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WHAT’S A TREE WORTH? LOGGING OR LIFE?

Bulldozers destroy 500,000 hectares of forest every year.An area the size of the MCG is bulldozed every two minutes in Australia. Logging poisons our soil and water, suffocates the Great Barrier Reef, kills wildlife, drains our carbon budget, and leaves our towns, cities and suburbs hotter and less liveable.  If we want to protect our […]

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PULLED OVER? BLAME THE SANITISER!

Excessive use of hand sanitiser could affect your blood alcohol level! We all are using hand sanitisers far more than ever before Covid became the new norm. Have you ever considered that using a hand sanitiser could actually impact upon your blood alcohol level?  And raise a whole new issue. It’s called the Hand Sanitiser […]

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DOGS – MAN’S BEST FRIEND… ESPECIALLY DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

One unexpected side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated lockdown is the increase in ownership of man’s best friend, the Dog. For centuries, dogs have been “Man’s Best Friend”.   People own dogs for all sorts of reasons, including companionship, home security, as a working helper or to make money. Obviously, it is […]

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TO PEE OR NOT TO PEE – THAT IS THE

In a recent Federal Court decision of Retail and Fast Food Workers Union Incorporated V Tantex Holdings Pty Ltd, the Court held for the first time that employees have a workplace right to use the toilet and drink water while at work over and above any award or workplace agreement provision.  Tantex Holdings Pty Ltd […]

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Mayor Hits the Jackpot!

The recent review of the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal into the categories and payment of fees for Mayors and Councillors in NSW has resulted in a re-categorisation of MidCoast Council from a Regional Rural Council to a Regional Centre with the result that the allowances paid to the Mayor and Councillors could be increased significantly […]

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WORKING FROM HOME – the new workplace frontier

Working from home means that both employers and employees have rights and obligations that should be considered and not overlooked.  Working from home might sound like a walk in the park, however it is not as easy as it sounds or looks. Working from home also creates its own Work, Health and Safety risks for […]

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OUTSMART A CATFISH – GET THE EDGE OVER ONLINE PREDATORS

Some time ago, Alaskan fisherman used to transport live Cod across the Pacific Ocean to China. The Cod would be kept in vats and fed a diet of pellets; however, they would remain almost stationary for the entire journey. This meant that the Cod would go into the vat firm and fresh but come out […]

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STUCK AT HOME AND SHOPPING ONLINE – HERE ARE FEW

In this unprecedented situation where we are either in lockdown or partially, many are using the internet to buy goods and services they never have before.  This may range from purchasing your groceries from a local supermarket to buying gadgets and items that you did not know existed but suddenly found you needed.  In theory […]

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FORCE MAJEURE – “THE BACK DOOR CLAUSE OR IS IT?”

What does this mean in a legal contract? All of a sudden, these “force majeure” clauses are now gaining the attention of a lot of people and especially lawyers. Normally they are clauses that are little used or taken any notice of when in a contract as they are not usually relied upon until now. […]

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FREE HOME? MAYBE! USE IT BEFORE YOU LOSE IT!

They say there is no such thing as a free lunch. However, with a bit of luck, ingenuity and effort you may be able to get a free home? Now I’ve got your attention.  With, all the fuss in relation to rising property prices there might just be another way for some bold, canny and […]

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What’s Important to You and the Common Regrets of the

During this horrendous time with the drought, fires, loss of lives and loss of animals and insects it seems to be a time where we all have had to consider what’s important to us in our lives. When you are faced with a ‘watch and act’ alert from the RFS what do/did you take from […]

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MOBILE PHONES AND YOUR LICENSE

Everybody these days seems to have a mobile phone. Indeed, hard to imagine life without one!  If you have a mobile phone and a driver’s license you should know that mobile phone detection cameras started targeting illegal mobile phone use across New South Wales from 1 December 2019. This includes fixed and transportable trailer mounted […]