Lending the homeless a helping hand

It's estimated 49,200 people will sleep rough on the street across Australia this year, and the number is increasing. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) was launched in 1982 with just four staff. Over the following year...

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Social and climate change impacts considered in rejecting development consent for new coal mine: The Rocky Hill case

On 8 February 2019 Chief Justice Preston of the Land and Environment Court handed down his judgement in Gloucester Resources Limited v Minister for Planning [2019] NSWLEC 7. The case involved the refusal of development consent ...

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Contamination Investigations – the Requirements for Your Next DA

Consent authorities are becoming increasingly reluctant to grant development consent subject to a condition that investigations into the nature and extent of contamination can be carried out after, instead of before, the granting ...

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Not Just Child’s Play: The Importance of Outdoor Play for a Child’s Development

Vella v Penrith City Council [2019] NSWLEC 1247 On 5 June 2019, the NSW Land and Environment Court handed down its decision in Vella v Penrith City Council [2019] NSWLEC 1247. This matter concerned an appeal against the refusal o...

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Private Business Exits

In this four part video series, Principal Nick Miller provides practical advice for private business owners looking to exit. Watch now...

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Foreign Investors the Losers for NSW Stamp Duty Rates

New South Wales follows suit with Victoria in tax hikes for foreign home buyers. The New South Wales government announced on 1 June 2017 that it will double its foreign investor stamp duty surcharge to 8% and also raise its annual...

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