PSEPHOLOGIST EDITION The Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong and Macau 香港及澳門澳洲商會
ISSUE 182, 2016
Australian Reflections: Federal Election 2016 y l u 2 J 16 20
Australia Focus: Australian Federal Budget 2016 - 2017
Committees in Action: COP21 and Beyond
Committees in Action: Marketing & Media Network A Brand New Start P.20
austcham news issue 182 03 Chamber Chatter
03 Membership eCard Benefit
05 Events Update 5 July - Cybersecurity risks and how to protect your business
06 Cover Story
Editorial Committee: Drew Waters Karen Wu Claire Reaburn
Australian Reflections: Federal Election 2016
16 Australia Focus
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Australian Federal Budget 2016-17
18 Macau Highlights
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19 Committees in Action
Sustainability Committee: COP21 and Beyond Marketing and Media Network: A Brand New Start
22 New Members
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Chairman's Column The Australian Federal Election is the main focus of this month’s AustCham News. I won’t comment too much in the lead-up to the Election except to note that while one might wish for all political parties in Australia to spend more time on policy and less time spruiking image, worrying about internal party matters, and obsessing about the next “minor win” in the war of words that the mainstream press gobbles up, Australia is doing a far sight better than many other nations in terms of having a debate of some substance over some (at least) policies that will matter a great deal to a great many in the electorate. Election talk aside, we have been working steadily to progress the proposed new Articles for the Chamber and, government approvals pending, I hope that we will be ready to present them to an EGM in September, or shortly thereafter. Proper notice will be sent to members in due course. Finally, I am honoured to have been re-elected as Chair of the Chamber. I congratulate Fiona Nott and Andrew Macintosh on becoming Deputy Chair’s, and I congratulate Darren Bowdern on being elected Treasurer, taking over from Andrew Macintosh. I am delighted to note that all positions had unanimous support. On behalf of all, heartfelt thanks to Melanie Nutbeam and Tom Corkhill for serving the Chamber so well for so long as deputies; both Melanie and Tom have chosen to take time out for other projects after longstanding service as deputies, and neither sought reelection as Deputy Chair. I hope that you will connect with the Chamber this month in some way, and that you will continue to share your views on how best the Chamber can serve you. Richard Petty firstname.lastname@example.org
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ow that summer has finally arrived, I find myself complaining about the heat, after an extended period of complaining about the cold and rain! It was put to me the other day, that we should adopt a dress code more like Singapore during the summer months rather than swelter in the convention of tie and jacket. I’d love to hear your views on that. Such a long election campaign has taken its toll on the Australian voting public it seems, so that the ever-changing polls have provided some of the most interesting parts to date. So much so, that some traditional pollsters have introduced alternative topics to promote additional interest in the main protagonists. It’s all looking surprisingly close, but we will be able to look back on the campaign, the results, and a newly formed Government at our Post Election Breakfast on 19th July. Reserve your seat now, as I’m sure the post-mortem will be humorous and lively. We were privileged to have HMAS Anzac visit Hong Kong on her way home to Sydney this month, and more so to have her Commander,
Across My Desk Belinda Wood, speak to our Women in Business Network in conjunction with The Women’s Foundation. Commander Wood engaged us with her vision of leadership in such close quarters, so similar to that of the corporate world with the exception of sending their staff into harms way. Thank you to the Consulate-General for making this possible, and to The Commonwealth Bank for the venue. The AustCham Mentor Programme kicks off this month with the much anticipated “Speed Matching” event at KPMG on the 28th. This is a great way for participants to mix and connect, and has provided some strong Mentor/Protégé pairings in the past. Unfortunately, ANZ is not able to support the programme this year, but I thank them for their longstanding commitment. This means that this high profile sponsorship opportunity exists with year-long exposure. Please contact Jason or me if your company would like to take advantage of this very visible programme. So! We go to an election on the 2nd with all sorts of possibilities. Perhaps I’ll see you at the polling booth? Drew Waters, Chief Executive
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A Letter from Canberra
I write, Australia is in day one of a 55 day double dissolution election campaign – one of the longest in our history. And, just hours ago, the 44th Parliament was officially prorogued. In the expectation an election was to be called on the weekend, much of last week’s Budget and Budget Reply parliamentary sitting was spent bidding farewell to retiring Members of Parliament, many of whom are long term and well known features on the Australian political landscape. One of them was the ‘Father Of The Parliament’, the Member for Berowra, Philip Ruddock. Philip has served the people of Berowra for an extraordinary 43 years and is the second longest serving member of the Australian parliament after William ‘Billy’ Hughes’ stint of 51 years. But Philip, who has been a tireless advocate on human rights, particularly against the death penalty, has no plans to kick up his heels and sign on for golf lessons. At 73, he will embark on a new chapter in his career as Australia’s first special envoy for human rights to the United Nations.
