Parliament Ratifies ASEAN Charter (Dec. 03, 2008) by Lisa White

ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations consisting of ten nation states, has issued a press release stating that Indonesia has ratified the ASEAN Charter. ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Indonesia

Former Prime Minister Found Guilty (Oct. 28, 2008) by Lisa White

Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: Thailand

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Oct. 27, 2008) by Lisa White

The Climate Change (Emissions Trading) Amendment Act 2008 recently received royal assent. This legislation introduces a greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme under which participants (large emitters ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Ban on Short Selling Extended (Oct. 27, 2008) by Lisa White

Australia's corporate regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), has extended its ban on covered short selling for financial securities until January 27, 2009, and ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: Australia

Challenge to 2006 Coup Dismissed (Oct. 24, 2008) by Lisa White

It was reported on October 9, 2008, that Fiji's High Court dismissed a challenge to the actions of President Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu Uluivuda after the 2006 ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Fiji

Amendments to Stock Market and Banking Regulations in Response to Liquidity Issues (Oct. 15, 2008) by Lisa White

Media sources have reported temporary amendments to Indonesian stock market and banking regulations. These amendments include: permitting companies to buy back 20 percent of their paid-up ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: Indonesia

Amendment to Allow Lesbian Mothers'; Names on Birth Certificates (Sep. 29, 2008) by Lisa White

The Parliament of New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has passed the Miscellaneous Acts Amendment (Same Sex Relationships) Act 2008 (NSW). The Act permits existing ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Australia

New National Transplant Authority (Sep. 29, 2008) by Lisa White

The Australian government has proposed new legislation, the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Bill 2008, to establish an independent Organ and Tissue Donation ...

Topic: Organ and tissue donation and transplantation
Jurisdiction: Australia

New Foreign Investment Regulations (Sep. 29, 2008) by Lisa White

Fiji has introduced new regulations regarding foreign investment that place restrictions on foreign investors participating in "restricted activities" (that is, investment activities subject to conditions, should ...

Topic: Foreign investment
Jurisdiction: Fiji

Draft Children's Television Standards 2008 (Sep. 08, 2008) by Lisa White

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is undertaking a review of the current Children's Television Standards 2005 and has released a draft set of standards. Australia ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Australia

Introduction of Seasonal Worker Program (Aug. 29, 2008) by Lisa White

Australia is introducing a three-year Seasonal Worker Pilot Program, under which workers from Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, and Vanuatumay work for up to seven months ...

Topic: Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: Australia

Mutual Recognition of Securities Regulation Arrangement (Aug. 29, 2008) by Lisa White

Australia and the United States have signed a mutual recognition arrangement regarding recognition of financial services regulation. This arrangement will permit investors and brokers to comply ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Australia; United States

New Companies Act Introduced (Aug. 29, 2008) by Lisa White

Samoa has introduced a new company law regime via the implementation of the Companies Act 2001. Commencing from July 2008, the new Act is a simplified ...

Topic: Corporations
Jurisdiction: Samoa

Chiefs Seek to Dissolve Elected Parliament (Jul. 02, 2008) by Lisa White

Media reports stated recently that traditional Chiefs of the Cook Islands (members of the House of Ariki) are meeting in an attempt to resolve questions surrounding ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Cook Islands

Carbon Trading Agreement (Jul. 02, 2008) by Lisa White

On June 13, 2008, Australia and Indonesia signed a new Indonesia - Australia Forest Carbon Partnership to support emerging ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: Australia; Indonesia

Supreme Court Investigated for Corruption (Jul. 02, 2008) by Lisa White

Media reports have indicated that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission has commenced an investigation into the embezzlement of administrative fees by the Supreme Court. It is reported ...

Topic: Government ethics and transparency
Jurisdiction: Indonesia

Compulsory Dispute Resolution for All Parenting Orders (Jul. 02, 2008) by Lisa White

From July 1, 2008, all persons in Australia applying for a Parenting Order (Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) Pt VII) must attend family dispute resolution (other ...

Topic: Families
Jurisdiction: Australia

Mutual Recognition of Securities (Jul. 02, 2008) by Lisa White

From July 2008, New Zealand and Australia will implement a Mutual Recognition of Securities Offerings (MRSO) that will permit issuers to use a single prospectus to ...

Topic: Investments
Jurisdiction: Australia; New Zealand

2008-2009 Budget Passed (Jun. 02, 2008) by Lisa White

The Australian Parliament has passed six appropriations bills to implement the government's 2008-2009 budget. The budget will amend legislation to provide for, among other things:

andbull; amendments ...

Topic: Budget
Jurisdiction: Australia

Woman May Return to Buddhism (Jun. 02, 2008) by Lisa White

News media agencies have reported that the Sharia court of the Malaysian State of Penang has ruled that a Malaysian woman who converted to Islam may ...

