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South Australian planning reforms now in full force

South Australian planning reforms now in full force

On 19 March 2021, South Australia completed its most significant planning reforms in more than 25 years, with the full commencement of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act...

25 March 2021

China’s 14th Five-Year Plan — Key takeaways for financial services

On 12 March 2021, China released its much-anticipated economic and social development blueprint for the next five years and beyond – the ‘Outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan...

22 March 2021

China’s 14th Five-Year Plan: a blueprint for growth in complex times

China’s annual National People’s Congress parliamentary session will take place in March to approve the country’s social and economic development plans for the period 2021-25.

09 February 2021
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Briefing note for state of emergency in Myanmar

On February 1, Myanmar’s military-owned Myawaddy TV announced that a state of emergency would be imposed in accordance with Articles 417 and 418 of the 2008 Constitution of...

05 February 2021

Planning Minister bans external cladding products in Victoria

As foreshadowed in our May 2020 article, the Victorian Planning Minister has now prohibited the use of certain external wall cladding products in the construction of multi-storey buildings....

20 January 2021

Pre-COVID FIRB Thresholds to be Reinstated on 1 January 2021

Late on 9 December 2020, the Treasurer announced that the current $0 monetary screening thresholds for FIRB applications will be lifted on 1 January 2021, resulting for the...

11 December 2020

Cladding Safety Victoria Bill 2020: Sparking change to combustible cladding in Victoria

Following the fires at Grenfell Tower in London and at the Lacrosse Building in Melbourne, the Victorian Government has sought to develop policy solutions to rectify the dangerous...

12 November 2020

COVID-19 enhances risks of bribery and corruption

COVID-19 has caused economic hardship for companies around the globe and has required many to act quickly in order to ensure supply of in-demand goods or services. ...

28 October 2020

Major tax success for utilities: appeal judgment handed down in Victoria Power Networks

The Full Federal Court handed down its decision in Victoria Power Networks Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation on 21 October 2020, with a unanimous decision to...

28 October 2020

Queensland COVID-19 relief for tenants – extended, but with two key changes

Queensland’s Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 (Regulations) has been amended – extending its effect to the months of October, November and...

28 October 2020

COVID-19 economic recovery in Melbourne - planning scheme amendment introduced to assist the Victorian hospitality industry

On 21 October 2020, the Victorian Minister for Planning introduced further temporary changes to provide greater flexibility to the hospitality industry.

27 October 2020

Extension of Commercial Tenancies Declaration

On 10 September 2020 the ACT Government announced the extension of the Leases (Commercial and Retail) COVID-19 Declaration 2020 to assist commercial tenants affected by the pandemic and...

15 September 2020

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