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  Building and Construction Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 22, Number 2, April 2006
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  • EDITORIAL
        John Dorter
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  • ARTICLES
  • THE FAST TRACK PROVISIONS OF THE SECURITY OF PAYMENT ACT: CAN THEY SURVIVE?
        Leslie Einstein
        p.82                                                                                        +cite        
        Within the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) are provisions enabling the commencement of proceedings by persons seeking the recovery of progress claims but proscribing any defence of those proceedings by way of cross-claim or otherwise. Such provisions appear on their face to clash with various remedial sections of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth). This article explores the validity of the New South Wales provisions and posits that they are unable to survive scrutiny in light of current authority concerning the application of s 109 of the Constitution.

  • REPORTS
  • Kane v Sopov [2005] VSC 237
        p.92                                                                                        +cite    
        AS2124-1992 -- Clause 23, meaning of "honestly and fairly" -- Whether superintendent unduly influenced -- Whether superintendent's role performed in competent and independent manner -- Expert evidence for delay -- Validity progress claim served late --Payment certificate issued late -- Whether material supporting a progress claim is a condition precedent for issue of payment certificate -- Whether earlier progress claim superseded by later progress claim -- Liquidated damages deducted from payments in respect of payment certificates -- Substantial breach of contract -- Suspension by contractor a breach of contract -- Whether calling of contractor's guarantees a substantial breach of contract -- Election between suing for breach or on quantum meruit -- Whether margin for profit and overheads may be included in quantum meruit -- Whether deductions for delays, rectification and liquidated damages may be made against quantum meruit.