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  • Changes to the Foreign Investment Review Board tax conditions

    Posted 10/06/2016 by Jaan Murphy
    In February 2014, Treasurer Joe Hockey stated that the tax affairs of foreign investors would be taken into account when foreign investment proposals were considered by the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). In February 2016, the Government announced that conditions aimed at ensuring ‘multinational companies investing in Australia pay tax here on what they earn’ would be applied by the FIRB to foreign investment proposals. Following consultations between Treasury, the Australia... Read more...

    TAGS: regulation, taxation, Australian economy

  • Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission refuses access to union membership records

    Posted 19/05/2016 by Jaan Murphy
    On 11 May 2016, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) overturned the FWC General Manager's (GM) decision to authorise two FWC employees to inspect the membership records of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) for the purposes of aiding an investigation by the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate (FWBII). The Full Bench held that the GM’s decision was an invalid exercise of the power conferred by the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) ... Read more...

    TAGS: Fair Work Act, industrial relations, regulation, trade unions

  • Reducing Red Tape in the public service 2: legislation

    Posted 21/12/2015 by Philip Hamilton

    The recent Belcher Red Tape review made 134 recommendations. This second FlagPost on the Red Tape review provides summary information about recommendations likely to require legislative amendments.

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    TAGS: Australian Public Service, public service reform, accountability, regulation, Parliament, administrative law

  • Reducing Red Tape in the public service 1: committees and the Senate

    Posted 21/12/2015 by Philip Hamilton

    'This needs a sledgehammer,' I declared. 'We must cut through the red tape.' ... Bernard piped up again. 'You can't cut tape with a sledgehammer, it would just...' and then he made a sort of squashing gesture.

    Rather than Jim Hacker’s sledgehammer in Yes, Minister,  the recommendations of a recent review of Red Tape in the Commonwealth public service evoke the accuracy and precision of a scalpel. The vast majority of the review’s 134 recommendations can be implemented administratively within the public service. However, full implementation of about 10 per cent of the recommendations will require action by the Parliament. This FlagPost provides summary information about recommendations that will require consideration by a parliamentary committee or the Senate; a separate FlagPost discusses recommendations that will require legislative amendment.
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    TAGS: Australian Public Service, public service reform, accountability, regulation, Senate,

  • Tertiary education providers—more regulation for some and less regulation for others

    Posted 14/12/2015 by James Griffiths

    In the last sitting week of Parliament for the year, the Government changed regulatory requirements for tertiary education providers with the passage of the Education Services for Overseas Students (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015, and the Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Bill 2015. It is timely to take stock of Australia’s fragmented approach to the regulation of the tertiary education sector.

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    TAGS: higher education, vocational education and training, tertiary education, regulation, universities, TAFE

  • The National Food Plan: food policy or something else?

    Posted 17/07/2013 by Rob Dossor
    The Australian Government released the National Food Plan White Paper (the Paper) on 25 May 2013. At the time the then Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry said ‘For the first time, Australia’s food businesses and consumers have a road map for the future…’ The Paper, however, is not about food for Australians; it has minimal focus on what Australians eat, or food processing in Australia. It is more an export plan, particularly for Australian producers.What’s in the National Food Plan... Read more...

    TAGS: Australia in the Asian Century, Department of Agriculture, export, Fisheries and Forestry, food, food labelling, Productivity Commission, regulation, vocational education and training

  • Government’s approach to policy development criticised in formal review

    Posted 12/10/2012 by Daniel Weight
    On 11 October 2012, the Government released the Independent Review of the Australian Government’s Regulatory Impact Analysis Process and its preliminary response. The Review provides a broad overview of the Government’s current policy development processes.The Review was conducted by Mr David Borthwick AO PSM and Mr Robert Milliner, and took aim at many facets of the Government’s policy development processes, including the public service, ministers, and adherence to Cabinet processes. It made ... Read more...

    TAGS: deregulation, Regulation Impact Statements

  • Australia New Zealand Therapeutics Agency - possible challenges ahead?

    Posted 7/07/2011 by Rebecca de Boer
     One of the announcements coinciding with the Prime Minister of New Zealand’s visit to Australia was the establishment of the Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency. This will be a joint agency that regulates therapeutic goods, replacing the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia and Medsafe in New Zealand (NZ). Implementation will be progressive with ‘information sharing’ to commence from July 2011. It is expected the new agency will be fully oper... Read more...

    TAGS: regulation, therapeutic goods, Therapeutic Goods Administration

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