Mining and Oil and Gas

Moreton Resources Limited v Innovation and Science Australia [2019] FCAFC

July 25th, 2019

This matter has been appealed to the Federal Court. Introduction: A recent decision has been handed down by the Full Federal Court in the case Moreton Resources Limited v Innovation and Science Australia [2019] FCAFC 120. The decision is still subject to appeal however shows clarification in disputes with existing R&D technology at new sites. Background: A previous AAT decision in September 2018 had determined that R&D Activities registered by Moreton Resources Limited were not R&D Activities in accordance with […]

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Moreton Resources’ R&D Activities Affirmed As Ineligible

September 14th, 2018

On 12 September 2018, Moreton Resources Ltd announced on the ASX that the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) recently affirmed a decision by Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) that registered R&D activities were not eligible. This was decided on the basis that underground coal gasification is a known and proven technology and is therefore not considered a research and development activity, as defined by the 1997 Income Tax Assessment Act. The AAT have issued an amended assessment for $9M. Moreton Resources […]

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A Future with Robots

September 12th, 2016

Bigger Better Faster Stronger One of the greatest strengths of the human race is our continual practice of innovation – we are always creating newer, better, faster and safer ways of completing the tasks and challenges we face. As robots have become a major topic of conversation many have begun to wonder; will robots be another success for humanity or a colossal disaster? Well, first we must determine what exactly is meant by the term robot. A robot is a […]

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Budget Breakdown: Key Considerations for the R&D Tax Incentive

May 4th, 2016

Over the last twelve months there has been substantial activity in respect to the research and development (R&D) tax incentive with various announcements broadcasted by the government and a declaration of a review of the programme. As a result, the discourse of business and government in Australia is rife with mentions to innovation, disruption and dexterity.  Last night, the treasury announced the 2016-2017 budget, signifying a major step in making Turnbull’s innovation goals a reality. In light of this, the […]

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