Australia: Plan to introduce registry requirement for foreign owners of agricultural land

Measure #3881 | Published 8 Nov 2012 ▲

Description

On 24 October 2012, Australia announced plans to introduce a registry requirement for foreign owners of agricultural land. This plan is a reaction to several foreign acquisitions of agricultural land. If implemented, the measure increases administrative costs for foreign investors and is therefore regarded as discriminatory.

Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:

Question Result
Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?
Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?
Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?
Was such evidence identified?
Is such evidence publicly available?
Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?
Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?
Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?
Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?

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Date Discovered:

Implemented: No

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GTA Evaluation: Amber

Government Response:

Glossary of trade terms