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Trade protection set for shake-up as economic think-tank enters the arena

24.03.09

Daniel Moulis, Principal On 24 March 2009 the Assistant Treasurer, Chris Bowen, and the Home Affairs Minister, Bob Debus, jointly announced that the Government has requested the Productivity Commission, Australia’s highest level economic research and advisory body, to undertake an inquiry into the “effectiveness and impact” of Australia's anti-dumping and countervailing system.

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Refinement, not revolution, in proposed changes to subsidies code

19.02.08

Minor changes which have been proposed to the subsidy disciplines of the WTO Subsidies and Countervailing Measures Agreement recognise that the existing Agreement is fundamentally sound, and reflect a widely held view that the interpretation and observance of the rules is a more important issue than what they say.

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When a decision is a fact: new ACT planning laws invite new litigation

14.02.08

It can be difficult to mount a legal challenge against an administrative decision, such as a planning approval. Courts require mistakes in the exercise of a discretion to be significant, so that they can be said to amount to an error of law, before striking down a challenged decision.

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