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Caxton Legal Centre’s Family Law Service helps Ruby avoid court

Ruby wanted to discuss concerns she had about the care of her 10-year-old daughter with the girl’s father.   Ruby arranged a Family Dispute Resolution Conference through her local Family Relationships Centre to discuss things, but her child’s father failed to attend.  Instead, the father arranged for his own solicitor to draft a parenting plan and sent that to Ruby.  Family law and … Continue reading Caxton Legal Centre’s Family Law Service helps Ruby avoid court

People need more assistance to go through domestic violence proceedings – Gracie’s story

Gracie, a 20-year-old university student, broke up with her boyfriend, Jack, who was significantly older than her. Jack had been physically and emotionally abusive towards Gracie throughout their relationship.  Following the breakup, Jack would not leave Gracie alone, continually sending her messages pleading that they get back together. Gracie was fearful of Jack given his history of violence and wanted him to leave her alone. She … Continue reading People need more assistance to go through domestic violence proceedings – Gracie’s story

Caxton Legal Centre joins EveryAGE Counts

Caxton Legal Centre has become a member of the EveryAGE Counts national coalition to end ageism. This diverse and growing coalition of organisations and individuals is committed to achieving this important shift in the way we understand and experience growing older.  By joining the coalition, Caxton Legal Centre commits to the EveryAGE Counts Pledge:  “We stand for a world without ageism where all people … Continue reading Caxton Legal Centre joins EveryAGE Counts

Market Rent Reviews in Manufactured Home Parks during COVID-19 – new laws 

On 25 September 2020 a new regulation was introduced which affects ‘market rent review’ site rent increases that occurred since 19 March 2020 in manufactured home parks in Queensland.  The changes are complicated but are designed to provide some relief to some home owners in this very difficult year.  What the new regulation does  To … Continue reading Market Rent Reviews in Manufactured Home Parks during COVID-19 – new laws 

Capital Gains Tax exemption will help protect against elder abuse

Protection of older Australians against financial elder abuse will be made easier with the planned removal of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on granny flat arrangements where a formal written agreement exists.  Many older Australians do not protect their interests with family members when providing money for shared living arrangements. Instead of a written agreement, they have a verbal agreement to provide assets or money to younger family members in exchange for ongoing care in … Continue reading Capital Gains Tax exemption will help protect against elder abuse

Caxton supports 18-month buy-back laws under the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (Qld)

Caxton Legal Centre has provided a submission to the independent review of timeframes for exit payments in Queensland retirement villages. The independent review is currently assessing the impacts of the 18-month mandatory buy-back period under the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (Qld), and will inform future legislative intervention in this area. Our submission supports retaining the … Continue reading Caxton supports 18-month buy-back laws under the Retirement Villages Act 1999 (Qld)

Jason accesses help through integrated services

Jason was working 60 hours a week and not coping well with the adjustment to having a newborn baby, taking out his frustration using violence in the home he shared with his partner and young daughter.   Police applied for a domestic violence protection order requiring him to move out. Jason did not contest statements in the police application that on several occasions he … Continue reading Jason accesses help through integrated services

Prisoners held in solitary confinement, denied access to lawyers in Covid-19 response

People on remand and serving custodial sentences in Queensland are being held in solitary confinement and denied access to lawyers and adequate medical care, in an array of human rights breaches prompted by Queensland’s Covid-19 Declaration of Emergency. Staff at Caxton Legal Centre and Prisoners Legal Service have identified that solitary confinement is being used … Continue reading Prisoners held in solitary confinement, denied access to lawyers in Covid-19 response

Case clarifies factors QCAT will consider when manufactured home owners challenge market rent review site rent increases

In the recent case of Priddy and Ors v M and T Entriken Pty Ltd and Anor [2020] QCAT 107 a group of home owners in a manufactured home park successfully challenged a market rent review increase. It may be of interest to owners of other manufactured homes considering challenging market rent review increases.  A blanket increased rent of $219.45 per week represented a significant increase of $18/$25 per … Continue reading Case clarifies factors QCAT will consider when manufactured home owners challenge market rent review site rent increases

Challenges for Jeff in accessing Centrelink online

Many government services and national, industrial-scale charities working with millions of Australians increasingly assume that digital access and literacy is universal, but it is still far from reality.  The closure of Centrelink service centres and increased demand for Centrelink telephone services has made it difficult for Jeff to access Centrelink throughout the pandemic. Like many clients, Jeff has very basic computer literacy and relies upon free computers … Continue reading Challenges for Jeff in accessing Centrelink online