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National Gas Regulatory Reform: introducing hydrogen and renewables
Insight 18 Oct 2021

On 20 August 2021, the Energy Ministers agreed that the national gas regulatory framework should be reviewed and amended to incorporate hydrogen and other renewables into the national gas network. This will facilitate the use of hydrogen, biomethane and other renewable gases within existing gas networks and natural gas appliances. ...

Honeysuckle and nib granted conditional authorisation; and other developments
Insight 19 Oct 2021

The ACCC authorises Honeysuckle Health and nib Health Funds to form a buying group; Bunnings' to acquire Beaumont Tiles; Microsoft to acquire Nuance Inc; Qantas and Emirates seek extension to cooperative agreement; ACCC to investiate Qube Logistic’s acquisition of Newcastle Agri Terminal; NSW and ACT unis permitted to collaborate on travel arrangements for the return of internationals students. ...

Water access for hydrogen projects: don't let your options dry up
Insight 25 Oct 2021

Australia's abundant renewable energy resources and existing infrastructure make it well placed to become a leading producer of green hydrogen. However, given Australia's scarce water resources, hydrogen producers may face challenges in securing reliable, long-term access to the volumes of water that will be required to support large-scale hydrogen projects. This Insight explores the issues that investors and developers need to consider in securing access to water for hydrogen projects in Australia, as interest in the industry continues to grow. ...

Signing documents in a pandemic
Insight 22 Oct 2021

The pandemic has focused minds on the need for law reform, to clarify that documents can be signed electronically, so that they are fully accepted in the market, and also to allow signatures to be witnessed remotely over audiovisual links. This timeline outlines the changes to legislation changes. ...

Captive to no one: Australian Government releases its Ransomware Action Plan
Insight 18 Oct 2021

The Department for Home Affairs has released the Australian Government's Ransomware Action Plan (the Plan). This development forms part of the Government's Cyber Strategy and is the latest in a series of actions taken by the Government to combat the escalating threat of ransomware and extortion. ...

Class Action Risk: Interim update
Insight 19 Oct 2021

2021 has been an unusual year in many respects and class actions have not been immune from both the pressures and distractions of COVID-19, and other challenges not linked to the pandemic. With nine months of the year behind us, a reasonably clear picture of class action activity is starting to take ...

Girt by sea: an Australian offshore renewables framework takes shape
Insight 15 Oct 2021

The positive Senate inquiry into the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill 2021 (the OEI Bill) suggests this legislation will be passed shortly. It represents a long-awaited step towards developing a regulatory framework and providing greater certainty for investors in offshore wind farm projects, as well as other forms of offshore electricity infrastructure. ...

Avoid, minimise, offset and adapt – greater scale helps Australian agriculture build climate resilience
Insight 14 Oct 2021

Over recent decades, the number of farmers in Australia has been decreasing and the size of farms has been increasing. According to the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, larger farms tend to be more profitable, invest more in innovation, and generate a higher rate of return on capital than smaller farms. ...

Allens advises Airservices Australia on telecommunication modernisation
News 12 Oct 2021

'We are really proud to have worked closely with Airservices Australia on such a significant modernisation program,' said lead Partner Phil O'Sullivan . 'The network is critical piece of technology ...

Seeking certainty during the energy transition
Insight 12 Oct 2021

There are several recommendations aimed at ensuring readiness for the retirement of ageing thermal generation in the Final Advice on the Post 2025 Market Design of the National Electricity Market (the NEM). In this Insight, we analyse two of the most important, and imminent, reforms. ...

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