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It’s taken a year, but the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2017 has progressed to the next stage with a raft of Government amendments passed by the Senate.  Here’s a summary of what’s changed in the Government’s whistleblower reform package, which now goes to the House of Representatives.


One year after announcing that the Government would replace the USO contract with Telstra with a modernised Universal Service Guarantee (USG) by 2020, guaranteeing access to broadband as well as voice services, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has released a summary report outlining the Government’s proposals for delivery of the scheme. Click below to read our full report.


On 5 December 2018, the second last parliamentary sitting day of the year, the Federal Government introduced the Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2018 (the Bill), which aims to implement the Government’s so-called ‘big stick’ energy reforms. 

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On 25 May 2018, the European Union welcomed the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This article reflects on our learnings over the past half year: how we have seen Australian organisations manage their compliance obligations, some of the intended and unintended consequences we have seen the GDPR have, and what we might expect to see in the coming months and years.


The Federal Government has recently published a discussion paper titled ‘Decommissioning Offshore Petroleum Infrastructure in Commonwealth Waters’. The discussion paper provides an overview of the current decommissioning framework for offshore petroleum infrastructure in Commonwealth waters and identifies several areas for potential reform.


At the 2018 Annual RBB Economics Conference last Thursday, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims delivered an important speech that highlighted Australia’s position on competition law in light of the current “hipster antitrust” debate.

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Gilbert + Tobin acted as Australian legal counsel to Yancoal on the company’s dual primary listing (HK Listing) today on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) and the associated initial public offering (IPO) of its shares to raise HK$1.605 billion. This is the first dual primary listing of a company on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) and HKEx.


Gilbert + Tobin has advised Tilt Renewables Limited (Tilt Renewables) on the financing of the Dundonnell Wind Farm in Victoria, a project worth A$560 million. This is the first project to reach financial close under a Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme Support Agreement.


G+T today announced a suite of new initiatives to further accelerate its progress towards building a diverse and inclusive workforce. The firm is taking action to address barriers to women’s full participation in the workforce and help play a role in improving the representation of women in senior leadership across the legal profession.


The Law Society of NSW, with support from Gilbert + Tobin, is marking the centenary of women in the law with a campaign and video that aims to celebrate the enormous contribution women have made to the legal profession and to inspire the next generation of women lawyers to continue this legacy.



The Northern Beaches Hospital reaches operational readiness today, after almost four years of construction. Gilbert + Tobin advised Healthscope on the State concession structuring, design, build, finance, operation and maintenance contracts for this ground-breaking public and private hospital. The hospital is one of the more significant investments in health infrastructure in recent times, and the first of its kind in terms of delivery model and payment structure.


Gilbert + Tobin is pleased to have advised the syndicate of banks on funding for Stage 1 of Pacific Hydro’s Haughton Solar Farm Project. The project is located in central Queensland’s Burdekin Shire, about 40km west of Ayr and 60km south of Townsville.