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Crossovers

In-House Memorandum ~ Crossovers Although a vehicle crossing (or ‘crossover’) is not specifically defined, it is described as “a bridge or crossing over any footpath or channel next to a road to enable a person using the road to have […]

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The Golden Sun Moth

In-House Memorandum ~ A Strategy for the Golden Sun Moth The Golden Sun Moth[1] is a rare and unique species, known for its distinctive clubbed antennae. It is found nowhere else in the world but in NSW, ACT and Victoria. […]

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Local Government – Delegation Powers

In-House Memorandum ~ Local Government Powers of Delegation  Government, officials and Ministers can delegate their powers, but must be careful not to overstep the mark. Delegation powers differ between local and state government and this memo broadly describes each different […]

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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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