Duncan Lawyers

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About Duncan Lawyers

We are an Australian law firm based at 443 Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Our Principal, Campbell Duncan, provides consultancy services in Australia and internationally.  He is readily available to be contacted by e-mail, and by telephone either immediately or in response to an e-mail message.  He can be contacted by e-mail at campbell@duncanlawyers.com.  If you prefer, our fax number is +61 3 972 56270.

Where is Campbell Duncan?

Campbell Duncan will be working in Melbourne from 18 February. Generally he can most easily be contacted by e-mail.

Different times but some familiar issues

Extract from the Warrnambool  Standard  of 13 February 1987.  Thirty years after this newspaper account, in 2017, The Victorian State Government  issued  a discussion draft of the proposed  Local Government Bill.  The Explanatory Paper commented:   If the 1989 Act was outmoded by the radical changes that quickly followed its introduction, the many amendments that have followed have rendered it more incoherent over time. The oldest of Australia’s Local Government Acts, the 1989 Act is also the most amended. Its original 136 pages have expanded by a factor of four. The size of the current Act is one measure of how compromised its original intent has become. It has long since ceased to provide a contemporary and accurate guide to the powers, roles and responsibilities of councils.   Campbell Duncan provided input to the review –  albeit  as an external consultant.

Extract from the Warrnambool Standard of 13 February 1987.

Thirty years after this newspaper account, in 2017, The Victorian State Government issued a discussion draft of the proposed Local Government Bill. The Explanatory Paper commented:

If the 1989 Act was outmoded by the radical changes that quickly followed its introduction, the many amendments that have followed have rendered it more incoherent over time. The oldest of Australia’s Local Government Acts, the 1989 Act is also the most amended. Its original 136 pages have expanded by a factor of four. The size of the current Act is one measure of how compromised its original intent has become. It has long since ceased to provide a contemporary and accurate guide to the powers, roles and responsibilities of councils.

Campbell Duncan provided input to the review – albeit as an external consultant.

 

Publications

We issue a Newsletter at irregular intervals.  This can be downloaded from our Newsletters page.

For a list of other publications see our Publications page.