A New Year, a new beginning, and a new foreign investment regime

On 5 June 2020, the Treasurer announced major reforms to the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth) (FATA). The reforms are intended to strengthen the foreign investment framework and ensure that the framework keeps pace with emerging national security risks and global developments. On 18 September 2020, the Federal Government released exposure draft legislation […]

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ACCC seeks ban on unfair trading practices

On 10 December 2020 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) released its Perishable Agricultural Goods Inquiry Report (the Report). Purpose of the inquiry The ACCC’s inquiry into markets for the supply of perishable agricultural goods was conducted at the direction of the Commonwealth Treasurer, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP. The ACCC conducted a […]

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Doing Business in Australia

The revised 2020 edition of Gadens’ Doing Business in Australia guide provides foreign investors with an overview of the Australian business, economic and regulatory environment, and practical advice on how to go about setting up and doing business in Australia. The Australian Government welcomes foreign investment. With well-developed infrastructure, a stable political environment, a robust, […]

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Solar farm prevails over good quality agricultural land

In Mirani Solar Farm Pty Ltd v Mackay Regional Council & Anor [2018] QPEC 38, the Planning and Environment Court was required to determine whether a large scale solar farm development should be approved on land comprising Good Quality Agricultural Land (GQAL). The proposed solar farm was intended to be for a ‘limited’ period of […]

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Farm Debt Mediation Act 2018 (SA)

3 September 2018 marked the commencement of the Farm Debt Mediation Act 2018 (SA) (Act), to be administered by the South Australian Small Business Commissioner (Commissioner). The Act enshrines in law mandatory farm debt mediation, bringing South Australia into line with its eastern state counterparts – New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. The object of […]

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Approval of a subdivision of productive agricultural or rural land in Mothar Mountain

The Planning and Environment Court delivered a decision in the case of Wason v Gympie Regional Council [2017] QPEC 34, which involved an appeal by Lee Wason against the Gympie Regional Council’s decision to refuse a development application for a development permit for reconfiguring a lot (1 into 2) on land located in Mothar Mountain. […]

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What’s the cost of motor cross?

The Planning and Environment Court delivered a decision in the case of Drywound Pty Ltd v Lockyer Valley Regional Council & Ors [2017] QPEC 4, which involved determining cross-applications made by the parties for costs.   Drywound Pty Ltd v Lockyer Valley Regional Council & Ors [2017] QPEC 4 – What’s the case about? The […]

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Insolvency Update | Small Business Loans Inquiry

The Report into the Bank’s small business lending practices has been released today by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell AO. Whilst concentrating on the Bank’s practices, some of the Report’s 15 recommendations have a direct bearing on the interaction of Insolvency Practitioners with their Banking clients. In particular, in relation […]

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