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  • Fire Affected Farmers Eligible for Assistance


    The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (“DAF”) and Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (“QRIDA”) have announced assistance packages for those Primary Producers affected from the recent fires that occurred between 30 November to 6 December in our region. These Primary Pr..

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  • The copyright percentage rule


    There is a common, and potentially very costly, misconception that changing a copyright protected work by 10% (or any other percentage for that matter) or only reproducing a smaller proportion of a protected work will mean that one can avoid liability for copyright infringement. This i..

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  • New Security of Payment provisions finally to come into effect – but next stage of Project Bank Accounts pushed back


    The Queensland government has announced that the Security of Payment provisions of the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act (BIFA) will commence on 17 December 2018. This will mean significant change for those in the building and construction industry. A..

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  • “It’s okay, you won’t need a licence….”; another contractor falls afoul of the QBCC licensing regime


    The licensing regime erected by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991 (Qld) (QBCC Act) is, to quote Churchill “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”. That said, if you want to be involved in the construction industry in Queensland, it is a riddle which you need..

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  • Beware: the negative online review!


    A recent dispute between a building certifier and his client has landed in the District Court after the client posted allegedly defamatory comments on Yelp, True Local and a number of other public business review sites. The building certifier sought damages in the sum of $150,000 a..

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  • Surcharges under the ACCC microscope


    The recent action taken by Australia’s consumer watchdog, the ACCC, against Europcar is a reminder for all business owners to ensure they are not charging “unreasonable” credit card surcharges. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has started proceedings in the Federal..

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  • Changes to casual employment status under Fair Work Act


    A recent Full Federal Court decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Skene [2018] FCAFC 131 will have a significant impact on casual employment. The Court decided that a worker who was supplied through a labour hire company as a casual truck driver to a mine in Queensland was not in fact a casual emplo..

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  • Combustible cladding reforms put onus of audit on private owners


    Owners of private and local government buildings in the Mackay region must meet new state-wide obligations to undertake a mandatory three stage process to identify if a building has ‘combustible cladding’. Under the new process, if a building is found to have combustible cladding, owners mus..

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  • When can I record a conversation?


    The general position is that it is legal for a person involved in a conversation to record that conversation, irrelevant of whether that conversation is face-to-face, via telephone, or via electronic means. The other party to the conversation does not need to know that they are being record..

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  • Should you have a lawyer if you have been charged or are at risk of being charged with a criminal offence?


    The short answer is yes. We strongly recommend that if you are contacted by the Police Service that you speak with a lawyer before answering any questions. If you are approached by a police officer in a public setting, you are only required to provide them with your name and current add..

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  • Succession Planning: Part Four – Becoming partners on the family farm


    Last month we discussed the vendor financing option for those farmers transferring their farms onto their children and allowing their children to pay off the price over time. If a straight up sale doesn’t suit your family, another option is to have the younger generation gradually buy-in an..

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  • A trade mark is not a business name, a company name or a domain name


    A common misconception is that a trade mark is the same thing as a business name, company name or domain name. It’s not. Business, company and domain names, and trademarks are four distinct identifiers that serve different purposes in the marketplace and registration of them accords mar..

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