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A snapshot of the Asian Century White Paper

Thriving in the Asian Century will require a clear plan to seize the opportunities it will bring.

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Islamic finance in Australia Part 2 - Islamic finance opportunities Down Under

This is the second instalment in a series of articles looking at Islamic finance as an emerging opportunity on the Australian financial services landscape.

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Engaging with Asia: Are Australia’s law firms ready?

While opportunity abounds for Australia’s law firms to capitalise on growing trade and investment flows, success will be elusive in the absence of proper engagement.

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Islamic finance in Australia Part 3 - What’s stopping Islamic finance flourishing down under and what must be done

Apathy and a lack of understanding are stopping Australia rising to become an important Islamic finance hub in Asia Pacific.

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Reform in China

The world watches reform in China closely. Some perceive that slower economic growth has an impact on reform. Is there a trade-off between the two?

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Telecommunications, regulation and opportunity in Myanmar

Australia has much to offer as Asia travels its journey of industrialisation, urbanisation and growth.

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Managed funds in the Asian Century - A real opportunity for Australia?

Australia may have missed the opportunity to become the Asia Pacific financial services hub, but not the beacon of best practice.

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Capabilities - The key to connection

The Asian Century White Paper sets 25 national goals, but two stand out. The connections we make with Asia and the capabilities we need to do that.

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Just how good is your anti-corruption and bribery policy? Will it save you from Court?

Companies must protect themselves with a robust anti-corruption and bribery program that if needed will stand up to investigation and prosecution.

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Are the retrospective transfer pricing measures unconstitutional?

The Government’s willingness to introduce tax laws with retrospective effect creates fertile ground for a constitutional challenge.

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Balanced growth in China

China's growth has been born out of market imbalances. So what does it mean for China to have a goal of balanced growth?

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A win for common sense not a blow to continuous disclosure but perhaps its time for a new way forward...

The Fortescue decision throws doubt on whether ASIC is the right body to make decisions about continuous disclosure.

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Kate Middleton obtains injunction in relation to topless photos - But can the Palace contain further publication of the images in the digital age?

The unauthorised pictures of the Duchess come at a time of renewed debate on privacy laws in the UK and when privacy reform in Australia is imminent.

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Shareholder engagement - Has the AGM had its day?

Annual general meetings are on the brink of being made optional. But will they really be scrapped?

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Old habits die hard - Building information modelling saves time and money, so why is it being ignored?

Realising the power of Building Information Modelling requires a rethink of construction contracts.

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Renewable Energy: Is 20% by 2020 really achievable?

The NSW Government is committed to 20% renewable energy by 2020 but are the State’s environmental and planning laws a roadblock to renewable energy development?

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China and India

Analysts often liken China and India in terms of growth. But the two are growing differently. Are there lessons here?

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Investing in Africa via Australia - Why it makes sense

Chinese investors are seeking out Australian mining companies with African operations as a simplified way to access Africa’s mineral wealth. Because Australian miners have a valuable asset, too - a good reputation.

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Communities pay for polluters in Queensland

Queensland’s State Government is seeking to deregulate a raft of polluting industrial activities, leaving local councils to pay for the clean up.

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Surfing the wave of the Asian Century

Opinion piece published in The Australian on Saturday 27 October by Asian Century White Paper panel member and Corrs CEO John W. H. Denton.

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