Milestones - September 2012

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Welcome to the first edition of Milestones, a publication by Lander & Rogers' Projects, Construction & Infrastructure team, which will provide commentary on topical legal issues and developments affecting your business and the construction, infrastructure and projects industry in Australia.

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In this edition...

Superannuation investment in infrastructure


Milestones superimage The need for Australia to invest more in infrastructure is acknowledged widely by our academic, industry and political leaders. But how is this country going to provide that infrastructure within the context of a constrained economic climate?

In this article, we consider whether the approximately $1.28 trillion in superannuation assets accumulated by Australian workers since the introduction of the Superannuation Guarantee scheme in 2002 can provide the answer.
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The Carbon Pricing Mechanism and cartel conduct


Milestones constructionimage Following the introduction of the Carbon Pricing Mechanism, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued warnings to the Australian construction industry over carbon-related price increases. Cartel activity is also in the spotlight, and the ACCC has also issued guidelines to the Australian construction industry, as well as letters to executives in the heavy construction and construction supply industries, advising them of the potential consequences of engaging in cartel conduct.

In this article, we look at recent developments in relation to carbon-related price increases, cartel activity and price signalling.
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The Personal Property Securities Act - are you protected?


Milestones PPSAimage The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA), which commenced operation on 30 January 2012, has created an Australia-wide database of security agreements called the Personal Property Securities Register, which will be the definitive record of security interests held in personal property. The PPSA has far-reaching implications for parties to commercial contracts. In short, title to personal property will no longer be sufficient to establish rights of ownership and parties must take active steps to ensure their security interests in personal property are clearly defined in their contractual arrangements and are promptly registered.

This article examines the impact of the PPSA on key aspects of commercial contracts and provides recommendations as to how you can best protect your interests.
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