Symphonic Sex and Self-help in Strata

Let’s not beat around the bush – sex is happening in strata, everywhere, right now. In bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and on balconies. At all hours of the day and night. What goes on behind closed doors is none of our business – when it’s silent. But when its symphonic… Consider this scenario: A young couple…

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Bodies corporate could be in for more than a shock by the collapse of embedded network and billing providers.

The appointment of Voluntary Administrators to Apex Energy Holdings Pty Ltd (Apex) has brought into sharp focus the inadequacies of embedded network and billing agency agreements (Billing Agent Agreement) with bodies corporate and occupiers (Consumers) and, in particular, the billing and payment arrangements for essential services such as electricity (utilities). A fool and his money…

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The anchovy method and statutory reform

In the nineties, the long-haired, carefree (mortgage-less) version of me forged a living (just) touring the country with cover bands. Many eyebrows were raised by the cynics who considered my rock ’n’ roll lifestyle to be a disrespectful utilisation of my parents’ significant investment in my education. However, roaming the boundless plains of this vast…

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No extension required for your late community management statement

My daughter was born 7 days late. Since then she has effortlessly maintained a strict regime of unpunctuality. Last term, her tardy approach to scholarly, musical and sporting endeavours was punctuated with a late paroxysm of activity. Then, like an elastic band after having reached its maximum tension threshold, she catapulted back to her natural…

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Nose Pollution

Each winter we embark on a camping expedition to a secluded site on the Pumicestone Passage. Aside from fishing and relaxing, the only obligatory activity is afternoon aperitifs, set against the majesty of the Glasshouse Mountains as they salute the end of another day, backlit in brilliant orange, pink and purple hues, the sun skilfully…

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A win for bodies corporate recovering outstanding levies

Are you a body corporate manager or do you sit on a committee? Have you been frustrated by lot owners claiming damages alleging the body corporate has somehow breached a duty in an attempt to frustrate or delay paying levies? In a decision published last week (Body Corporate for Anchorage v Huang), there is some…

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A Slam Dunk for the Liquidators in Anti-Phoenixing Win

The first decision relying on the amendments to the Corporations Act (Act) introduced by the Treasury Laws Amendment (Combatting Illegal Phoenixing) Act 2020 (Anti-Phoenixing Legislation), was handed down last week in Intellicomms Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) (Company) & Ors v Tecnologie Fluenti Pty Ltd [2022] VSC 228. The Victorian Court declared a sale agreement void (Sale Agreement)…

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Using cryptocurrency as security for costs – a leap too far?

I’ll start with a short confession (this won’t be a surprise to those who know me). In addition to not being very tech-savvy, I know little about how cryptocurrencies emerged and how they are mined or traded. I’ve read that there are brokers, cryptocurrency exchanges, hot and cold wallets and many thousands of different cryptocurrencies,…

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Swapping Exclusive Use – Easy As

Back in the heyday of my youth, when Donkey Kong was cutting edge gaming, we used to spend our lunch breaks playing with Kiss (the American glam metal band) cards. The cards were only available in Donruss bubble-gum packets, which proved a challenging acquisition for a metal-mouthed yours truly who was forbidden from indulging in…

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