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Business critical investment issue – can you get your money out of China?

Against the backdrop of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (“CHAFTA”), an increasing number of Australian businesses are investing in the Chinese market, especially in the growing area of professional services. Traditionally one of the biggest challenges for foreign investors into China has been getting profits and payments past the labyrinth of China’s financial, taxation and exchange regulations. 

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Heritage approvals get modernised in Canberra

Owners and developers of heritage-listed properties in the Australian Capital Territory can now undertake minor development under a very much streamlined approval process. Changes to procedures introduced by the ACT Government in September, now in effect, allow owners of heritage sites to pursue minor developments without a development application (“DA”) if, in the opinion of the ACT Heritage Council, the development proposal is of no significance to the existing heritage values of the site. 

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ChAFTA and what it means for Canberra

If Canberra wants a slice of the money expected to flow from the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (“ChAFTA”) it will have to ramp up its efforts to sell its attractiveness as a place to invest, especially in the property market.

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Aggressive anti-dumping protection – the dark side of Australia’s FTA romance

Australia’s signing of recent free trade agreements (“FTAs”) with China, Japan and South Korea, and the reportedly concluded but as yet unseen Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“the TPP”), have put trade back in the centre of Australia’s policy and economic dialogue. A major topic of that debate is trade protection. With tariffs being reduced to zero or next to zero across almost all goods from our major trading partners, the role of ordinary tariffs as an instrument of protection, or of long term adjustment, has disappeared. Australian industry, although being enhanced in an outgoing sense, is now more fully exposed to international price competition than it has ever been.

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Pretty vacant land and universities – Canberra land less “freehold” than before

The ACT has a Crown leasing system of land ownership. It has always had unique features, but the ACT Government has gone to great lengths to create and emphasise similarities with land title and land dealings in freehold jurisdictions.

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Australia has a new leader – will ChAFTA continue to be supported?

On 14 September 2015 the Australian Liberal Party voted to remove the Hon Tony Abbott as leader of the Australian Liberal Party and to replace him with the Hon Malcolm Turnbull. As a result, Malcolm Turnbull will today become the new Prime Minister of Australia.

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Business guide to contaminated land in Western Australia

Contaminated land is a critical issue for all businesses that use or impact on land, or operate environmentally sensitive operations. Land holders, land purchasers and sellers and business operators need to be aware of their obligations and liabilities or they may find themselves liable for not only extensive remediation work but also for heavy penalties and compensation claims.

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Podcast: Dispute resolution in China

Moulis Legal’s Christopher Hewitt, Emily Jennings and Macky Markar discuss how Australian businesses can resolve disputes in China using legal, administrative and commercial strategies.

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Business guide to contaminated land in Victoria and the ACT

Compliance with contaminated land regulations is a critical issue for all businesses operating environmentally sensitive operations. Business owners and operators within the downstream petroleum industry are particularly vulnerable to contaminated land liability and those who fail to understand their obligations may find themselves liable for not only extensive remediation work but also for heavy penalties.

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Business guide to contaminated land in New South Wales

Contaminated land is a critical issue for land holders, purchasers, sellers, business operators and developers of land, particularly those with environmentally sensitive operations. Contamination liability has the potential to make an otherwise attractive investment or business commercially unviable.

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