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Social Housing

In-House Memorandum ~ Social Housing Social housing is a current concern within planning policy. Although the provision of affordable housing is linked at Commonwealth, State and local government levels, and in Victoria through the Housing Act 1983 (Vic), local government […]

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Ecological Vegetation Classes

In-House Memorandum ~ Ecological Vegetation Classes  “Thank God, men cannot yet fly, and lay waste to the sky as well as the earth!” – Thoreau[1] As Henry Thoreau [1817-1862] witnessed the gradual clearing of woods around his village in 1850s […]

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Minor Works in Victorian Planning

In-House Memorandum ~ Minor Works in Victorian Planning The Victorian planning regime provides that any change to the natural condition of land constitutes ‘works’ and may require a permit in certain circumstances. ‘Minor’ works are frequently exempted from core planning […]

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Baby Gammy

In-House Memorandum ~ Baby Gammy The story of baby Gammy captured public attention, tag4 highlighted the dangers of international commercial surrogacy and the complexity of legal, ethical and moral issues associated with them. Whilst the actual facts of the baby […]

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Section 32 Amendments

In-House Memorandum ~ Section 32 Amendments Each Saturday, young couples throughout Victoria inspect houses and apartments with the hope of securing a new home. Before a prospective Purchaser signs a contract, the Vendor must provide a signed document, required under […]

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Open Courts

In-House Memorandum ~ Open Courts Open justice is central to our legal system[1] but persons in danger, or highly vulnerable or traumatised individuals, may seek protection through orders to close the court or suppress name(s). This may occur, for example, […]

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Live Music Reforms The Agent of Change

In-House Memorandum ~ Live Music Reforms: The Agent of Change An important ‘Agent of Change’ principle is now taking shape in relation to live music in bars and pubs. The principle places the onus for remedial measures on the party […]

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Significant Social Effect – A Mandatory Planning Consideration

Kellehers Australia was recently involved in what we understand is the first VCAT ‘social effects’ decision since this became a mandatory consideration in planning applications. The decision was delivered last week in Rutherford & Ors v Hume CC (includes Summary) […]

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Commonwealth Submission – Threat Abatement Plan (Chytrid Fungus)

Kellehers Australia has become involved in growth area planning and, particularly, in issues concerning the Listed Endangered Species Litoria raniformis (Growling Grass Frog). The frog currently faces significant risk brought about by the Chytrid Fungus. It is said by DEPI […]

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International Surrogacy

In-House Memorandum ~ International Surrogacy The Family Court case of Fisher-Oakley v Kittur[1] earlier this year again raised grave concerns as to issues surrounding international surrogacy. The case concerned an application by a gay couple known as Mr X and […]

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