Monthly Archives: December 2013

State Government legislates to protect ‘secondary use tenures’ of reserve Crown land

Interests such as leases, licences and permits granted over reserve Crown land, referred to as ‘secondary use tenures’, have received legislative reinforcement following the commencement of the Crown Lands Amendment (Multiple Land Use) Act 2013 on 27 November 2013.  The Act, which amends … Continue reading

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High Court strikes down restrictions on political donations

On 18 December 2013, the High Court declared invalid two provisions of the NSW Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981 (EFED Act) seeking to limit the making of political donations and electoral communication expenditure. This raises the question of whether … Continue reading

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New Native Vegetation Regulation to reduce red tape?

The Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 commenced on 23 September 2013 repealing the Native Vegetation Regulation 2005 and amending the Native Vegetation Act 2003. The new Regulation has been described by the  Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) as the first step … Continue reading

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The Strata Revolution

On Friday 2 November 2013 the Minister for Fair Trading, Anthony Roberts, used his address to the Strata Community Australia Convention to outline the State Government’s foreshadowed changes to Strata Legislation.  Much is expected of the review following the State’s extensive consultation … Continue reading

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IPART Draft Report on Benchmarking Local Infrastructure Costs

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) published a draft report in November 2013 titled ‘Local Infrastructure Benchmark Costs’. The report responds to a request by the NSW Government for IPART to develop benchmark costs that will be used to inform … Continue reading

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