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  Building and Construction Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 26, Number 4, August 2010
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  • EDITORIAL
  • Common law, common sense
        p.225                                                                                      +cite    

  • BOOK REVIEW
  • International Commercial Arbitration and Conciliation in UNCITRAL Model Law Jurisdictions by Dr Peter Binder
        p.226                                                                                      +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • The Singapore Security of Payment Act: Some lessons to be learned from Australia
        Michael Christie, SC
        p.228                                                                                      +cite        
        Singapore has modelled its Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act on the New South Wales Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999. The New South Wales Act has also been the model upon which all Australian States except Western Australia have based their analogous statutes. A substantial body of case law has grown in Australia (and in particular in New South Wales and Queensland) and a body of legal principle has developed. The High Court of Singapore has referred to Australian cases in developing its own jurisprudence. This article focuses on three areas of practical importance which have been the subject of significant case law in Australia. It considers the manner in which the principles in those cases have been or may be applied in Singapore. In addition to providing an update on the current state of the law in Australia on these topics, the article raises the question of whether the statutory refinements of the New South Wales model in Singapore ought to be adopted in Australia.
  • Contract works insurance: Loss scenarios and policy response
        Patrick Mead
        p.250                                                                                      +cite        
        Contract works insurance comprises a critical component of risk allocation in major construction projects. In the June 2008 edition of this Journal, the author considered authorities in relation to contract works policy exclusions enlivened when property is allegedly damaged in consequence of defective workmanship, material or design. The following article examines the distinction which has been drawn by the courts between faulty or defective design on the one hand, and workmanship on the other, before considering the likelihood of contract works policy response with respect to three commonly encountered loss scenarios: (1) road and pavement failure; (2) scratching to glazed surfaces; and (3) stainless steel piping failures.

  • REPORTS
  • Aquagenics Pty Ltd v Break O’Day Council
        p.263                                                                                      +cite    
  • Sequel Drill & Blast Pty Ltd v Whitsunday Crushers Pty Ltd
        p.288                                                                                      +cite