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A recent case in the Supreme Court of South Australia has highlighted the consequences for employers who allow their employees to drive unroadworthy vehicles.

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The Heavy Vehicle National Law and Other Legislation Bill 2016 was introduced into Queensland parliament on 13 September 2016 and looks to amend the Heavy Vehicle National Law. The Bill was referred to the Transport and Utilities Committee for comment by 1 November 2016. The proposed law will apply in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. The amendment is made as part of the move towards greater consistency with other national safety legislation.

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Foreign purchaser additional duty and absentee owner surcharge land tax may apply to Australian discretionary trusts transacting in Victorian residential land where the discretionary trust has potential foreign beneficiaries.

These rules may require Victorian residential land to be acquired in a special purpose discretionary trust, which expressly excludes foreign beneficiaries, so that additional taxes are not payable.

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