I discussed who might serve as co-chair in the 45th Parliament. Should I win re-election and again receive the honour of serving as co-chair, it’s comforting to know there is no shortage of talented and driven professionals who’ll help fill Philip’s sizeable shoes. With an election on its way, it’s important you know how you can vote overseas. All Australian citizens aged 18 years or over are required to enrol and vote in this election. For further information visit: http://www.aec.gov.au/Voting/ Ways_to_vote/overseas.htm Next month - news from the campaign trail. Gai Brodtmann MP, Federal Member for Canberra and Co-Convenor of Parliamentary Hong Kong Friendship Group
Over the life of this parliament, I have had the privilege of cochairing the Parliamentary Hong Kong Friendship Group with Philip. Many of you have probably met Philip on his visits to Hong Kong during his lengthy career, and knowing him, I’m sure you’ll be seeing him again. In the final hours of the sitting session, Philip and
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Federal Election 2016
Australian Reflections: 2
A Snapshot on Where the Parties Diverge on Policy Coalition
Cut the company tax rate to 27.5 per cent for businesses turning over up to $2 million per year, but maintain existing rates for larger businesses.
Won't support any cuts to the company tax rate.
Increase tax on contributions from 15-30 per cent for people earning more than $250,000. Tax superannuation earnings above $75,000 per annum at 15 per cent.
A sliding scale of tax on superannation based on income starting at 0 cents in the dollar for those earning less than $19,401 increasing to 32 cents for those on $180,001 onwards.
Introduce two emissions trading schemes: one for the electricity sector and one for other large emitters; a 45 per cent drop in carbon emissions on 2005 levels by 2030.
Put a price on carbon and a levy on coal exports; no Australian greenhouse gas emissions within a decade; no new coalfired power stations or coal mines.
Turn back boats where safe to do so; keep regional processing but increase oversight; increase humanitarian intake to 27,000 by 2025.
Raise humanitarian quota to 50,000 a year; close regional processing centres and bring detainees to Australia for processing.
Will fully fund the Gonksi changes, including the final two years at a cost of $4.5 billion.
Supports fully funding the final two years of the Gonksi changes at a cost of $4.5 billion.
Company Tax Cuts Cut the company tax rate to 27.5 per cent for businesses turning over up to $10 million per year, dropping to 25 per cent for all businesses by 2026.
Superannuation Increase tax on contributions from 15-30 per cent for people earning more than $250,000. Super balances over $1.6 million to be taxed at 15 per cent, and a $500,000 lifetime cap on after-tax contributions.
Climate Change A 28 per cent reduction on 2005 levels by 2030; continue $2.55 billion in Emissions Reduction Fund to encourage companies to reduce emissions.
Asylum Seekers Turn back boats; keep regional processing centres open; keep Temporary Protection Visas available.
School Funding Will only fund four years of the Gonski changes, however will provide $1.2 billion to the states for the final two years the program was due to run.
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Federal Election 2016 Coalition
Will lift the freeze on Medicare rebates, restoring indexed increases to account for inflation from January 2017.
Opposed the Government's decision to freeze rebates for four years, and the decision to extend this freeze until 2020.
Rely on Fair Work Commission to keep current levels, though not legislate to protect penalty rates.
Use legislation to keep penalty rates at current levels.
Will likely initially stick with the Coalition's plans, but prioritise FTTP, then upgrade the remaining elements after the network is finished.
Remain committed to fibre to the premises as outlined in Labor's original plans for the NBN.
Medicare Rebate Freeze Will extend its freeze on the indexation of Medicare rebates by another two years, in a measure expected to save $925 million.
