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Australia; Cook Islands: Tax Information Exchange Agreement Signed

(Nov. 17, 2009) On October 27, 2009, Australia and the Cook Islands signed a comprehensive tax information exchange agreement in Rarotonga. The agreement provides for the exchange of information on request in both criminal and civil tax matters. The two countries also signed an Additional Benefits Agreement that will result in greater technical assistance being […]

Cook Islands: Chiefs Seek to Dissolve Elected Parliament

(July 2, 2008) 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 the previous dismissal by the Chiefs of the Queen of New Zealand's representative and government. The legality of the proclamation effecting the dismissal is also being […]

Cook Islands: Introduction of Freedom of Information Legislation

(Mar. 2, 2008) 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 on February 11, 2009, one year after its enactment. In the Pacific region, Australia and New Zealand have freedom of information laws and Papua New Guinea's […]