It’s a Scam!! And the Scams are getting more sophisticated!
Written by Victor Hamit

In an unusual couple of weeks we have been approached by a number of clients about potential scams to which they have been subjected. Coincidentally, the Australian Taxation Office (“ATO”), on 10 April 2019, issued a daily update for Tax Professionals warning of:- “A recent spate of robocall scams are spoofing genuine ATO phone numbers […]

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Better Boards Conference 2019
Written by Victor Hamit

Better Boards (https://betterboards.net/) is again hosting its highly regarded Annual Conference featuring leading international and national speakers. The Conference theme is “Governance (R)evolution: Strategies for Success” and will be held on 1-4 August 2019 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (click here). The Conference features a dedicated CEO’s Summit on Friday 2 August 2019 […]

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Rotary Clubs are not Charities for Victorian Stamp Duty Purposes
Written by Victor Hamit

The Supreme Court of Victoria (“the Supreme Court) determined in Rotary Club of Melbourne Inc v Commissioner of State Revenue [2018] VSC 699 (29 November 2018) that the Rotary Club of Melbourne Inc (“Rotary Club”) was not a body established for charitable purposes within in the meaning of section 45 of the Duties Act 2000. […]

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Like with caution: Social media Defamation
Written by Oliver Hamit and Victor Hamit*

Bolton v Stoltenberg [2018] NSWSC 1518 found that the mere act of “liking” a defamatory post on social media sites, such as Facebook, was not enough to attract liability. Although, New South Wales Supreme Court Justice Payne added that liability could still be attracted if there is evidence to suggest that the “like” had drawn […]

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Ladies a plate! Ladies only Bowls Tournament allowed
Written by Victor Hamit

In a Victorian decision delivered in Portarlington Bowls Club – Exemption (Human Rights) [2018] VCAT 1571 (11 October 2018) the Tribunal determined that the ladies of the Portarlington Bowls Club (“the Club”) could conduct a ladies only bowls tournament. The Tribunal noted the background to the tournament as follows:- “The Club has a long-standing tradition […]

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Facebook posts by others on your profile can be defamatory and your responsibility!
Written by Victor Hamit

Johnstone v Aldridge [2018] SADC 68 held that liability for defamatory comments on Facebook posts were attributable to the host notwithstanding some of the defamatory comments were made by others (or “friends”). Mr Aldridge was ordered to pay $100,000 in damages (including aggravated damages) with costs yet to be determined at the time of writing. […]

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