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So bad it’s good: dodgy drafting gets the job done

In this recent decision, the landlord got the benefit of a dubiously worded outgoings clause. The High Court gave full effect to the parties’ commercial intent to hold that commercial common sense dictated that the tenant would be liable for all outgoings under a long term lease.

Ecosse Property Holdings Pty Ltd v Gee Dee Nominees Pty Ltd [2017] HCA 12

What a difference a Day makes: the High Court on disqualifying pecuniary interests of parliamentarians

In Re Day [No 2] [2017] HCA 14, the High Court determined that Mr Bob Day had an indirect pecuniary interest in an agreement with the Commonwealth, and was thereby disqualified from being chosen or sitting as a senator pursuant to s 44(v) of the Constitution. The Court’s decision substantially revised the ambit of that section.

Re Day [No 2] [2017] HCA 14