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Foreign investment and Australia’s infrastructure sector

Participants in Australia’s infrastructure sector are, as a general rule, already familiar with the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and Australia’s foreign investment regime.

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COVID-19: temporary changes to meeting provisions under the Corporations Act

The Commonwealth Treasurer exercised emergency powers under the Corporations Act to facilitate virtual meetings and electronic execution of documents by companies.

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Surviving the Curve: Creditors, Contracts and Trade Credit Insurance

Navigating trade credit insurance policies.

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Small businesses, franchisees and fuel retailers will soon be allowed to collectively negotiate

While competition law strictly prohibits competitors acting together or agreeing on prices, collective negotiation by small businesses, franchisees and fuel retailers has traditionally been...

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Pre-feasibility study on Bowen Basin Pipeline – Queensland Government

On 20 August 2020, the Queensland Government announced that it will invest $5 million towards a pre-feasibility study of a potential new gas pipeline from the Bowen Basin.

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ACCC red lights not fatal for mergers

A red light from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) is not necessarily fatal when it comes to seeking approval for mergers but red light Statement of Issues (SOI) are becoming...

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COVID-19 responses in the commercial leasing market

We are in daily communication with our clients, commercial property landlords, agents, consultants and tenants.

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Understanding the JobKeeper scheme

This article aims to provide a summary of the rules relating to the JobKeeper scheme.

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Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 (WA)

On 24 April 2020, the Western Australian Parliament passed the Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 (WA) (the Act).

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WA EPA releases its revised guideline on the assessment of greenhouse gas emissions

The EPA has released an updated guideline on its approach to GHG emissions assessment.

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Practical Law Guide: Merger control in Australia

Sar Katdare and Andrew Willekes have prepared an easy to use Q&A on merger control in Australia.

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Commercial Leasing - South Australia's response to COVID-19

This insight provides a short summary of the cumulative effect of the Act and the Regulations.

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International Comparative Legal Guide: Public Investment Funds 2020

Partners Austin Bell and Andi Milidoni have written the Australian chapter for the International Comparative Legal Guide: Public Investment Funds 2020.

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Update - Property issues in Australia: Tenants and COVID-19

On 7 April 2020, the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, provided details of the mandatory Commercial Tenancies Code of Conduct to be legislated and regulated in each state and territory.

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JobKeeper Scheme Passes Parliament

As anticipated, on 8 April 2020, the Federal Parliament passed the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020 and related legislation which establishes the JobKeeper...

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FWC announces intent to temporarily amend Awards to provide new leave benefits

On 1 April 2020, the FWC announced a provisional view that it will amend 103 modern awards to include a new temporary Schedule that will operate until 30 June 2020, subject to review by the...

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Testamentary Discretionary Trusts – NSW Surcharge Purchaser Duty and Surcharge Land Tax

Breaking news: NSW lifts extra charges to stamp duty and land tax in respect of testamentary trusts with potential non-resident beneficiaries, provided they are created under Wills or Codicils...

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Update on Regulation of the Resources Sector

The Productivity Commission (Commission) has released its draft report on Resources Sector Regulation, inviting submissions from the public and affected stakeholders on its proposed findings and...

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ACCC grants urgent interim authorisation to Coles

Last week the ACCC granted an urgent interim authorisation to Coles to coordinate its activities with other supermarkets for the broad purpose of ensuring the fair and equitable distribution of...

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JobKeeper Payments – Information for Employers

In its efforts to provide much needed relief to employers and employees from the financial impact of COVID-19, the Australian Government has announced the JobKeeper Payment scheme to support...

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COVID-19 and Force Majeure

Governments and businesses around the world are dealing with a new paradigm and greater uncertainty in the face of COVID-19.

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Property issues in Australia: Tenants and COVID-19

This week the Prime Minister announced that State and Territory governments would be working on model rules designed to support tenants experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

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Response to COVID-19: Tax Measures at the Commonwealth, State and Territory levels

The Commonwealth, State and Territory governments have introduced a range of stimulus measures to assist businesses and workers during this challenging time.

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Containing the COVID-19 contagion: temporary relief for financially distressed companies

The Coronavirus Response Bill provides, amongst other legislative amendments, for temporary changes of 6 months’ duration to Australian insolvency and corporations laws to assist in managing the...

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