Obtaining approval before allowing children to travel

LAST week, we mentioned that where parents cannot agree, a judge will give consideration to allowing or preventing children to travel overseas. Upon considering any application seeking an order preventing or allowing children to travel, the judge will give consideration to the purpose for the children travelling overseas. If the travel is for a relatively short period and for the … Read More

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Sounding the horn on rules of the road

IT IS a common occurrence – sounding the horn in a motor vehicle when you arrive at or leave someone’s house. Did you ever stop to think about whether or not you may be breaking the law by engaging in this (seemingly) socially accepted practice? Queensland’s road rules are set out in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road … Read More

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Managing risks of hazardous chemicals

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (“Act”) sets out some key duties and includes addressing risks of injury, illness or death caused by hazardous chemicals. Many work places are home to hazardous chemicals. In the past year I know of at least two incidents involving injuries caused by exposure to chemicals in a work place that resulted in the … Read More

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Comply with VOI or risk penalty

THERE were changes to the Land Title Act 1994 (“LTA”) and Land Act 1994 (“LA”) recently increasing verification of identity (“VOI”) requirements for the witnessing of signatures on instruments and documents. The changes came into effect on September 30, 2019. The specific witnessing requirements are in section 162 of the LTA and 311 of the LA, including VOI records now … Read More

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Private conversations and who may record them

CAN you record a private conversation? Interestingly, whether or not it is illegal to record a private conversation depends on the legislation governing that topic. The legislation is different in each state and territory. Here in Queensland the relevant legislation is called the Invasion of Privacy Act 1971 (“Act”). The Act tells us that, if you are party to a … Read More

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Glimpse into our future

Latest impressions of CBD redevelopment. IPSWICH residents have been given a fresh perspective on the CBD redevelopment with the release of new drawings of the Nicholas St precinct. Newly released drawings of the Nicholas St precinct development give a fresh perspective on how the area will look and feel once finished. The drawings illustrate the development from street level. Last … Read More

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Cancellation of superannuation fund insurances

IN CERTAIN circumstances your employer must contribute to your superannuation. Whether you are currently employed, previously employed or soon to be employed, you need to understand superannuation and what fund or funds you have. Some people have multiple funds due to, for example, changes in employer and electing a new employer’s default fund. The Federal Government announced regulatory reforms in … Read More

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Social media as evidence in litigation

OVER the past couple of weeks, I have been talking about the relevance of social media posts in the context of family law disputes, in particular, Facebook posts that can be used as evidence. However, this type of evidence is not just relevant to family law disputes and it is being used in a wide variety of legal matters. The … Read More

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Let’s talk about quad bike safety

QUAD bike safety is an important topic. This is particularly so in our community where there are farms and rural workplaces that often use quad bikes. The reality is that quad bikes are a major risk area for serious injury or death. Safe Work Australia compiles the data relating to quad bike fatalities. In the eight years from 2011 to … Read More

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New cladding laws for private building owners

I WOULD be surprised if combustible cladding is a term you have never heard. The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 was a catalyst for the increased media focus on cladding, but it certainly was not the first event of its kind. Part 4A of Queensland’s Building Regulation 2006 was introduced by the Building and Other Legislation Cladding … Read More

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