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Tabcorp fined $45 million

Gaming company Tabcorp has been fined $45 million for breaching anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing laws. The Federal Court found that Tabcorp broke the law on 108 occasions over five years. The fine imposed by the Federal Court is the highest civil penalty in Australian corporate history. The multi million dollar fine was handed down … Continue Reading

Fair Go vs First Amendment in Australia: bans to political donations by property developers survive constitutional challenge

If you’ve ever been to Australia, or are familiar with Australian politics, there is a good chance that you have heard the catch cry of the ‘fair go.’ For our non-Australian audience, this can be roughly translated to ‘equality of opportunity for all Australians’. As we all know, in the United States freedom of speech … Continue Reading

Australian Sports Coalition Makes Submission to Foreign Bribery Senate Inquiry

Australian Sports Coalition Makes Submission to Foreign Bribery Senate Inquiry The Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports Inc. (COMPPS) has made a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Foreign Bribery, calling for a federal legislative response to tackle the threat of local and cross-border match fixing in Australia. As sports betting in legal and … Continue Reading

Australian Federal Police (AFP) Launch Crackdown on Foreign Bribery by Corporates

The AFP’s new Fraud and Anti-Corruption Centre (FAC Centre) says it is ramping up investigations on foreign bribery, sending a clear warning that Australian companies with foreign operations need to get their house in order. FAC Centre Manager Commander Linda Champion recently told The Australian Financial Review that the AFP “started ramping up [their] efforts … Continue Reading

Review of Australian laws on bribery of a Commonwealth and foreign public official

The following is a guest post from associate Nicole Matraiin Squire Patton Boggs’ Perth, Australia office. The Australian Attorney General’s Department is looking to change some of the key points to Australia’s laws on bribery of a Commonwealth and foreign public official (found in Division 141 and 70 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth)). According … Continue Reading
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