Overwhelming support for constitutionally enshrined indigenous voice

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The Uluru Statement from the Heart called for a constitutionally enshrined indigenous voice to parliament. In response, the federal government created a co-design process, which produced an interim report outlining what form this voice might take. A new report has found that 90% of the 2500 submissions received following

Buyer beware: What is a section 173 agreement?

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Your home might be your castle. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you can do whatever you want with your property.

There may be planning restrictions that set out conditions or restrictions on the use or development of your land. In Victoria, these restrictions are commonly known as a section 173

Witness K and the public interest. And should Australia adopt private sponsorship of refugees Canada style?

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Can revealing Australia’s security operations ever be in the public interest? A former spy, Witness K received a three-month suspended sentence for revealing the Australian government spied on the Timor Leste government during negotiations over oil and gas resources in the Timor Strait. And, since the 1970s, over 300,000

Vaccine passports and global snapshot of LGBTQI discrimination

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Some countries and states have introduced a Vaccine Passport, to allow more domestic and international movement and businesses to return. What are the technical and legal obstacles to a COVID-19 vaccine passport here in Australia? And in this Pride Month, while the LGBTQI community has a lot to celebrate

Who is responsible when external cladding fails in an apartment tower during a fire – Court of appeal?

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Further to my post about the fall out from the Lacrosse Tower fire in VCAT (see:  https://melbournepropertylaw.blogspot.com/2020/01/who-is-responsible-when-external.html), the Court of Appeal recently handed down its decision on the appeal from VCAT. 

In Tanah Merah Vic Pty Ltd v Owners’ Corporation No 1 of PS631436T [2021] VSCA 72, Beach, Osborn JJA and Stynes AJA

Are there any recent cases about a mortgagee's duty of good faith in selling secured property in pandemic times?

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The Supreme Court of Queensland (Holmes CJ) has recently considered the duty of a mortgagee in selling a secured property in uncertain economic times (ie during a pandemic). In HSBC Bank Australia Ltd v Wang & Ors [2021] QSC 58, the Court considered an application to remove a caveat lodged by

Porter v ABC and  AGL v Greenpeace

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Former Attorney General Christian Porter has discontinued his defamation litigation against the ABC. And power company AGL is taking Greenpeace to court arguing breach of trademark and copyright. AGL says the activist group should not have used its trademark in a series of parody advertisements that highlights its CO2