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Build on Rock not Sand

Building a new house is probably the biggest single investment you will make during your lifetime and yet most rarely ask a lawyer to review the building contract before they sign. Engaging a lawyer later when things go wrong can … Continue reading

Workplace or Transport Accident Entitlements

People who are injured at work or in a road accident, or perhaps as the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, may not fully understand their rights when it comes to the range of benefits and compensation that may … Continue reading

Electronic Signatures: How effective are they?

In the age of technology and the Internet, more and more communications are taking place electronically. Many business men and women are putting away their pens and paper and instead opting for the faster, instant world of technology, using their … Continue reading

To flash your lights or not to flash your lights – that is the question

It is quite common for drivers to flash their lights at oncoming vehicles in an attempt to warn their fellow road users of a nearby speed camera. It’s so commonplace in fact, that many would consider it customary to do … Continue reading

Off-The-Plan Purchases

What is “off-the-plan”? OTP purchases generally refer to the purchase of a property before it has been built. This can mean that the property is still in the design and planning stages and construction has not yet begun or is … Continue reading

Increased Duties Relating to Child Sexual Abuse

In Victoria, the law has until recently only required a limited list of prescribed professionals to report ‘children in need of protection’. These included registered medical practitioners, nurses, teachers, school principals, members of the police force, youth or social workers, … Continue reading

Baseline Sentencing

The Victorian Government is currently seeking to amend current sentencing requirements through the introduction of the Sentencing Amendment (Baseline Sentences) Bill 2014 (“the Bill”). The Bill is designed to further deter persons from committing a wide range of crimes, thereby … Continue reading

Family Violence

Family violence is a devastating and complex issue that affects many Australian families. With an increase in public awareness and concern about the prevalence of family violence amongst Australian families and its tragic effects on those families, recent governments have … Continue reading

COTA Victoria Working Paper on Social Isolation, Mental Health and welbeing of Older Victorians

The COTA Working Paper launched by Dr Cathy Mead, Chair of COTA comes at the other end of this discussion in identifying the risks of mental illness for older people if they remain isolated and excluded. So what do we … Continue reading

The Mental Health Bill 2014

Breaking news this year was the publication of the Mental Health Bill 2014. The Mental Health Bill seeks to amend the Mental Health Act 1986 and when it commences and becomes law on 1 July 2014 seeks to introduce reforms … Continue reading