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New laws target misuse of market power

Two significant legislative amendments to Australian competition law have passed Parliament following recommendations from the 2015 Harper Competition Policy Review.

Standard form contracts with small businesses – users beware

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has provided protection for small businesses from unfair contract terms in business-to-business standard form contracts. Find out what types of clauses have been affected by the changes and are likely to raise concerns under the unfair contract terms law.

To Park or not to Park: The Towing Industry in Queensland

In May 2017, the Queensland Government announced a three-month inquiry into the towing industry and the removal of parked vehicles from publicly accessible private carparks and private roads that are not currently covered by the existing legislation. This article outlines the law as it currently stands in Queensland.

Differences between the Queensland and NSW conveyancing process

While buying and selling property across Australia generally follows the same process, there are some substantial differences in the conveyancing process in Queensland and New South Wales that buyers and sellers should be aware of when transferring ownership of property in either state.