Australia’s Labor government struck a deal with the opposition coalition to amend political party funding laws, agreeing to a new threshold for disclosure of donations to move long-stalled legislation through parliament.
Australia’s next prime minister will need proof of support from independent candidates to win approval by the governor general to form a government, or else the legislature will decide, a constitutional expert said.
Australia’s Governor General Quentin Bryce has asked the country’s solicitor general to advise her on whether a family link with a Labor Party powerbroker poses a conflict of interest in her role of appointing the next government.
The mayor of Sierra Leone’s capital city, Freetown, was sentenced to three years in jail or a 170 million-leone ($39,000) fine after he was found guilty of breaching procurement laws, High Court Justice John Bosco Katutsi said today.
Intellectual Ventures Management LLC, the patent-licensing firm that filed three patent- infringement suits against technology companies in December, has succeeded in getting counsel for one of the companies disqualified from the case.
Before she flew to London in early July with her Olympic teammates, Rafalca, whose chartered jet made use of the full length of the runway to ensure a gentle takeoff, stayed at Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, New Jersey.
Philip Morris International Inc., the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company, said an Australian proposal requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packages violates a treaty with Hong Kong and may cause billions of dollars in damages.
Australia is poised to become the first nation to require tobacco products to be sold in plain packages, a move that could see other countries follow suit and crimp earnings of companies like British American Tobacco Plc.