Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2021 passes WA Parliament

On 15 December 2021, the much anticipated Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2021 (WA) (the Bill) passed the upper house of the Parliament of Western Australia as introduced. The Bill has been updated since the previously circulated Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 (WA) (Exposure Draft), and has been designed to replace the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 … Read more

The Third Wheel podcast series: ESG in Australia Episode 9

By Barbie-Lee Kirby and Charlee-Sue Frail Episode 9 –  Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) with Charlee-Sue Frail, Former advisor of Wiyi Yani U Thangani and Dusseldorp Forum board member In this final episode for 2021, some very special guest hosts take the wheel! Barbie-Lee Kirby, Responsible Business & First Nations Engagement Executive and Allira … Read more

The Third Wheel podcast series: ESG in Australia Episode 8

By Timothy Stutt and Melanie Debenham Episode 8 –  Enough is enough with Olga Klimczak, Executive Counsel, Employment, IR and Safety for Herbert Smith Freehills In this episode, Mel and Tim are joined by expert third wheel guest, Olga Klimczak, Executive Counsel, Employment, IR and Safety for Herbert Smith Freehills. Olga discusses the various parliamentary … Read more

The Third Wheel podcast series: ESG in Australia Episode 7

By Timothy Stutt and Melanie Debenham Episode 7 – It’s not about the money, money, money with Lewis McDonald, Global Head of Energy for Herbert Smith Freehills In this episode, Tim and Mel are joined by expert third wheel guest, Lewis McDonald, Global Head of Energy for Herbert Smith Freehills. Fresh from presenting at the … Read more

The Third Wheel podcast series: ESG in Australia Episode 6

By Timothy Stutt and Melanie Debenham Episode 6 – Asking the right questions with Brooke Massender, Global Head of Pro Bono for Herbert Smith Freehills In this episode, Mel and Tim are joined by expert third wheel guest, Brooke Massender, Global Head of Pro Bono for Herbert Smith Freehills. Brooke discusses how ESG could be … Read more

Appeal confirms wind farm assets are chattels, not fixtures

Victorian statute imposes a Fire Services Levy, which requires the calculation of the capital improved value of leviable land. The Supreme Court of Victoria (Court of Appeal) upheld the VSC decision of Richards J that the above-ground wind farm assets were chattels and therefore excluded from the land valuation. Read more

NSW Heritage Act review report published

The NSW Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues has published its report on its review of the Heritage Act 1977 (NSW). The report makes 26 recommendations and agrees with the key recommendations we made in our submission. The NSW Government will respond to the report by April 2022. Read more