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Assisting the Commonwealth Government in drafting and negotiating major agreements June 23, 2017

Maddocks advised the Commonwealth Department of Health on the drafting and negotiation of the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (the 6CPA) with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Since 1990, the Government and the Pharmacy Guild have … Continued

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Maddocks advises USG Boral on acquisition August 16, 2017

Wednesday 16 August 2017 Maddocks has acted for USG Boral Building Products in the purchase of a wall, ceiling system and plasterboard supply business based in the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. USG Boral is one … Continued

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Can directors’ conflicts of interest be ignored if a company is performing well? August 24, 2017

Conflicts of interest of company directors are generally regarded as inconsistent with good corporate governance. They leave the company and the directors exposed to claims of breach of duty and oppression of shareholders. In the … Continued

Local Government VIC Blog

  • Ararat Commission of Inquiry Report tabled in Parliament

    In a Report tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 9 August 2017, the Commission of Inquiry into the Ararat Rural City Council has found that the Council failed to act in the interest of the … Continued

  • Sydney’s ‘tent city’ set to go as new legislation is passed

    On Wednesday the Sydney Public Reserves (Public Safety) Bill 2017 (Bill), which was introduced into the NSW Parliament only the day before, passed through both houses of the NSW Parliament without amendment. It is anticipated … Continued

  • Following the right road

    A decision handed down by the Victorian Supreme Court on 27 July – Pulitano Pastoral Pty Ltd v Mansfield Shire Council – highlights the critical importance of adopting the right procedure when making a decision … Continued

  • Technology (N)One for Brisbane City Council

    If you follow local government technology contracting you will have noticed the ongoing war of words between the Lord Mayor of Brisbane City Council (BCC), Councillor Graham Quirk and the Executive Chairman of Technology One … Continued

  • NSW Cabinet to reconsider stripping councils of DA approval powers

    The NSW Government has again raised the prospect of stripping councils of their powers to determine individual planning applications. Instead, independent panels would be established to assess and determine such matters. Councils would retain responsibility … Continued

  • Historical polluters of land liable for clean up costs

    The long awaited decision of the Victorian Court of Appeal in Yarra City Council vs MFESB was handed down yesterday on 26 July 2017. The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the liability of polluters of land under the … Continued

  • The price of recycling laws

    The State Government is launching an investigation into the recent blaze at the SKM Recycling Plant in Coolaroo. The investigation will be a joint undertaking between the EPA, the MFB, the CFA and Emergency Management … Continued

  • A complicated affair: the importance of guarding against data breaches

    It is reported that the owner of the Ashley Madison adultery website has agreed to pay A$14.3 million to settle a US class action bought by 37 million users whose personal details were exposed in … Continued

  • Fair Work Commission rules on casual employees

    The Fair Work Commission has ruled that casual employees will have a right to ask to be converted to permanent employment after 12 months of working regular, casual hours. The ACTU lead the charge on … Continued

  • Minister appoints Commission of Inquiry into Ararat’s rating strategy and administrative capacity

    The Andrews Government has appointed a Commission of Inquiry to consider the efficiency and effectiveness of the Rural Shire of Ararat’s rating strategy and the Council’s administrative capacity. The Government’s intervention, on 23 June, followed … Continued

Maddocks has worked alongside Victorian councils for more than 130 years. We provide advice, advocacy and transactional assistance in areas ranging from administrative law and employment to multi-million dollar property redevelopments.

In Council Brief, we will use that experience and expertise to highlight the issues of importance to Victorian local government. If you have an issue you would like us to cover then get in contact with one of our contributors.