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Much more is at stake in enabling the effective operation of security of payment laws in the building and construction industry than just preventing contractors becoming insolvent. Employees, taxation authorities, suppliers and lenders – all rely on receiving their due payments from contractors, so the flow-on effect of building industry insolvencies is far reaching. “More ...more
With millions of Australians participating in them, and with the associations themselves numbering in the hundreds of thousands, unincorporated associations truly are social entities. They variously include sports clubs, charities, cultural and arts and environmental organisations, and churches. “The vast majority of Australians participate in unincorporated associations,” says Matthew Turnour in “Should Australians Have a ...more
Increasingly, the system of private certification of buildings is being slated, by those with expertise and knowledge in the area, as one of the main factors accounting for the crisis in the residential building industry in NSW. Construction lawyer, Jessica Rippon, is forthright in identifying private certification as a contributing factor, in her article “Closing ...more
Over 40 million people are living and working as slaves in the world today. It is a staggering figure. It is outrageous! In the current issue of the Company and Securities Law Journal (C&SLJ), Vol 37 No 2, Justine Nolan and Nana Frishling argue that globalisation has spurred the growth of modern slavery (including servitude, ...more
For over a thousand years – at least – mediation and arbitration have been practised in the English-speaking world. In fact, arbitration as a dispute settling mechanism is probably as old as human society itself, suggests Tom Bathurst in his survey of the history of arbitration published in the Building and Construction Law Journal (BCL). ...more
China’s “Belt and Road” initiative (BRI) describes a vast international system of trade facilitation, infrastructure development, investment, and financial integration. With over 80 countries and regions participating in it, its touchstones are interconnection among states and their co-operation for mutual benefit. Institutional support for the BRI is provided by sources such as the Asian Infrastructure ...more
“Corporate structures are a haven for those seeking to minimise payment of employee entitlements, and the mechanisms are diverse,” writes Professor Helen Anderson in the current issue of the Company and Securities Law Journal (Vol 36 Pt 7). In “Piercing the Corporate Veil to Reach the Money for Employees: Why, How and Where to Next?”, ...more
The potential dangers in high-rise apartment living have come under the spotlight recently: the Opal Tower in Sydney with its “construction issues” and the fire in the Spencer Street block in Melbourne – both requiring evacuation of residents. These events follow on the Lacrosse Apartments fire in Melbourne of some years ago, and the Grenfell ...more
The Australian Law Journal is pleased to welcome Professor Stuart Kaye as the new Section Editor of the International Focus column, taking over from Professor Ryszard Piotrowicz who will be working on his last column in the December issue. Stuart Kaye is Director and Senior Professor of Law at the University of Wollongong within the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security. He was formerly a Dean and Winthrop Professor of Law at the University of Western Australia, and held a Chair in Law at the University of Melbourne from 2006 to 2010. He completed his degrees in arts and law from the University of Sydney, and completed his doctorate in law at Dalhousie University. He is admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Courts of New South Wales, Tasmania, and Queensland.
The University of Queensland Law School, in partnership with The Australian Law Journal (ALJ), will host the conference on Religious Freedom following the report of the Religious Freedom Review, led by former Attorney-General Philip Ruddock. The event will take place at The University of Queensland, St Lucia on Saturday, 6 April 2019 from 9am to 5pm. Some papers that will be presented at the conference will be published in a special edition of the ALJ.