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The unintended outcome of the US China Trade war – Australian manufacturers accuse US exporters of unfair trade practices

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In the trade war between the US and China it is the Chinese that are painted by the US as not playing by the rules. In an ironic turn of events, the Australian Government is...

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Ready, Set, Go! – Tracking the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Banking Royal Commission

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Click here to download a copy of this report The report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry made 76 recommendations to improve the sector. With so many...

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Social and climate change impacts considered in rejecting development consent for new coal mine: The Rocky Hill case

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On 8 February 2019 Chief Justice Preston of the Land and Environment Court handed down his judgement in Gloucester Resources Limited v Minister for Planning [2019] NSWLEC 7. The case involved the refusal of development...

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Contamination Investigations – the Requirements for Your Next DA

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Consent authorities are becoming increasingly reluctant to grant development consent subject to a condition that investigations into the nature and extent of contamination can be carried out after, instead of before, the granting of consent....

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Don’t let your PPSR registrations expire!

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Security interests registered on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) in 2012 for a period of 7 years (the other registration period options being 25 years or indefinitely – provided that the collateral is not...

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Administrative Appeals Tribunal again makes it harder to obtain tariff concession orders

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In a recent case the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) found that a tariff concession order should not be made for imported driverless trains and in circumstances where driver operated trains were produced in Australia. The...

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Very Important Amendments to Victorian Duties and Land Taxes – The State Taxation Acts Amendment Act 2019

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On 27 May 2019, the 2019-20 Victorian State Budget detailed increases to the land transfer duty surcharge for foreign buyers of residential property, the absentee landowner surcharge and the removal of the land tax exemption...

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Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 – What you need to know

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The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 commenced on 19 June 2019 in Victoria. The Act is the first of its kind in Australia, allowing individuals with a terminal illness or neurodegenerative condition and whose suffering...

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Not Just Child’s Play: The Importance of Outdoor Play for a Child’s Development

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On 5 June 2019, the NSW Land and Environment Court handed down its decision in Vella v Penrith City Council [2019] NSWLEC 1247. This matter concerned an appeal against the refusal of a DA to construct a 45-place child care centre. Whilst the proponent and Council were in agreement and wished to have a Consent Orders hearing, the NSW Department of Education's Early Childhood Directorate was required to give concurrence to the development. The Early Childhood Directorate refused concurrence.

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Australian Trusted Trader – Free trade agreement benefits

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Australian importers have new reasons to become accredited Trusted Traders with the Australian Border Force (ABF) announcing that Trusted Traders can enjoy the benefits of certain free trade agreements (FTA) without requiring a certificate of...

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APRA: Taking a Proactive Approach

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APRA was the subject of criticism and adverse commentary throughout the Royal Commission into Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services and in the Commission’s Report. It has been taking a more proactive approach this year and...

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Open Banking – Open Everything

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Much has been written about the move towards 'Open Banking' in Australia and the impact it will have for both banks and their customers.

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