On 15 May 2017, the relevant Parliamentary committee recommended the Queensland Parliament pass the Court and Civil Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (Bill). The Bill will amend the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 to restore the lessor’s defence for defective disclosure. This defence, which was introduced in 2006, was accidentally removed when the Act was amended last year. The Bill provides for the defence for lessors to be restored with retrospective effect.

For a summary of the Bill, please see our previous discussion relating to the introduction of the Bill.