Change of Policy on FIRB Approval for Foreign State-Owned Enterprises

Brian Wilson, the Chairman of the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB), told a Senate Committee on 16 August 2012 that FIRB will publish guidelines to clarify requirements for FIRB approval for investments in Australian entities...

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Living Away from Home Benefit Reforms: Are you Prepared for the Changes?

On 28 June 2012, the federal government introduced the Tax Laws Amendment (2012 Measures No. 4) Bill 2012 (Bill) into parliament which, if passed in its existing form, will drastically alter the tax treatment of living away from h...

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CTT Container Detention Fees Likely to Become a Bigger Pressure Point

From 1 August 2012, several container shipping lines have reduced the “free” container time from 10 days to seven days.  The CBFCA and the VTA have already expressed their significant concern regarding the move and the likely...

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Government Signals Reforms to Address Concerns Over Gene Patents

Our article “Raising the bar? The new patent law reforms and their impact on patentability of genetic material” (“August article”), published in the August 2011 issue of the AIPLB, explored upcoming reforms to Australian p...

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Review of the Fair Work Act Released Yesterday

On 20 December 2011 the Hon Bill Shorten MP announced the appointment of a three-member panel to review the operation of the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) and related legislation.  In particular, the Panel was asked to assess the o...

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When Workplace Grumbles are Shouted Through a Social Media Megaphone

Facebook is a word that did not appear in decisions of Fair Work Australia (FWA), the federal industrial tribunal, until 2009. Since that first mention, there have been over 20 decided cases involving unfair dismissal claims by em...

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