Penalty rates Will adhere to any Fair Work Commission ruling; some MPs support cutting Sunday rates to Saturday levels for some industries.
The National Broadband Network Using a multi-technology mix, which includes the copper network, Optus TV cable, a satellite network, and some fibre to the premises [FTTP].
- Source and content taken from ABC.net
Polls: Preferred PM
Turnbull’s preferred PM rating has increased for the first time since November
Turnbull’s preferred PM rating has increased for the first time since November 42%
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PUP 0% Others
Two-party polling based on preference flow at the last election. The poll results are based on a national survey of 1359 respondents (aged 18+) conducted by telephone from May 31 - Jun 2, 2016. Data is weighted by age, sex and location. SOURCE: IPSOS | GRAPHIC: EDMUND TADROS, LES HEWITT issue 182 | austcham news
Federal Election 2016 Let’s hear what The Turnbull Liberal Team says: In this uncertain world, our nation needs political stability and a strong economic plan that creates local jobs and helps families in our community. We are asking Australians to back the Turnbull Coalition Team’s Plan for a Strong New Economy. Our Plan is carefully structured to provide jobs, growth and a secure future for local families. • An innovation and science programme bringing more great Australian ideas to market and preparing our children for the jobs of the future • A defence industry plan that will secure an advanced defence manufacturing industry and create thousands of new hitech jobs • Export trade deals to generate new export opportunities and give our farmers a competitive edge • Tax cuts and incentives for small businesses and hard working families • A sustainable budget with crackdowns on tax avoidance and loopholes • Guaranteed funding for health, education and roads
bassy staf f in oops and em tr g in it is Turnbull) V – 18 Jan er – Malcolm (Source: Twitt an st ni ha Afg
14 Feb – Reading story books at Cape York House in Cairns (Source: Instagram – Mal colm Turnbull)
18 Feb – Announcing the new Ministerial Team (Source: Twitter – Malcolm Turnbull)
24 Feb – Teal Ribbon
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Only the Coalition can form a strong and stable government with a clear plan for a strong and growing economy, while the alternative of a possible Labor-Greens minority government is a recipe for chaos. Our Plan will help local families and businesses get ahead with a sustainable budget that guarantees funding for the services Australian families need, such as health, education and roads.
16 Mar – Attending (Source: Instagram –
Harmony Day event
15 Apr – Meeting New Colombo Plan scholars in Beijing (Source: Twitter – New Colombo Plan)
- Content provided by The Liberal Party.
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11 Jun – Visiting Sunshine Coast Community Sporting Hub (Source: Twitter – Malcolm Turnbull)
Let’s hear what the Labor says: Labor has a clear plan to build a stronger, fairer economy for all Australians. Labor’s plan is focused on supporting the transition in our economy and making investments for growth into the future. 27 Nov – Marching for rea
l action on climate change
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The heart of this plan is our investment in Australia’s greatest resource: our people. We will invest in schools, TAFE and universities, as well as nation building infrastructure – roads, rail and a first rate National Broadband Network. Our plan will mean innovation and more local jobs in advanced manufacturing, renewable energy and services. Labor's nation building infrastructure will support growth now, and boost future productivity. Now is not the time for Mr Turnbull's $50 billion tax cut for big business.
wkesbury Show 15 Apr – Attending the Ha (Source: Twitter – Bill Sho
Labor does not accept that cutting penalty rates for low paid workers and giving tax cuts to big business is the answer – this will only take us backwards.
13 May – Visiting Domremy College
(Source: Instagram –Bill Shorten)
We will deliver our plan through responsible savings and fair tax reform. Building a stronger and more productive economy – without hurting the things that help it grow.
18 May – Meet (Source: Tw
with ACFS at Po
Key Policies: Labor’s Plan for economy Labor is focused on six key priorities to build a stronger, fairer economy that will support the economic transition today while driving productivity and living standards into the future. 1. Investing in people 2. Building Australia 3. Driving investment in renewables and new industry 4. Supporting innovation and startups 5. Helping small business 6. Budget repair that's fair
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21 May (Source: Twitter – Bill
- Content taken from The Labor Party “10 Year Plan for Australia’s Economy”.
