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  Building and Construction Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 22, Number 4, August 2006
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  • EDITORIAL
  • "Ethics" - moral or material?
        p.241                                                                                      +cite    

  • BOOK REVIEW
  • Powell-Smith and Furmston 's Building Contract Casebook by Professor M Furmston
        p.242                                                                                      +cite    

  • TOPIC OF INTEREST
  • Limitation periods - Building Act 1993 (Vic), s 134
        Craig Harrison and James Greentree
        p.243                                                                                      +cite        

  • ARTICLES
  • Prohibition on contracting out of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW)
        The Honourable Justice Robert McDougall
        p.246                                                                                      +cite        
        This article will focus on the extent to which s 34 of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (the Act) affects the primacy of parties' bargains. I said in Minister for Commerce v Contrai Plumbing [2004] NSWSC 823 at [40] that the Act generally strikes a balance between freedom of contract on the one hand and protection of the statutory right to a progress payment on the other. However, the operation of the amended s 34 has "swung the balance somewhat away from freedom of contract, and somewhat towards strengthening the rights given by the Act". It is with this understanding of the section that I consider the validity of certain provisions in building and construction contracts. This article will set out the reasoning behind my "broad" interpretation of s 34, and consider the application of s 34 to contractual clauses which may be said to conflict with the section.

  • CASE NOTES
  • What constitutes a "construction contract" for the purposes of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act?
        Stephen Barrett-White
        p.257                                                                                      +cite        
  • Denial of natural justice in Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act adjudications
        Stephen Barrett-White
        p.260                                                                                      +cite        

  • REPORTS
  • Energy Australia v Downer Construction (Australia) Pty Ltd
        p.263                                                                                      +cite    
  • Holmwood Holdings Pty Ltd v Halkat Electrical Contractors Pty Ltd
        p.285                                                                                      +cite    
  • Hazanee Pty Ltd v Elders Ltd
        p.310                                                                                      +cite