Topic: Church and state relations
Jurisdiction: Malaysia

Securities Prosecution to Be Funded (Jun. 02, 2008) by Lisa White

It was announced on May 21, 2008, that the New Zealand government is implementing amendments to permit the use of the Securities Commission's Litigation Fund for ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

Former Khmer Rouge Minister Charged with Crimes Against Humanity (Jun. 02, 2008) by Lisa White

Ieng Thirith, the former Khmer Rouge Social Affairs Minister, has been charged by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) with crimes against humanity ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Cambodia

Introduction of New Cyber Law (May. 02, 2008) by Lisa White

The People's Representative Council of Indonesia has passed the new Law on Electronic Information and Transaction that bans pornographic Web sites and imposes prison sentences and ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Indonesia

Summit Recommends Republic (May. 02, 2008) by Lisa White

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 ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Australia

Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement (May. 02, 2008) by Lisa White

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government and the Republic of Indonesia signed the Agreement Concerning Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (MLA) on April ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Hong Kong; Indonesia

Free Trade Agreement (May. 02, 2008) by Lisa White

On April 7, 2008, New Zealand and China signed a free trade agreement (FTA). The FTA covers:

andbull; staggered removal of tariffs on 96% ...

Topic: Commerce
Jurisdiction: China; New Zealand

Foreign Sovereign Funds Subject to Scrutiny (Mar. 02, 2008) by Lisa White

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, ...

Topic: Foreign investment
Jurisdiction: Australia

Introduction of Freedom of Information Legislation (Mar. 02, 2008) by Lisa White

The Cook Islands has become the first Pacific Island country to enact Freedom of Information legislation. The Cook Islands Official Information Act will come into force ...

Topic: Freedom of information
Jurisdiction: Cook Islands

Inquest Rules Murder in Balibo Five Case (Dec. 02, 2007) by Lisa White

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 ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Australia

Ban on Harvesting Sea Cucumbers and Clams (Dec. 02, 2007) by Lisa White

According to a media report of November 12, 2007, Vanuatu's Fisheries Department has issued a maximum five-year ban on sea-cucumber harvesting and a total ban on ...

Topic: Environmental protection
Jurisdiction: Vanuatu

Charter Signed (Dec. 02, 2007) by Lisa White

During their 13th summit, held from November 18-22, 2007, Members of ASEAN (the Association of South East Asian Nations, consisting of Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: ASEAN

Genocide Tribunal Has First Hearing (Dec. 02, 2007) by Lisa White

International media have reported the first public hearing of the Genocide Tribunal of Cambodia. It was a request for bail by Kang Kek Ieu, the former ...

Topic: Human rights
Jurisdiction: Cambodia

Parliament Scheduled (Dec. 02, 2007) by Lisa White

The SOLOMON TIMES has reported that the Governor-General, Sir Nathanial Waena, issued a proclamation scheduling a parliamentary session. The Solomon Islands is currently at a political ...

Topic: Legislative power
Jurisdiction: Solomon Islands

New Anti-Money Laundering Laws (Dec. 02, 2007) by Lisa White

Samoa has enacted new anti-money laundering legislation. This includes:

Topic: Money laundering
Jurisdiction: Samoa

Proposal to Amend Terrorism Suppression Bill (Dec. 02, 2007) by Lisa White

A bill to amend the Terrorism Suppression Amendment Act has been introduced in the New Zealand Parliament. The Terrorism Suppression Amendment Bill 2007 will ensure compliance ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: New Zealand

New Building Laws Proposed (Dec. 02, 2007) by Lisa White

The Hong Kong Government has proposed an amendment to the Buildings Ordinance to introduce a system for the approval of minor works. Currently all building works ...

Topic: Commerce
Jurisdiction: Hong Kong

Extension of Free Education (Nov. 02, 2007) by Lisa White

The Hong Kong government announced on October 10, 2007, a new policy that will provide twelve years of free school education beginning from the 2008-2009 school ...

Topic: Education
Jurisdiction: Hong Kong

Independence Rejected (Nov. 02, 2007) by Lisa White

Tokelau, a small country consisting of three islands in the Pacific Ocean, has rejected proposed independence in a United Nations-observed referendum. A two-thirds majority of voters ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Tokelau

Ruling Permits Publication of Any Government Information (Nov. 02, 2007) by Lisa White

According to a media report of October 19, 2007, a recent Fiji High Court decision permits Fiji media the freedom to publish any government or statutory ...

Topic: Freedom of information
Jurisdiction: Fiji

Environmental Activists Cannot Be Charged Under Anti-Terrorism Laws (Nov. 02, 2007) by Lisa White

In a public statement made on November 8, 2007, New Zealand's solicitor-general Dr. David Collins QC declined to authorize charging recently arrested environmental activists under the ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: New Zealand