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 There's always something happening at Calvados + Woolf Lawyers, and sometimes we just have to let it out.  If you keep coming back to this section, you will find:

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- legislative updates and changes (definitely boring but very useful);

- the odd random rant at everyday life;

- jokes, funny ones and sadly not;

- movie and restaurant reviews.

   

22 Aug 2017

Dual Citizenship and section 44 of the Constitution – A mess not of our making

The latest constitutional bugbear and High Court headache is whether or not some holders of public office are eligible to hold on to their positions given their dual citizenship status – regardless of whether they were in fact aware of their status prior to their entry into the Parliament.   Unfortunately, the relevant section of the Constitution, section 44 is as ambiguous as it is anachronistic and reads as a whole as follows:   COMMONWEALTH

Making sense of FIRB rules for foreign persons and investors

  Under Australia’s foreign investment framework, foreign persons generally need to apply for foreign investment approval before purchasing residential real estate in Australia. It is imperative that if you are a foreign individual you seek legal advice as to whether the rules administered by the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) apply to you as strict criminal and civil penalties may apply for breaches of the law, including disposal orders.   New dwellings and vacant land