Legal representation in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission05 November 2018
The Industrial Relations Act 2016 (IR Act) commenced on 1 March 2017. Similar to the now repealed Industrial Relations Act 1999, the IR Act limits the circumstances where a party may be represented by a lawyer in proceedings before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (the QIRC).
Native Title – The question of compensation finally reaches the High Court 26 years after Mabo05 October 2018
The township of Timber Creek, half-way between Katherine and Kununarra in the Northern Territory, with a population of fewer than 300 people, has recently been the subject of the undivided attention of the Full Court of the High Court in a landmark native title case.
Take care to consider GST in settlement arrangements05 October 2018
It is possible that out of court settlements may involve a taxable supply for which GST is payable.
Aurizon Operations Limited and State of Queensland v Michael Vincent Baker Superannuation Pty Ltd03 October 2018
The recent Court of Appeal decision of Aurizon Operations Limited and State of Queensland v Michael Vincent Baker Superannuation Pty Ltd CA3654/17 is a timely reminder for departments to consider whether their infrastructure is causing a nuisance to adjoining land, particularly where the removal of that infrastructure would not compromise the use of the State’s land.
‘To have a child who he would never know’ – Consideration of the posthumous removal and use of sperm02 October 2018
In the recent decision of Re Cresswell  QSC 142, her Honour Justice Brown delivered the first Queensland judgment to consider the court’s jurisdiction to order a person’s entitlement to possess and use spermatozoa (sperm) removed from a deceased person.