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Consumer Laws and Councils

8 Apr, 2011

From 1 January 2011 the provisions of various statutes dealing with consumer protection were consolidated into the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), which is contained in Schedule 2 to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (formerly the Trade Practices Act 1974)….

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Increased Protection For Whistleblowers

11 Mar, 2011

A broad range of amendments to the newly named Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 (Act) (previously the Protected Disclosures Act 1994) have been made which will broaden the scope of protection given to people wishing to make disclosures about conduct in…

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New Scheme For Levying Charges For Environmental Upgrades

16 Feb, 2011

Councils will soon have the option of participating in a scheme to encourage upgrades of existing commercial and large strata residential buildings which will improve the energy, water and environmental efficiency or sustainability of the buildings. The scheme will be…

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Scope Of Councils’ Rating Powers

16 Feb, 2011

Councils’ powers in respect of determining categories for rating purposes, and leyving differential rates across categories, have been described by the Court of Appeal as ‘essentially unconfined’. The Court of Appeal held last year that the rating scheme in the Local…

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Councils’ Powers To Fell Trees Overhanging Roads

16 Feb, 2011

The Land and Environment Court has confirmed that councils have power to remove or lop trees and other vegetation that are on or overhanging a public road if, in the council’s opinion it is necessary for the purpose of carrying out…

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