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Guide for international investment in petroleum in Australia

Australia has a long history of international investment in petroleum exploration and development projects. International investors are a crucial part of the growth and success of Australian petroleum projects and industry. Moulis Legal is very happy to provide this international investor guide to the Australian petroleum industry. This guide is designed to provide international investors with an introduction to Australia’s petroleum industry, to assist investors with investigating and preparing for your investment. Moulis Legal has a proud history of working with industry and investors in Australia and across Asia. Moulis Legal has the knowledge and experience to provide you with the necessary legal guidance to work towards making your investment into Australia a success. Moulis Legal is a member of AMPLA, the Resources and Energy Law Association. We invite you to contact us with your questions and we wish you all the best with your new investment. Disclaimer: This document is intended as a guide only, and is not intended to provide the reader with legal, financial or investment advice on any of the subject matter covered in this document. This guide is a summary only, and is not a comprehensive description of all relevant matters to be considered by prospective investors. Prior to making investment decisions, you should obtain professional legal, financial and investment advice.

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Can China’s mine be yours? Six tips for tapping new coal and gas opportunities

The development of China’s coal and seam gas industries is now a key policy goal of the country’s peak economic planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”).

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Australia’s petroleum and gas potential boosted by new exploration in Queensland

While Australia’s refinery industry is suffering – BP is the latest company to announce the closure of an Australian refinery – gas and petroleum exploration has just received a welcome boost.

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Being a trusted advisor: practical considerations for lawyers advising on investment from China, Japan and Korea

Australia has a long history of welcoming international investment. Australia’s limited domestic capital, abundant resources and comparatively stable economy has attracted investors from across the world for decades. Investment into Australia from East Asia is also not a new phenomenon, although recently it has attracted significant attention mostly as a result of the growth of Chinese investment into Australia. Quite rightly that recent attention has attracted Australian lawyers – lawyers have an essential part to play in international investment, from developing investment structures to regulatory compliance to contract preparation. However, as can sometimes occur in our profession, some Australian lawyers have been thrust into the position of giving international investment advice and representation without all of the necessary background and information.

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Can private development rules trump public planning policies?

Developers often want to “lock-in” the value of the amenity and design of a new development, such as in a commercial precinct or new suburb. Similarly, residents of a street or suburb often wish they had some way of controlling what their neighbours do on surrounding blocks of land.

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Australia’s agribusiness future – Government wants thought for food

Australia’s Minister for Agriculture recently stated that “Australia’s future is one where we might not be a military superpower, we won’t necessarily be a superpower in other areas, but we will be a major Asian food power.” The Minister and the Government clearly see food, and agribusiness generally, as the next great frontier for the Australian economy and for international investment in this country.

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Security of payment in mining services – you’d better dig it

Security of payment has always been a vexed issue, for construction principals and for contractors alike. Legislative intervention in Queensland is now in place, and it has become clear that the extent of the intervention is much greater than clients and builders might have expected. Instead of being limited to payment disputes concerning traditional building projects, the laws attach to contracts for a wide range of goods and services, such as the installation of communication systems as well as the provision of architectural services.

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Queensland open for business – new coal exploration permits in the Bowen Basin

When the new federal government was elected in September, the new Prime Minster Tony Abbot declared that Australia was once again open for business and for new investment. In the wake of this announcement, the Queensland Government has announced new coal investment and exploration opportunities in the coal-rich Bowen Basin.

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Guide for international investment in agribusiness in Australia

Australia has a long history of international investment in agribusiness projects. International investors are a crucial part of the growth and success of Australian agribusiness projects and industry. Moulis Legal is very happy to provide this international investor guide to the Australian agribusiness industry. This guide is designed to provide international investors with an introduction to Australia’s agribusiness industry, to assist investors with investigating and preparing for their investment. Moulis Legal has a proud history of working with industry and investors in Australia and across Asia. Moulis Legal has the knowledge and experience to provide you with the necessary legal guidance to work towards making your investment into Australia a success. We invite you to contact us with your questions and we wish you all the best with your new investment.

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Australia’s new government – are foreign food investment fears unfounded?

Australia is “under new management”. The Liberal National Party (“the Coalition”) was elected as our new Government on 7 September 2013. In the lead up to the election the Coalition pledged to stimulate the agribusiness sector, with the aim of making Australia the “food bowl” of Asia.

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