The new tax rule for buying and selling Aussie
In just a few weeks, the ATO will implement a new tax rule, which
will be put in place in order to prove the seller is an Australian
resident, requires sellers of residential and commercial properties
for more than $2 million to obtain and present a buyer with a
clearance certificate by the settlement date in order to be paid
the full sale price (02 June 2016).
In the media – Queensland
Revealed: The new name and logo of Australia's
largest electricity distributor
Australia's largest electricity distributor will be named
'Energy Queensland' following the merger of Ergon and
Energex in coming weeks, announced Treasurer Curtis Pitt at the new
company's headquarters in Townsville today (02 June 2016).
PCA: Brisbane rents in decline
Brisbane renters are benefiting from real falls in rents according
to a new analysis of CoreLogic rental data by the Property Council
of Australia. "In the last quarter we have seen real rents in
Brisbane actually fall for the first time in 20 years of data
collection" (31 May 2016).
Queensland Competition Authority releases final decision
into regional electricity prices
The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) today released its
final determination on regulated retail electricity prices for
regional Queensland in 2016-17 (31 May 2016).
Treasurer inspects job-generating $251M UQ student
A new $251 million student accommodation precinct housing 1,300
students will be built at the University of Queensland and create
620 jobs during construction and a further 30 ongoing jobs (31 May
Published – articles, papers, reports
When e-Conveyancing Becomes Conveyancing
Legal Practice Intelligence: Peter Frankl: 02 June 2016
E-conveyancing is on the path to becoming the new conveyancing. How
long will it be until we drop the "e" from e-conveyancing
and take it for granted that conveyancing has become fundamentally
a digital process?
In practice and courts – Queensland
Announcements, Draft Policies and Plans released
Title Registry Alert, 31 May 2016
The revised Queensland Titles Registry fees will take effect from
1 July 2016.
The new fees for the 2016-2017 financial year are prescribed in
the Natural Resources and Mines Legislation (Fees) Amendment
Regulation (No. 1) 2016 which is available on the Office of
the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel
Cases – Victoria
Jopam Nominees Pty Ltd v Owners Corporation No 1 PS4474926
(Owners Corporations)  VCAT 851
Licence – assignment of licence – deed of licence by
owners corporation to owners of five lots to use part of common
property for signage purposes – qualified prohibition on
assignment without consent of owners corporation unless to a person
who was proprietor of all five lots – purported assignments
without consent to persons who became successive proprietors of
four lots only – assignments effective against assignors but
not against owners corporation.
Waiver – whether owners corporation's conduct amounted
to waiver by election or to misleading or deceptive conduct –
owners corporation certificates disclosed the licence but not the
first assignment – Owners Corporations Act 2006 s
151; Owners Corporations Regulations 2007 regs 10, 10A,
11; Fair Trading Act 1999 s 9(1). Injunction –
whether injunctive relief available to enforce a licence or to
restrain a breach of a licence.
Cases – Queensland
v Brisbane City Council (No 2)  QPEC 023
APPEAL AGAINST REFUSAL OF AN APPLICATION TO DEMOLISH TWO PRE-1911
HOUSES – where houses located in inner city suburb of West
End – where houses located in a Demolition Control Precinct.
WHETHER THE HOUSES WERE REASONABLE AND CAPABLE OF BEING MADE
STRUCTURALLY SOUND. VALUATION EVIDENCE – where evidence of
the value of the land and houses thereon of little assistance.
COSTS – where appellant/applicant succeeded in having the
decision of the respondent overturned – where the costs ought
be awarded to successful party – whether other circumstances
warranted there being no orders as to costs.
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