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Survey finds strong support for immigration and multiculturalism (but not for asylum seekers arriving by boat)

A new report on social cohesion by the Scanlon Foundation presents some interesting findings concerning Australians’ attitudes to social cohesion, immigration and population issues. The survey is the only study of its kind in Australia, presenting comprehensive information on attitudes towards these issues over the last eight years.  Read more...

Whistle-blowing under the Border Force Act: Three months on

Despite both major political parties agreeing that the Border Force Bill 2015 (introduced into Parliament in February this year) would be dealt with as non-controversial legislation, since its commencement on 1 July 2015, it has proved to be anything but uncontroversial. Perhaps the most contentious aspect of the Border Force Act (the Act) has proved to be the secrecy provision contained in section 42 of the Act which provides that an ‘entrusted person’ commits an offence if they disclose ‘protected information’. Such an offence is punishable by a maximum two year term of imprisonment. However, there are a number of exceptions that can apply, most notably where the m... Read more...

Ireland announces a special tax rate for 'Knowledge Development Box'

Following the announcement regarding the new policy framework set out in the ‘Road Map for Ireland’s Tax Competitiveness’ as published in October 2014, the Irish government declared on 13 October 2015 that from next year it would cut the corporate tax rate to 6.25 per cent from the existing 12.5 per cent for revenues tied with companies’ patents and certain intellectual property (IP).  Read more...

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