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Surrogacy – Child Identity and Secrecy

In-House Memorandum ~ Child Identity and Secrecy Rights of the Child have been recognised internationally and occupy a central place in Australian law[1]. Integral to these rights is a child’s right to preserve his or her identity, a right which […]

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Water – Surface and Groundwater Allocation

In-House Memorandum ~ Ministerial Discretion in Surface and Groundwater Allocation Groundwater is an invaluable environmental resource being both an integral part of Victorian agriculture and increasingly a source for domestic use. Obviously, surface water is critical to all life in […]

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Planning – Views from Public Areas

In-House Memorandum ~ Private Views and Public Planning A beautiful view over a charming landscape is something that will always be highly valued. VCAT has frequently found that there is no right to a view. Even legal excursions through nuisance […]

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International Surrogacy – Checklist

Recent ABC radio and television coverage of international surrogacy again highlights serious legal and emotional issues. Kellehers Australia Surrogacy Checklist can help. To access Kellehers Australia Surrogacy Checklist click here.

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Local Government – Judicial Review of Administrative Actions

In-House Memorandum ~ Judicial review of administrative actions In several recent cases, we have found that reasons provided by administrative decision makers were insufficient or non-existent.  In one case, a rural Council’s reasons for a decision affecting a landowner’s interests […]

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Planning – How Close is Too Close?

In-House Memorandum ~ Proximity of Development A recent VCAT case, Golden Seven Star v Port Phillip[1], involved a unique argument that positioned ‘proximity’ as a key element of ‘social effects’. Social effects are now mandatory for consideration on any planning […]

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Environment – Abbott’s Green Tape

In-House Memorandum ~ Reducing Green Tape The Federal Government plans to engage in a consultative process with business, the not-for-profit sector and the community in an audit of environmental legislation. It seeks to identify “unworkable, contradictory or incompatible ‘green tape’”[1]. […]

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Water – Liability of Public Authorities

In-House Memorandum ~ Water Bill – Liability Provisions  The Water Bill Exposure Draft contains interesting and important codification of the liability of public authorities (Chapter 11).  The Bill considers liabilities arising from taking or using water (s669) and those arising […]

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Human Rights At VCAT

In-House Memorandum Public Authorities and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006  The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) (‘the Charter’) contains important provisions affecting all public authorities. The Charter applies to public authorities, […]

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Australian Government & the Environment

In-House Memorandum Australian Governments and the Environment  This month we focus again on important Government administrative and regulatory changes with respect to the environment. We look at both Victorian and Federal levels. VICTORIA Victorian Environment Commissioner Prominent and highly respected […]

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