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New Zealand: New Foreign Trust Disclosure Rules to be Developed Following Release of Panama Papers

On July 13, 2016, the New Zealand government released its response to recommendations that resulted from a review of the country’s foreign trust disclosure rules.  (Press Release, Bill English & Michael Woodhouse, Government to Adopt Shewan Recommendations, BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ (July 13, 2016); GOVERNMENT INQUIRY INTO FOREIGN TRUST DISCLOSURE RULES (Inquiry Report) (June 2016), Treasury website.)  The […]

New Zealand: Government Consulting on Proposed Patent Term Extension Regulations

(July 15, 2016) On July 11, 2016, the New Zealand Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Paul Goldsmith, announced the release of a consultation document on proposed regulations for patent term extensions.  (Press Release, Paul Goldsmith, Consultation on Patent Term Extensions (July 11, 2016), BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ.) The regulations will implement specific intellectual property provisions in the […]

Australia: New South Wales Government Announces Greyhound Racing Ban

On July 7, 2016, the New South Wales premier, Mike Baird, announced that a state ban on greyhound racing would come into effect on July 1, 2017, making New South Wales (NSW) the first Australian state to ban the sport.  (Press Release, NSW Government, Greyhound Racing to Be Shut Down in NSW (July 7, 2016), […]

Malaysia: Cases Involving Charges Related to Supporting Islamic State

(July 5, 2016) In recent months there have been several reports of charges being brought against people in Malaysia for activities related to their alleged support for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also referred to as the Islamic State or ISIS).  The majority of the charges involve terrorism-related offenses under chapter IVA […]

New Zealand: Two Men Sentenced for Possession of ISIS Material

(June 24, 2016) On June 23, 2016, in two separate cases, New Zealand’s Auckland District Court sentenced two men for offenses that included possession of videos produced by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also referred to as ISIS).  The cases were the first of this kind in the country.  The charges against the […]

New Zealand: Annual Refugee Quota Increased

(June 15, 2016) On June 13, 2016, the New Zealand government announced that it will increase the country’s annual refugee quota from 750 to 1,000 places from the start of the 2018 fiscal year, which begins April 1, 2018.  (Press Release, Michael Woodhouse, Govt Announces Increase to Refugee Quota (June 13, 2016), BEEHIVE.GOVT.NZ.)  The refugee […]

New Zealand: Draft Regulations on Plain Packaging of Cigarettes Released

(June 2, 2016) On May 31, 2016, the New Zealand Ministry of Health released draft regulations that would implement the Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill, which is currently being considered by the Parliament.  (Standardised Tobacco Products and Packaging Draft Regulations, Ministry of Health website (May 31, 2016); Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment […]

Vanuatu: Amendments to Reserve Seats in Parliament for Women to Be Introduced

(May 27, 2016) On May 20, 2016, the Vanuatu Minister of Justice, Ronald Warsal, stated in a radio interview that the government would introduce a bill that would reserve a certain number of seats for women in the Parliament.  (Michael Walsh, Vanuatu Paves Way for Women’s Seats in Parliament, ABC NEWS (May 20, 2016).)  The […]

Australia/Papua New Guinea: Supreme Court Rules Asylum-Seeker Detention Is Unconstitutional

(May 2, 2016) On April 26, 2016, the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court ruled that the detention of asylum seekers at a facility on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, which was established under an arrangement with Australia, is a breach of their right to personal liberty under the Papua New Guinea Constitution. (Namah v Pato [2016] […]

Australia: Changes to Senate Electoral Law Passed Following Overnight Debate

(Mar. 28, 2016) On March 18, 2016, the Australian Parliament passed the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016, which makes changes to the voting system used to elect Senators under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.  (Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016, Parliament of Australia website (last visited Mar. 18, 2016); Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Act 2016 (Cth), amending […]