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LIJ March 2004

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Cover Story

The finished article?
The state government is reviewing Victoria's system of training for law graduates. While the legal profession is willing to embrace some change it is also determined to see the retention of articles.

By Jason Silverii

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Feature Articles

Employment conditions

A level playing field for employers and employees in Victoria
Without much fanfare, 1 January 2004 marked the start of a new industrial relations system for Victoria - at least for the estimated 350,000 Victorian workers not covered by federal awards or agreements.

By Tim Greenall

Building law

A new framework for the building industry
All those involved in the construction industry must become familiar with the progress payment provisions of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002.

By Romauld Andrew

Deceased estates

Appeals under Part IV of the Administration and Probate Act
A recent Court of Appeal decision will make it difficult to successfully appeal a decision under Part IV of the Administration and Probate Act.

By Kathryn Rees, Carol McOmish and Julie Grainger


ATO clarifies GST treatment of search fees
Solicitors need to ensure they are meeting the required GST payments when they employ intermediary information brokers.

By Paul Stacey


Cleaning up the spam problem
Next month federal legislation will come into effect which will attempt to address the scourge of spam emails.

By Gordon Hughes and Ian Oi

Practice and procedure

Evidence by audio-visual link in the Supreme Court of Victoria
An application to give evidence by audio-visual link in the Supreme Court of Victoria must satisfy various Victorian legislative requirements.

By Tim Fitzsimmons


Letters of intent are they worth it?
Whether a letter of intent is binding will depend on its terms, the circumstances of its creation and the subsequent actions of the parties.

By Robert Macey

Legal education

Meeting today’s law curriculum needs
Law schools need to close the gap between education and practice.

By Professor Tania Sourdin


The hydra of technicality – drink-driving defences 2003
In the past year motorists charged with drink-driving offences have tried several different defences. Not all have succeeded.

By Warwick J Walsh-Buckley


Publications Department

(for LIJ (Law Institute Journal) and LIV Directory and Diary inquiries only) Tel:(61 3) 9607 9319 Fax:(61 3) 9607 9451 Email: Managing editor: Carolyn Ford. Sub-editor/publications coordinator: Mary Kerley. Journalist: Karin Derkley. Sub-editor/proofreader: Libby Brown. Art director: Katherine Alexander. Editorial & administrative assistant: Sophie Suelzle. Advertising: Lisa Crowle.


Editorial committee

Chair: Gerry Bean Members:  Tony Burke, Geoff Gronow, Melissa Macken, Chris Molnar, Cameron Ross and Carolyn Ford.


Editorial policy

All contributions and letters to the editor to be addressed to: Managing editor, Carolyn Ford, Law Institute of Victoria Ltd, GPO Box 263, Melbourne 3001. Tel: (61 3) 9607 9319. Mob: 0406 004 935. Fax: (61 3) 9607 9451. Email: Views expressed by contributors are not necessarily endorsed by the Law Institute of Victoria. No responsibility is accepted by the Institute, the editor or the printers for the accuracy of information contained in the text and advertisements.

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