Best Of Local Moreton Bay – April 2021


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08/11/2020 |

Are State COVID Border Closures Legal?


Recent decisions of various State Governments around Australia to close their borders for protection against the spread of COVID infections has been a source of comfort for some, frustration for others and a degree of confusion for practically everybody.


The power by which each State (and Territory) can individually/unilaterally decide who can and cannot enter its area comes from the way the State/Territory and Federal Governments were all set up under the national Constitution for Australia which was passed when Australia first became one unified nation in 1901.

But does anyone have a right of challenge against any State Government boarder closure decision and what powers might the Federal Government have to intervene and sort out disputes between the States should one arise?

Outspoken entrepreneur and sometimes politician, Clive Palmer is currently pressing a legal challenge against the WA border closure claiming the relevant laws are invalid under s.92 of the Commonwealth Constitutional (1901). S.92 says that all trade and commerce between the States must remain “absolutely free”. Previous Court decisions on that section however have held that the relevant law will only be invalid under s.92 if the primary object of the law was to create a commercial advantage to one State over another. Consequently it is hard to see how the Palmer case has any chance of success.

As for the Federal Government, because each of the Sates still retain exclusive power to make laws in relation to public health , on first principles, Canberra has no power to direct a State to either open or close their borders. Theoretically, if matters got out of hand the Federal Government could rely on its national “defence” power under s.51 (vi) of the Constitution to control all people movement anywhere in Australia under a style of martial law but the general view is that civilian unrest and/or an escalation of COVID infections would need to have reached extreme levels before any such power could be legally invoked.

So for the time being we have this peculiar situation where a health issue which is clearly of national importance is left to be managed individually by each State in any way each State sees fit to do.
Consequently, at the risk of stating the obvious, if we want to avoid COVID evolving into a legal/political nightmare we all need to dedicate ourselves to following the advice of our doctors and scientists.

Michael Zande is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist with over 30 years’ experience in the field. He is the principal at Zande Law Solicitors, Suite 7, Norwinn Centre, 15 Discovery Drive, North Lakes.  To contact Michael for advice, phone 3385 0999.
The information in this article is merely a guide and is not a full explanation of the law.  This firm cannot take responsibility for any action readers take based on this information.  When making decisions that could affect your legal rights, please contact us for professional advice.

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11/09/2020 |

USC Moreton Bay Wins Construction Award


USC’s new state-of-the-art campus at Moreton Bay, which has attracted 1,800 students since opening in February, has just been recognised with a top construction award.

USC-Moreton Bay Campus Petrie

The project team, led by Hansen Yuncken, won the Master Builders Association Award (Brisbane) for an education facility over $10 million at the 2020 Housing and Construction Awards and is now in the running for the Queensland state finals in October.

The three-story, 16,000 square-metre USC Moreton Bay building at Petrie features modern labs, teaching spaces and technology and is Australia’s newest university campus.

USC Chief Operating Officer Dr Scott Snyder said the win recognised the achievement of an exceptional project team, and the completion of a world-class facility that would become a long-standing knowledge and innovation hub for the Moreton Bay region.

“USC Moreton Bay has 1,800 enrolled students and growing, and by 2030 it is expected to cater for 10,000 students across more than 100 study programs,” Dr Snyder said.

“It has everything you’d expect from a modern university, including a 460-seat capacity auditorium, $15 million worth of state-of-the-art technology, nursing simulation and science labs, engineering labs as well as a library, student support facilities, a café and shops.”

Hansen Yuncken Queensland State Manager Greg Baumann said the award was a tribute to how the team worked with USC to deliver such an ambitious project.

“The attention to detail, workmanship and level of quality on this project speak for themselves and these awards are a terrific recognition of the team’s hard work and effort,” Mr Baumann said.

The foundation building is the first stage in a planned 10.5-hectare university precinct that will form the heart of The Mill at Moreton Bay, a vibrant civic, cultural and educational precinct planned by Moreton Bay Regional Council.

It was designed by award-winning architects Hassell Studios.

04/08/2020 |
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