25 May – Visiting Ovarian Cancer Australia (Source:
27 May – Meet Indigenous rangers at (Source: Instagram –Bill Shor ten)
Twitter – Ovarian Cancer Aust)
08 Jun – Meet students at TAFE Queensland (Source: Twitter – Bill Shorten)
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Snapshot: Perceptions of Leaders
Malcolm Turnbull was regarded as a better source of advice investing money and giving advice to children about the future. He was also the preferred companion for dinner or for going on holiday.
Don’t Malcolm Bill Turnbull Shorten know 37% 53% Ask advice about investing money 11% 49% 34% Most trust to give your children advice about the future 17% 41% 38% Most like to have over for dinner 22% 57% 26% Most like to go on holiday with 17% 37% 36% Prefer to have negotiate your next pay rise 27% 57% 24% Most trust to cook a good meal 19% 51% 25% Most like to go to the footy with 24% 57% 22% Most like to have babysit your children 21% 58% 21% Ask their advice about a personal issue 20% 58% 20% Most trust to look after your pet 23% 43% 26% Most like to go to the pub for a beer with 30% 42% 26% Think would be more likely to lend you $100 if you needed it 31% 59% 17% Ask to help you with home renovations 24% 42% 21% Think would be more likely to stop and help if your car was stranded 37%
Q: Which party leader would you...
Bill Sho rten wa s more trusted to help if your c was stra ar nded or with ho renovat use ions. He was also conside red mor e likely t o loan you $100 if y ou needed it.
Source: Survey information taken from The Essential Report on www.essentialvision.com.au. The survey was conducted by Essential Research in May 2016, based on more than 1,000 respondents.
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Australian Reflections: How Long Is Too Long? - Kerry-Anne Walsh, KA Communication
lot can of living can be packed into eight weeks.
It takes a normal home-owner about that time to sell a house. The average worker can give notice and find another job quicker; a restless Aussie could pack up and move interstate, dump a partner or find a new one in such a generous timeframe. Or maybe even become a monk in Tibet - an appealing thought, as Australians wade through the longest election campaign in seventy years. Eight weeks, two months, one-sixth of a year: whichever way you look at it, it’s a marathon of patience and endurance. Some newspapers have helpfully invented drinking and other games to while away the time. But if you downed a shot for every time PM Malcolm Turnbull roared the Government’s “jobs and growth” slogan, you’d be in rehab by now. And we’re only in week three. This campaign turns political strategy on its head. The more astute strategist knows not to unleash swarms of parliamentary wannabes over our neighbourhoods for much longer than the 33 days constitutionally required from the announcement of an election to polling day. They are attuned to the fact that the default position of the Australian voter is dull anger with the political class. But PM Malcolm Turnbull has become increasingly blind to the temperature of middle Australia since wresting control of the prime ministership from Tony Abbott last September. His popularity, he thought, would override established political wisdom. He wanted to be rid of a bothersome Senate filled with a ragtag of mercurial independents who have repeatedly thwarted his Government’s agenda. Thus, the only route available was a double dissolution election. The last remaining date to hold such a poll was July 2, which had to be called at the conclusion of the May budget sittings. So here we are, chugging in first gear to polling day. But while voting intention patterns over the last two decades show that most voters are rusted on to one of the major parties, undecided or switched off until the last week, political tragics are finding this slow-mo campaign gripping. Political fortunes these days turn on the charisma and performance of the leader. Since Bob Hawke in the 1980s cemented a presidential style of campaigning as the norm, all eyes turn to the Prime Minister and the person who wants the job. Unfortunately for Turnbull, his campaign isn’t going to plan. The more he campaigns, the less he is liked. Conversely, the more often Labor Leader Bill Shorten dons a high-vis vest, gladhands in shopping centres and rails against the Government’s ‘big business’ agenda, the more his stocks rise. The most common description used to describe the PM is ‘disappointing’. It’s emerged in the internal polling of both major parties. It stalks him on the election trail, as he struggles to find the common touch people thought he had. Watching Turnbull in crisp shirt in an outback pub downing a beer alongside a bemused local is the same as watching an embarrassing reality show. All you can do is turn your head until the ad break.
