of well equipped, off-road vehicles decked out with pig-hunting cages, to know that the sport is becoming increasingly popular. The problem is, there are a growing number..

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  • The top 3 traps of SMSF Borrowing


    Using your self-managed superannuation fund (“SMSF”) to invest in residential property is more popular than ever – but don’t sign that contract just yet! SMSF borrowing law is complex and can catch out even experienced investors. Here are the top 3 mistakes we have seen (and fixed!) for clients ..

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  • Why “off the shelf” employment contracts can leave you at risk


    Imagine paying an employee an annualised salary well above their award wage only to have the employee pursue a claim for unpaid award entitlements after they leave. You might think this will never happen to you because your employment contract expressly provides that all and any award allowa..

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


    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!


    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


    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?


    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?


    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!


    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


    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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