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Argentina seeks to double investment in mining sector

The Argentina government is working on a bill to establish a federal mining agreement to harmonise all existing legislation across the different provinces and with the federal government. After a year of intensive negotiations with the different provinces, the Argentine … Continue reading

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Reporting by extractive companies on government payments – early UK implementation from 1 January 2015

Two EU Directives were passed in 2013 which mandate annual reports on payments to governments by companies in the extractive industries which are incorporated or listed in the European Union. The UK government has issued its response paper following its … Continue reading

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Infrastructure charges reform: An update on changes and commencement

The provisions of the Sustainable Planning (Infrastructure Charges) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014 (Qld) (Amendment Act) which amended the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Qld) (SPA) and the South-East Queensland (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) Act 2009 (SEQ Water Act) commenced … Continue reading

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English High Court judgment in ongoing Zambian dispute

On 15 July 2014, the High Court in London handed down a further judgment in the ongoing dispute between Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and U&M Mining Zambia Ltd (U&M). KCM owns a number of mines on the Zambian copper belt. … Continue reading

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Building and Construction Industry Payments Amendment Bill 2014 (Qld)

On Wednesday, 21 May, the Queensland Government introduced the Building and Construction Industry Payments Amendment Bill 2014 (Qld) (Bill) to amend the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (Act) and referred it to an undisclosed Parliamentary Committee for … Continue reading

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The National Access Regime – Productivity Commission Final Report released

On 11 February 2014, the Federal Government released the Productivity Commission’s (PC) Final Report into the National Access Regime (Regime). In large part, the Final Report adopted the PC’s key recommendations set out in its Draft Report released in May … Continue reading

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Abbott Government announces a Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption

On Monday 10 February 2014 a Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption was announced. The terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption are expressed very broadly. The Prime Minister Tony Abbott has … Continue reading

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The Big Freeze

A major part of risk management when operating across national boundaries involves a carefully constructed dispute resolution mechanism. Such mechanisms are intended to confine disputes to mutually agreed jurisdictions and procedures (usually international arbitration in an acceptably ‘safe’ country). But … Continue reading

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