Do you purge your contempt?

By Danny Bycroft • In Dispute Resolution, Law, LitigationComments Off on Do you purge your contempt?

The Supreme Court of Victoria has recently served notices to appear on Commonwealth Government Health Minister Greg Hunt, Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar and Human Services Minister Alan Tudge. The Ministers have been asked to appear before the Court to “make any submissions as to why they should not be referred

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The Dangers of Self-Representation

By Danny Bycroft • In LitigationComments Off on The Dangers of Self-Representation

One of the pillars of the Australian legal system is that, as an essential part of our everyday lives, it must be accessible to everyone. The advantages of self-representing in legal proceedings include having control over your matter and the cost effectiveness of appearing in Court without paying legal fees. 

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What is privacy in 2016?

By Danny Bycroft • In Intellectual Property, LitigationComments Off on What is privacy in 2016?

On 28 September 2016, in response to the claim by a group of Melbourne academics that they were able re-identify who certain medical information belonged to on the Australian Government website data.gov.au, Attorney-General George Brandis announced tough new amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (“the Act”) which will make

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Insolvency Practitioners await HCA decision on priority of payments to ATO

By Danny Bycroft • In Insolvency LawComments Off on Insolvency Practitioners await HCA decision on priority of payments to ATO

On 21 February 2014, Justice Logan in the Federal Court of Australia handed down his decision in Australian Building Systems Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2014] FCA 116 (“ABS”). The decision related to the obligations of liquidators under section 254 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) (“ITAA”) to retain sufficient

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Queensland Government Rolls Out Further Improvements to QBCC

By Danny Bycroft • In Commercial LawComments Off on Queensland Government Rolls Out Further Improvements to QBCC

In 2013 the Queensland parliament voted overwhelmingly to dismantle the controversial Queensland Building Services Authority (BSA) and replace it with a new all-encompassing regulatory body – the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). The introduction of this new regulatory commission was effected through the Queensland Building and Construction Commission and

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Proposed Divorce Fee Increase on the Rocks

By Danny Bycroft • In Family LawComments Off on Proposed Divorce Fee Increase on the Rocks

The decision of the United States Supreme Court to allow same sex couples the constitutional right to marry has continued to be a talking point in Australia this week. At the other end of the spectrum, however, according to the Australian Institute of Family Studies, about 40% of marriages on

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“No regrets” For Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey After Defamation Case

By Danny Bycroft • In Dispute Resolution, LitigationComments Off on “No regrets” For Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey After Defamation Case

Justice White of the Federal Court of Australia handed down his decision in the long running Hockey v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd (No 2) matter last week. The decision was a mixed bag for Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey with Justice White disagreeing that a series of articles published in The

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Illegal workers targeted

By Danny Bycroft • In Migration LawComments Off on Illegal workers targeted

On Wednesday 29 April 2015, a joint team of 50 officers from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and the Queensland Police Service descended on a Redcliffe construction site. The morning raid apprehended 14 Chinese and 4 Malaysian construction workers allegedly

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