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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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Mumbowran: Aboriginals and Early Law in Victoria

~ Mumbowran ~ This is a riveting tale of Aboriginal strength alongside bureaucratic neglect. It comprises contemporaneous newspaper accounts published in the Geelong Advertiser[1]  about this time of year in 1841, describing the fate of a wonderful Aboriginal known as […]

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Surrogacy: Caution against backyard arrangements

SURROGACY: CAUTION AGAINST BACKYARD ARRANGEMENTS A very recent UK case[1] stands as a cautionary tale of the serious legal and practical difficulties which  can arise where couples enter into informal surrogacy arrangements, often in the absence of counselling or any […]

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Abbott Government and the Environment – First 100 Days

In-House Memorandum ~ The First 100 Days – Abbott Government Since taking office last year, the Abbott Government has brought about significant changes to environmental law. This paper considers the four main proposed changes over the government’s first 100 days […]

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New Water Law Bill For Victoria

In-House Memorandum ~ New Water Bill for Victoria Water is a vital resource. The Victorian Government is currently preparing new legislation for the management and use of water.   Management and use of water in Victoria is currently governed by […]

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Women and Torts Law

In-House Memorandum ~ Women and Torts Law Broadly speaking, a tort is a form of injury or wrong. Its meaning stems from the Old French word ‘tort’ meaning a ‘wrong’, ‘injustice’ or ‘crime’[1]. In common law systems, a tort is […]

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Future of Law

In-House Memorandum ~ Future of Law   Law is often seen as an old warhorse. Its wigs, gowns, heritage buildings, bowing and courtesies can give the impression that the law is an expensive, old-fashioned and archaic procedure. Other stereotypes see […]

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND REGULATION

RMIT University recently selected Leonie Kelleher’s PhD to highlight some of its important recent research. Listen out for ABC Radio’s Speak Out program Sunday 9:30pm in coming weeks. Dr Kelleher’s PhD findings were also the subject of a Koori Mail […]

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IS TOWN PLANNING FEELING THE HEAT?

In-House Memo (Factual Information) Stranded on Heat Island?   As Victoria experiences record high and heatwave temperatures, we are all feeling a bit hot under the collar. But have you considered how town planning in your area may be affecting […]

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DEADLINE: PERSONAL PROPERTY AND SECURITY REGISTRATION

In-House Memo (Factual Information) DEADLINE – Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR)   The transitional deadline for registration of transitional security interests (TSIs) is fast approaching. Register before the end of 31 January 2014.   The PPSR commenced on 30 January […]

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