March 2, 2016

Crowdfunding in Australia – not all bad news

A path for inclusion of different corporate structures into the new CSF regime appears to have been set. On 1 March 2016, the Senate Economics Legislation […]
February 24, 2016

If not a volumetric tax, then what?

On 20 December 2000 via the Excise Regulations 1925 (now Excise Regulation 2015), a ‘microbrewery’ rebate of 60% up to $10,000 was made available for independent […]
February 16, 2016

What is wrong with the alcohol taxation system?

Public health concerns, market inefficiencies, a wine glut, a growing distilling industry in Australia, emerging wine markets and a confusing tax system on alcohol… Previously, calls […]
February 11, 2016

Crowdfunding, co-operatives research and co-operative in practice

With the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Bill 2015 (CSF Bill) now before the Senate and the recent announcement that the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation […]
February 11, 2016

Update: Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Bill 2015

Yesterday, the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Bill 2015 passed the House of Representatives, with slight amendments. It will now be sent to the Senate. While the […]
February 9, 2016

Alcohol and tax, an unpalatable combination

Taxes are never popular, they can be hard to understand, poorly targeted and discourage innovation. Taxation of alcohol in Australia is one such example of this. […]
February 3, 2016

Why should Crowd Sourced Funding be made available to co-operatives?

As mentioned last week, co-operatives already have capital raising instruments available. We believe that Co-operative Capital Units (CCUs) structured as an equity instrument (as opposed to […]
January 28, 2016

Update on Australian Government’s $500 million National Water Infrastructure Development Fund – feasibility component

Applications have now closed for the current round of the Australian Government’s National Water Infrastructure Development Fund (NWIDF), which has a budget of $25 million and […]
January 28, 2016

Submissions invited on anti-competitive behaviour and the misuse of market power in agriculture: close 12 February 2016

The Australian Government is inviting submissions on anti-competitive behaviour and misuse of market power further to the recommendation by the Harper Review Panel to amend section […]
January 27, 2016

More agriculture counsellors for key export markets

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources announced on 26 January that five more agricultural counsellors have begun work in the export markets of Vietnam, Malaysia, […]
January 25, 2016

Crowd-sourced funding Bill opens capital prospects

Capital barriers removed Numerous reviews and policies documents have identified Crowd Sourced Funding (‘CSF’) as a way to improving innovation and increasing productivity. One of these […]
January 19, 2016

The co-operative conundrum: obtaining capital in a complex regulatory landscape

For organisations trying to raise capital, the introduction into the Commonwealth Parliament of the Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) Bill 2015 (‘the Bill’) late in 2015 is […]
January 10, 2016

New national database to promote investment in bioenergy industry

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency will contribute three million dollars in funding towards the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation which will assess the accessibility of […]
December 21, 2015

Kidston Project, Queensland

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency announced this week it will place $4 million into a hydroelectricity feasibility study that seeks to reinvent what was once the […]
December 21, 2015

Report: Inquiry into Onshore Unconventional Gas in Victoria

The Inquiry into Onshore Unconventional Gas in Victoria has been released earlier this month and is pending a response to the 15 recommendations from the Victorian State Government within […]
December 16, 2015

Adani’s Carmichael Mine Wins in the Queensland Land Court

Adani Mining Pty Ltd v Land Services of Coast and Country Inc & Ors [2015] QLC 48 The proposed Carmichael Mine, located in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, […]
December 15, 2015

COP21 UPDATE: Paris Agreement 2015

After more than two weeks of negotiations, a universal agreement has been produced from the Paris Climate Conference 2015. Nations have agreed to keep the warming […]
December 15, 2015

Northern Territory Gas Pipeline to Begin

The Northern Territory Government North East Gas Interconnector Pipeline (Special Provisions) Act 2015 (NT) received royal assent this week and will now work to facilitate the […]
December 15, 2015

Greater Sydney Commission Formed

The State Government has appointed its first Greater Sydney Commission following the introduction of the Greater Sydney Commission Act 2015 (NSW). The mandate of the Commission […]
December 11, 2015

Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has committed $22.8 million towards the development of a large scale solar farm on the fringe of the national energy grid […]
December 11, 2015

Senate Inquiry: Murray-Darling Basin Plan Update

This week the Select Committee on the Murray-Darling Basin has held public hearings in Goolwa and Renmark in South Australia. The Inquiry’s mandate is to report […]
December 11, 2015

Northern Australia Development Continues

The Federal Government is seeking private investment in the development of road infrastructure throughout the North of Australia as the region prepares for significant domestic and […]
December 11, 2015

Public Inquiry: Regulation of Agriculture

The Australian Government has established an inquiry into the regulatory burden on the agriculture industry. This includes the effect of regulations on the competitiveness and productivity […]
December 11, 2015

Economic Growth not Paralleled by Carbon Dioxide Emissions Growth

Despite economic growth in 2015, the year has not recorded rapid emission growth. The transitioning economy of China has demonstrated a simultaneous trend of emissions growth […]
December 8, 2015

WA Bill to Protect Community from Mining by Expanding Minister’s Discretion

Mining (Community Protection) Amendment Bill 2015 (WA) The Bill seeks to amend the Mining Act 1978 (WA) to provide for greater ministerial protections of communities vulnerable […]

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