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Congratulations to Bruce Johnstone – Registered as an Adjudicator

After recently duxing an Adjudicators Course, Managing Director of Colville Johnstone Lawyers, Bruce Johnstone, has successfully applied to the Registrar to be registered as an Adjudicator under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) [“the Act”].  In making his decision,  the Registrar acknowledged that Bruce had the appropriate high degree of experience and technical knowledge of the Act …

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Agripower Australia Ltd v J & D Rigging Pty Ltd & Ors  On 25 June 2013, Justice Margaret Wilson of the Supreme Court at Brisbane handed down a decision that could have wide ranging effects to the application of the Building & Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (“BCIPA”) on works carried out on land that is subject to a mining …

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Change of name to the Insolvency & Trustee Service Australia (ITSA)

On 15 August 2013, the Insolvency & Trustee Service Australia (ITSA) will be known as the Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA).  The change is in name only – the services will remain the same. AFSA will continue to administer and regulate Australia’s personal insolvency system. Insolvency occurs when a person (as opposed to a company) is unable to pay back …

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Economy effects the Building & Construction industry – Nationally

The Age Newspaper in Melbourne has reported that official statistics reveal that two companies a day in the construction and building-related sector are collapsing, as late payments from creditors worsen, activity dries up and banks put the squeeze on funding. The latest statistics on liquidations and voluntary administrations show that between June 1 and July 18 almost 100 companies in …

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UPDATE – Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld)

A recent Decision of the Queensland Supreme Court in the matter of BM Alliance Coal Operations Pty Ltd v BGC Contracting Pty Ltd & Ors [2013] QSC 67, has departed from the usual course that the Courts have taken with Applications relating to Adjudicated Decisions under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) [“BCIPA”] being declared void because …

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New 10 Point Action Plan to Reform the Building and Construction Industry

The Newman Government has recently handed down a 10 point action plan to reform the QBSA and building regulations. The 10 Point Action Plan to Reform the Queensland Building Services Authority will involve: Replacing the QBSA and establishing a new entity called the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC); and Installing a professional governing board with the appropriate committees and …

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Second Redland transport hub fast-tracked for development

Managing Director of Colville Johnstone Lawyers, Bruce Johnstone, at the Community Business Breakfast with Deputy Premier and Minister for State , Development, Infrastructure and Planning the Hon. Jeff Seeney, Cr Lance Hewlett and Cr Julie Talty   A second Redland transport hub will be fast-tracked for development following an announcement that the Weinam Creek precinct at Redland Bay had been granted …

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Titles Registry Alert: Important information for people when signing a Titles Office Registry form

The Land Title Act 1994 (the Act) and section 162 of the Act imposes strict obligations on witnesses to the execution of titles registry forms by individuals. Qualified witnesses including Justices of the Peace (JP) and Commissioners for Declarations (C.Dec) are required, among other things, to take reasonable steps to ensure the individual (the signatory) is the person entitled to …

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Queensland Law Society media release

Queensland Law Society is concerned about the decision to trial Justices of the Peace (Qualified) to preside with legally experienced Justices of the Peace over certain QCAT matters. The proposed change is contained in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Justices of the Peace) Amendment Bill 2013, recently introduced in Queensland Parliament. President Annette Bradfield said only legally qualified and …

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