(01.04.2016) Beware of CGT Law Change: Withholding Regime to Apply from 1 July 2016

The Federal Parliament has passed laws which introduce a capital gains withholding regime for contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2016.

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(16.02.2016) GM Contamination Case: Farmer refused Leave to Appeal

Steve Marsh operated an organically certified farm. The farm lost its certification after it was contaminated with genetically modified canola seeds which blew onto it from a neighbouring property. Mr Marsh’s legal battle against his neighbour, Michael Baxter, has now finally come to an end after the High Court of Australia refused his application for leave to appeal against a decision of the Western Australian Supreme Court.
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(23.12.2015) Residential Property Contracts: What effect do the holidays have?

Under the standard terms of the “REIQ Contract for Houses and Residential Land”, “business day” is defined to mean a day, other than a Saturday, Sunday, public holiday, or a day in the period between 27 to 31 December (inclusive).

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(22.12.2015) Christmas Closure Information

The Team at Darling Downs Conveyancing wish you a safe and happy Christmas & New Year.

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(27.10.2015) Increased Red Tape? The Retail Shop Leases Bill

The Queensland Government has introduced the Retail Shop Lease Bill (the Bill) into Parliament which proposes changes to the Retail Shop Leases Act (the Act).

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(23.10.2015) Days Numbered for ACNs & TFNs?

The Department of the Treasury has released a draft bill which proposes reducing the number of “business identifiers” utilised at the Commonwealth level.

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Grantham Floods

(13.10.2015) Commission of Inquiry: Grantham Quarry Not to Blame

The Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry presented its report to the Queensland Premier on 8 October 2015. Walter Sofronoff QC, the Commissioner appointed to oversee the Inquiry, concluded that Grantham Quarry, owned and operated by Wagner Investments Pty Ltd, did not cause or materially contribute to the flood waters which swept through the town of Grantham on 10 January 2011.

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(14.09.2015) $4 Billion Farming Investment: Government White Paper

Since being published in July 2015, we have received mixed feedback from our farming clients about the proposals outlined in the Australian Government’s “Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper”.

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(08.09.2015) Community Involvement – Salvation Army Wills Day

In August 2015, Groom & Lavers' very own Amelia Coman, attended the Salvation Army's "Wills Day" at their precinct located at the corner of Russell and West Streets, Toowoomba.

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(24.08.2015) Court finds Copyright Infringement: House Plans

The owners and builders of a house have been Ordered by the Supreme Court of Queensland to undertake significant modifications to it after its design was found to infringe copyright in the plans of a substantially identical house.

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(24.08.2015) Rodents but no Relief: Claim for Tenancy Compensation rejected by QCAT

The Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal (“QCAT”) dismissed an application for compensation brought by tenants who claimed that the owner and agent of a residential property forced them to live in “generally unsafe and unhygienic conditions”.

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(21.08.2015) Pitfalls: Precontract Representations

In a recent decision of the District Court, a Buyer  of  a  unit  on  the Gold Coast was successful in avoiding the purchase as a result of representations that were made by a Real Estate Agent prior to entering into the Contract.

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Neighbourhood Dispute

(11.08.2015) Man vs. Wild: The Act, Albizia, and Neighbour with Allergies

Mr Watson & Ms Harloe were neighbours with Mr & Mrs Leonardi. On 24 June 2015 the Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal (“QCAT”) made an Order that Mr & Mrs Leonardi remove a tree from their land as it was causing Ms Harloe serious harm. The Order was, in effect, a “destruction Order”.

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(14.07.2015) Unconscionable Conduct: Loan of $840K to Disability Pensioners

In Perpetual Trustees Victoria Ltd v Burns the Court was not at all convinced by the plaintiff lender’s submissions that it did not act unconscionably in loaning hundreds of thousands of dollars to a couple by way of 6 “low doc home loans”.

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