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Could you explain why this is not a variant of Promissary estoppel.
The Superintendent has indicated he was going to suspend an existing contractual rights - AS4901 gives the Superintendent no leeway in the application of LD's other than by granting and extension of time.
The subcontractor then acted on this promise by abstaining from pursuing EOT claims (detrimental reliance) as the Superintendent then refused to grant the Extension of time once the subcontractor was time barred.
The Superintendent did not give notice that he was reinstating his right to apply LD's until after the contract work was completed. Is this not unconsionable conduct under the Trades Practices Act?