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Proposed Design and Place SEPP – creating further complexity in our planning system?
Insight 06 Apr 2021

The Explanation of Intended Effect for the proposed Design and Place SEPP, presently on public exhibition, signals major change to the assessment requirements for all development in NSW. Improving design outcomes in the built environment is important, but will the proposed SEPP be the right vehicle to achieve this objective, or will it add another layer to an already complex planning system? ...

ACCC's 2021 product safety priorities
Insight 30 Mar 2021

The ACCC announced its Product Safety Priorities for 2021, including: Button batteries, Quad bikes, Toppling furniture and infant sleeping products, and E-commerce and the Australian Product Safety Pledge. ...

Investor state arbitration and the environment: preparing for change in 2021 and beyond
Insight 15 Mar 2021

The overlap between international investment and environmental protection is expanding, eg with environmental protection provisions featuring in recent International Investment Agreements (IIAs) and international Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), and environment-related investor-state disputes. ...

The role of banking in the infrastructure-led recovery
Insight 09 Mar 2021

Banks have played, and will continue to play, a key role in not only supporting Australian individuals and businesses managing the effects of the pandemic, but also as a key capital provider in the investment of new infrastructure for a post-pandemic world. ...

NSW becomes the second Australian jurisdiction to pass a PFAS ban
Insight 02 Mar 2021

Knowledge of the risks posed by PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances), its behaviour in the environment and potential PFAS remediation options continue to evolve rapidly. Following South Australia's PFAS ban in 2018, New South Wales has just passed regulations to restrict the sale and use of PFAS firefighting foam. ...

$24m fine for criminal cartel charge; ACCC's interim report into digital advertising services; Kogan penalised for misleading discounts; and other developments
Insight 25 Feb 2021

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS fined $24m for criminal cartel charge; ACCC's interim report into digital advertising services; Kogan penalised for misleading discounts; Facebook and Onava allegedly mislead consumers; and Lorna Jane 'virus activewear' examined in court. ...

Frameworks for our networks
Insight 18 Feb 2021

The past two decades have seen major change in public transport in Australia and New Zealand. Our latest report aims to inform future policy development in the transport sector by providing governments and industry participants with a comprehensive review. ...

In defence of densification
Insight 11 Feb 2021

In modern times, Australian cities and many around the world have strived to achieve greater urban densification. This is a trend driven by both the prevailing wisdom of the times and by necessity. Suddenly, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised fundamental questions about urban density and its risks. ...

Immediate reforms recommended by Final EPBC Act Review Report
Insight 10 Feb 2021

The Final Report of the of the once-in-a-decade review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act) has identified new, legally enforceable National Environmental Standards, independent oversight and enforcement, and indigenous engagement as key actions ...

Overview of Australia's foreign investment approval (FIRB) regime
Insight 25 Jan 2021

Significant changes to Australia's foreign investment approval (FIRB) regime came into effect on 1 January 2021. Our FIRB experts have summarised the key information you need to know about how the new FIRB regime operates. ...