On the other hand, Shorten is at ease. He’s even taken up jogging. This has startled his colleagues who wistfully recall the time, when we were in a pre-campaign universe far, far away, that the most exercise Bill got was walking to the meat pie cart. And whereas Turnbull’s smart and savvy wife Lucy is keeping a low profile, Shorten’s exceptionally photogenic Monroesque wife, Chloe – daughter of former Governor-General Quentin Bryce – captures cameras’ attention more than a Kardashian on a red carpet. In the end, though, voters will be swayed by who they trust to run their affairs. But while Labor and Shorten’s electoral stocks have been rising, they need to win 21 seats to oust the incumbents. And despite Turnbull and his Government’s crashing popularity, they are still favoured as the next government. Labor’s primary vote lingers in the mid-30s. The victory bells won’t peel on that figure. There’s also a significantly high undecided vote, tracking at around 12%, which could splinter in myriad directions or favour one of the major parties. Once supporters of the Palmer United Party and other spectacularly failed experiments, where these voters park their vote will be critical in deciding which party occupies the Government frontbench. The new Senate voting rules, aimed at stopping micro parties from harvesting each other’s votes and vaulting a startled and unprepared candidate into the Senate with under 2% of the vote, as happened at the last election, may not have the outcome the PM desires. While it is early days, psephologists suggest whoever wins the Lower House may still have to navigate a hodge podge of independent and minor party senators. This may include perennial One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson, who still has her election-winning 1996 record spinning on the gramophone. You may remember the tune: it has the catchy title of “Asians Go Home.” Polling even suggests the woman who has only ever served one term in federal parliament but who has stood as a candidate in a smorgasbord of federal and state elections since – in between a stint in jail - may even hold the balance of power. But there are many slips and turns left. If we all make it to July 2, see you on the other side.
About the author: Kerry-Anne was one of Australia's leading national journalists and political commentators. She worked for 25 years at the highest levels in Australia's national media - as senior political correspondent for News Limited and Fairfax newspapers, on ABC radio, as a producer at Channel Ten, and as national political editor of the highly respected The Bulletin Magazine. Kerry-Anne is coming to Hong Kong and will speak at an AustCham event about post-election on 19 July 2016. Mark your diary! issue 182 | austcham news
Federal Election 2016
Policy outlines of the major parties: Federal Election 2016 - Thomas Gregory, Kreab
alcolm Turnbull called the 2016 Federal Election on 8 May, with polling day set for 2 July. This makes the campaign almost eight weeks long – one of the longest campaigns on record. So far the parties have announced many policies, but they will keep unveiling policies in the days leading to polling day. The Coalition announced its centrepiece economic policies in the 2016-17 budget, handed down in early May. On taxation, the Coalition has committed to a phased reduction in the rate of company tax, with immediate effect for small business. Under their policy, by 2026-27, the corporate tax rate for all companies will be 25%. The Coalition also announced that personal income tax thresholds will be lifted for some taxpayers. One of the most controversial elements of the budget was proposed changes to superannuation, with changes affecting contribution tax rates, the ‘pot’ of earnings that will be tax-free, and new limits to after-tax income contributions. The Government is running hard on its border protection record, but has no new policies to announce in this area. On defence, the Government recently has awarded a massive contract for submarine construction to French company DCNS, but intends for most of the work to be carried out in Australia, with a promise of jobs in South Australia. On trade, the Government has not yet announced additional trade deals, but is trumpeting those signed during the last three years, with Japan, Korea and China. The trigger for this double-dissolution election - the Senate’s blocking of the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission - is the focus of the Government’s industrial relations policy. The budget also included a plan for a new youth internship scheme, to assist young people into work after school. The Coalition has promised additional funding in numerous areas – for schools, child care and infrastructure. On higher education, the Coalition has backed off plans to fully deregulate university fees, and has launched consultation on other options that will report back after the election. The Coalition has reached an interim agreement with state governments on health funding, but has raised the ire of doctors
