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Deliberately lit fires: Arson is a criminal offence

LATELY, Queensland has been subjected to a number of bush fires which has put all our firefighters under substantial strain. While some of these bushfires have started from natural causes, some of these fires have been deliberately lit. Under section 461 of the Criminal Code, arson is when any person wilfully or unlawfully sets fire to any building, structure, motor … Read More

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Overseas assets and travel highlight the need for an Enduring power of attorney

EVERY adult should have a current enduring power of attorney. Most do not and while older people are now making powers of attorney, we are obviously all prone to accidents, illness or injury regardless of our age. The situation becomes more complicated if people have assets in different countries or live or spend significant time in more than one country. … Read More

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Consider overseas assets when making a Will

PEOPLE usually understand the importance of having a Will although statistics say that most Australians don’t have one. If you don’t have a Will then the finalisation of your estate and affairs will inevitably be more expensive, complicated and uncertain. The issue becomes even greater when people have overseas assets. There is an increasing number of Australians who have family, … Read More

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Posting revenge images on social media is an offence

THE Criminal Code (Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Amendment Act 2019 makes it an offence for a person to “distribute, or threaten to distribute, an intimate image or prohibited visual recording”. Intimate image has a wide definition and is set out in s207A of the above Act. An “intimate image also includes an image that has been altered or photo-shopped … Read More

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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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