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Australian government seeking more efficient delivery of public sector functions through contestability
On Monday 15 December the Australian government announced its ‘Efficiency through Contestability Programme’, as part of the mid-year economic and financial outlook.
The federal government has confirmed there will be ‘single-sided’ reporting for Phase 3B entities.
There were a number of court decisions in Hong Kong this year that continue to demonstrate the court’s non-interventionist pro-arbitration approach.
This article outlines the draft guidelines and briefly looks at issues of specific concern to the construction industry in Hong Kong.
Judicial interpretation of the term ‘practical completion’ has settled its academic meaning but how it should apply in practice is far from certain.
Sometimes when an employer discovers a building defect, it would not be worthwhile for the employer to sue because the main contractor may not have the means to pay the awarded sum.
Following the Wein Review, the new Franchising Code of Conduct has been released and, assuming it is enacted, will take effect on 1 January 2015.
In November 2013, ASIC announced a review of its regulatory guide and class order for employee incentive schemes in the form of ASIC consultation paper CP 218.
The draft CPR report proposed establishing a new body to provide leadership and drive implementation of the evolving competition policy agenda.
High Court decision: the implied term of trust and confidence in employment contracts is not part of Australian law
Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Barker is a landmark decision — resolving the vexed issue of the existence and application of the implied term.
A common misconception for higher-education institutions is that tax is not an issue because they are charitable not-for-profits and therefore tax exempt.
As part of the higher-education funding reforms announced in the 2014–15 budget, the government announced that existing price caps on university fees will be removed.
This article looks at some of the relevant case law and sheds light on the principles involved in this particular challenge of statutory interpretation.
John Elias and Struan Lloyd share insights into how the new regime will apply to Australian entities and some of the issues that are likely to arise.
The draft CPR Report proposed guiding principles for a new intergovernmental agreement to establish choice and competition principles in human services.
The government announced an independent review of the integrity of the Subclass 457 programme on 25 February 2014.
To set the course for agricultural development, the government announced last year it would conduct a comprehensive analysis of the Australian agricultural industry.
The Competition Policy Review panel has recommended that the regulatory functions of the ACCC be spun off into a new national access and pricing regulator.
At the Competition Policy Review International Conference in Canberra on 23 October, partner Paul Schoff took part in a panel on Competition Laws and Regulatory Institutions.
Developing a multilateral instrument to modify bilateral tax treaties: OECD issues its paper on BEPS Action 15
Minter Ellison considers the main issues and options for taxation reform raised in the OECD’s new paper.