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Resources sector revamp? Productivity Commission announces 12-month review

On 5 August 2019 the Federal Resources Minister, Matt Canavan MP announced that the Productivity Commission will conduct a 12-month review of the regulation of the resources sector.

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Lazarus with a triple bypass – s444GA in liquidation

The recent sale of Black Oak Minerals Limited (Black Oak) to Ramelius Resources Limited (ASX: RMS) (Ramelius) shows that section 444GA of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act) can be used to...

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The emergence of climate change law in New South Wales and beyond

In the recent NSW Land and Environment Court decision of Gloucester Resources Limited v Minister for Planning [2019] NSWLEC 9 Chief Judge Preston, in performing the role of the consent authority of...

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Update on State Government’s Forrest & Forrest “fix”

The Bill that seeks to amend the Mining Act 1978 (WA) to remove uncertainty around the validity of mining tenements as a result of the High Court decision in Forrest & Forrest, was read in...

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Looming changes – are you ready for the Consumer Data Right?

With the Federal Government announcing its intention to introduce a Consumer Data Right (CDR) from 1 July 2019, how can you be prepared?

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Class actions in Australia’s employment law landscape: 2019 and beyond

Class actions are set to become a prominent feature of the Australian employment law landscape.

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FIRB releases new guidance notes for foreign purchasers

On 25 September, Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board issued 2 guidance notes, designed to clarify Australia’s foreign investment policy in 2 key areas - acquisition of agricultural land and...

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Australia's FIRB regime: the impact on transactions in energy & resources sectors

Any potential foreign investor must consider the implications of the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) regime, as it may relate to any proposed transaction involving companies in the mining...

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New incentives for mineral exploration: Treasury Laws Amendment (Junior Minerals Exploration Incenti

It is anticipated that a number of changes to the EDI scheme will encourage Mineral Explorers to engage in new capital raisings for the purpose of undertaking mineral exploration.

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Approvals for CSG water treatment facilities in NSW

On 14 March 2017, the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of NSW gave its decision in People for the Plains Incorporated v Santos NSW (Eastern) Pty Ltd [2017] NSWCA 46 (Case). The Case considered...

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Meaning of land for Queensland stamp duty purposes - Sojitz Coal Resources Pty Ltd v Commissioner of

On 30 January 2015, the Supreme Court of Queensland (per McMurdo J) upheld an appeal by Sojitz Coal Resources Pty Ltd (Sojitz) against a decision of the Commissioner to impose land rich duty on its...

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Mineral resource rent tax

On 10 June 2011, Treasury released for public comment preliminary exposure draft (ED) legislation and accompanying explanatory memorandum (EM) for the mineral resource rent tax...

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ASX concept release - SME, mid-cap and micro-cap equity market review

On 21 March 2011, ASX issued a "Concept Release" as part of ASX's SME, Mid-Cap and Micro-Cap Equity Market Review. The Review is seeking to question whether ASX's "one size fits all" approach to...

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Commercial Arbitration Act 2010 (NSW)

The Commercial Arbitration Act 2010 (the Act) received the assent of the New South Wales (NSW) Parliament on 28 June 2010, after the Standing Committee of Attorneys General agreed to update the...

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The proposed Minerals Resource Rent Tax

On 2 July 2010 the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, and the Minister for Resources and Energy issued a Joint Media Release (JMR). The JMR announced a 'breakthrough agreement' and

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Resource Super Profits Tax

The mining industry...s reaction to the Australian Government...s proposal to enact a Resource Super Profits Tax (RSPT), a rent based tax, as recommended by Australia...s Future Tax System (Henry...

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