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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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Taking your child overseas needs parental consent

THERE can often be an argument between parents as to whether a child or children should be allowed to travel overseas and the ability for parents to take a child overseas really depends upon the child having a valid passport. As both parents are required to sign the passport application for an Australian passport, the lack of a passport for … Read More

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Sprains and strains a pain for everyone

ACCORDING to WorkCover Queensland and Workplace Health and Safety, “sprains and strains account for more than 60 per cent of non-fatal workers’ compensation claims. “The two most common causes are hazardous manual tasks and slips, trips and falls at levels.” This clearly represents a significant portion of workplace injuries and an area that Workplace Health and Safety has identified as … 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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Title deeds only worth the paper they’re written on

CAN you believe September is almost over? October is sneaking up on us and there are some important changes happening in the Queensland Titles Office in October that you need to be aware of. Currently, there are approximately 11 per cent of titles in Queensland for which a paper certificate of title exists (also known as “title deeds”). Those certificates … Read More

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Do-it-yourself car maintenance on the safety radar

ON JUNE 21, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) issued a media release urging consumers to be more cautious when undertaking DIY maintenance on their vehicles. This was in response to statistics revealing that 120 people had been killed and many hundreds injured whilst maintaining their own vehicles since 2000. … Of the 120 people killed since 2000, the … Read More

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So you bought a lemon? What now?

DID you hear about the “lemon laws”? They were passed by the State Parliament in April 2019 in the form of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (“the Act”). The laws came into effect on September 1, 2019, and provide additional protections for consumers in relation to defects in second-hand motor vehicles. Several pieces … Read More

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