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Australia: Summit Recommends Republic

(May 2, 2008) The Governance Session of the 2020 Summit (held April 19-20, 2008, in Canberra Australia) has recommended that Australia become a republic via a two-step process involving an initial plebiscite to ascertain whether or not Australia should relinquish ties to the United Kingdom and then a referendum to establish the model of the […]

Australia; China; France: Extradition Treaties

(May 2, 2008) On April 24, 2008, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China (PRC) ratified extradition treaties with France and Australia. Each treaty has 23 articles. The treaties cover, among other matters, extradition obligations, extraditable offenses, reasons that can be used and reasons that should be used […]

Australia: Foreign Sovereign Funds Subject to Scrutiny

(Mar. 2, 2008) The Australian government has released a set of principles by which it will assess foreign investment in Australia by foreign governments and their agencies. (Press Release, The Hon. Wayne Swan, Government Improves Transparency of Foreign Investment Screening Process (Feb. 17, 2008), available at

Australia: Inquest Rules Murder in Balibo Five Case

(Dec. 2, 2007) International media have reported a Sydney coroner court finding that the five Australian-based journalists known as the Balibo Five (two Australians, two Britons, and a New Zealander) were murdered in East Timor by Indonesian troops, to prevent the disclosure of the invasion of East Timor. The court found that the journalists were […]