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Monthly archive for September 2015

Additional Stamp Duty for Foreign Purchasers

When you buy or acquire a property in Victoria, you must pay land transfer duty (otherwise known as stamp duty) unless an exemption applies. The State Taxation Acts Amendment Act 2015 (Vic) amended the Duties Act 2000 (Vic), and consequently from 1 July 2015, a “foreign purchaser”

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Safe Haven Enterprise Visa

A Safe Haven Enterprise visa, allows a person to whom Australia is found to owe protection obligations, to stay in Australia for five years. This visa allows access to Medicare, social security benefits, job matching, short term counselling for torture or trauma, and for minors, access to

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Visa Cancellation – Eden v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

A recent decision of the Federal Court highlights that unfair visa cancellations can be fought in the courts on grounds of unreasonableness. In Eden v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Justice Logan, sitting in Brisbane, overturned (or “quashed”) a personal decision of the Assistant Minister for

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The Citizenship Bill Saga Continues…

The Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 is currently in the works, and will see dual nationals losing their citizenship if they have engaged in an act of terrorism. Leading constitutional lawyers, legal groups and the Australian Bar Association have warned the Government that this

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