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Changing the changes: amendments to Qld's water legislation
26 Nov 2015
Some - but not all - of the changes made by the Water Reform and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 introduced by the former government will now be reversed. Kathryn Pacey and Rachel Long look at what's planned for Queensland water law.
Measures announced for the release of land in the Northern Territory for oil and gas activities
26 Nov 2015
Nicole Besgrove and Margaret Michaels explain the details of the Northern Territory's new measures which now form its revised method for how land for oil and gas is released for the oil and gas industry.
NT Government preparing to restructure the environmental assessment and approvals process
26 Nov 2015
The Northern Territory Government is preparing to roll out a series of consultation briefings and workshops across the Territory after adopting a recommendation to restructure the existing environmental assessment and approvals process, say Nicole Besgrove and Margaret Michaels.
UK's highest court provides guidance on penalty clauses
26 Nov 2015
A recent decision of the highest court in the United Kingdom has provided some well needed guidance on how the rule against contractual penalties should be applied to modern commercial contracts, explains Owen Hayford.
Caught in the cross-fire: self-incrimination in a regulatory investigation
26 Nov 2015
Luke Buchanan, James Robinson and Annella Cox explain when and how individuals can rely on the privilege against self-incrimination - and some of its limitations.
Have your say on the draft NT Oil and Gas Industry Development Strategy
26 Nov 2015
The draft Oil and Gas Industry Development Strategy will be used to identify opportunities for the oil and gas industry and to develop a best-practice regulatory regime. Nicole Besgrove, Dipesh Jasmat and Margaret Michaels explore the detail and why you should make a submission on it.
Queensland's Planning Bills introduced, and draft instruments released for consultation
26 Nov 2015
The Queensland Government's planning reform bills have been tabled in Parliament and as Kathryn Pacey and Ian Motti discover, there have been some changes from the draft version.
Dismissed for alleged harassment: a total slap in the face
26 Nov 2015
While it is probably never a great idea to joke about punching someone in the head, it might not be a strong basis for sacking an employee, say Abraham Ash and Elodie Cheesman, who explain why employers continue to face a high bar when deciding to dismiss an employee for misconduct.
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