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by its policy to freeze the medicare rebate. On climate change, the Coalition will continue with its ‘direct action’ policy on climate change. Finally, the Coalition has promised to conduct a plebiscite on marriage equality during 2016, with an undertaking to legislate accordingly. However, it remains unclear whether all Coalition members would be expected to vote along party lines. The Labor Opposition has announced some policies over the past months, and made its position clear on many of the Government’s economic policies in its reply to the budget. Since then, some additional policies have been announced, with more expected as the campaign goes into its final weeks. Labor’s most prominent economic policy has been aimed at making housing more affordable, by restricting negative gearing to new dwellings only (without affecting arrangements for existing assets), and by cutting the capital gains tax discount by half. Labor has indicated that It does not support the Coalition’s company tax cuts as a whole but has promised to reduce tax for small businesses. While Labor supports the changes to personal income tax thresholds, it has undertaken to reinstate the ‘deficit levy’, which effectively pushes the top tax rate back up to 49 cents in the dollar. On superannuation, Labor plans to tax annual earnings in the pension phase at 15%, and has also come out strongly in support of a royal commission into Australia’s financial services industry. On health, Labor has criticised the Coalition’s funding agreement with the states but has not yet announced how much funding it would provide, although it has announced that it would unfreeze the indexation of Medicare rebates. Labor has promised to fully fund the ‘Gonski plan’ for schools, worth about $37 billion over the next decade. On higher education, the Opposition will introduce 20,000 new free places per year for tertiary studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Labor has also committed to more funding for the National Broadband Network, with a promise to connect more premises to the network directly with fibre cables. Labor supports the Government’s decision to build submarines in Australia. On trade, Labor is broadly supportive of the deals negotiated by the Government (indeed many of these were long term projects going back multiple terms of government.) On climate change, Labor will reintroduce an emissions trading scheme, and increase the renewable energy target. Labor is largely in support of the Government’s border protection policies, though it has promised to speed up processing, increase regional cooperation and increase Australia’s intake of humanitarian visa applicants.
Labor has announced additional child care funding, with increases to payments and rebates for families. Labor has also undertaken to legislate for marriage equality within 100 days of taking office. The Greens have announced some policies, with more detail expected as the campaign goes along. Though the Greens are aiming to pick up a few additional seats in the House of Representatives, under the electoral maths of a double dissolution election they will struggle to hold their record ten seats in the Senate. On taxation, Greens policy is to introduce a so-called ‘Buffet Rule’, under which individuals with income over $300,000 will be have a guaranteed minimum tax assessment of at least 35% of their pre-tax income, regardless of their final taxable income. The Greens do not support the Government’s corporate tax cut, and have proposed a tax avoidance crackdown, including an enhanced public disclosure regime. The Greens would also negative gearing for all assets, with grandfathering for arrangements entered before the policy comes into effect and progressively remove the entire capital gains tax discount over five years. On superannuation, the Greens would replace the flat tax of 15% on superannuation earnings with a progressive scale, much like what applies to income tax. Greens policy is to also prohibit superannuation funds from direct borrowing to invest in housing. The Greens were the first of the three parties to advocate for a royal commission into the financial services industry, and have indicated a particular interest in examining the vertical integration of banks. On trade, the Greens are generally disinclined to support bilateral trade agreements, and would end live export of animals. On Health, the Greens propose to unfreeze medicare rebates, and progressively remove the rebate for private health insurance. The Greens have announced they would end Australia’s offshore processing of asylum seekers, who would be brought to Australia for processing. As part of their climate policy, the Greens have announced steeply increased renewable energy target of 90% by 2030. The Greens have also announced plans to invest tens of billions more in public transport. The Greens would legislate for marriage equality.
For Australians in Hong Kong, the election policies of all three parties discussed above could have considerable impacts. Proposed changes to superannuation, negative gearing and capital gains tax could impact Australians with savings, investments and income in Australia. For those with children considering tertiary study in Australia – or those considering it themselves – the ongoing debate around deregulation and commonwealth funding and could have considerable impacts on university places as well as the cost of education. If the Labor/Greens proposals for a royal commission into financial services were to go ahead, there could be significant impacts on Australian financial institutions. Negative revelations and reporting could damage individual institutions as well as affecting the reputations of the industry generally, including in Asia; and the eventual commission recommendations and associated policy responses could negatively affect institutions’ business both domestically and internationally. Both major parties are generally supportive of bilateral trade agreements, and both exhibit near unanimous support for the China free trade agreement. The Government is talking up its success in finalising three bilateral trade agreements, as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and is working on new agreements with Indonesia and India. Labor’s chief concerns with the China trade agreement are around labour market testing, base pay rates for 457 visa holders and skills testing. However, Labor has indicated that its concerns could be dealt with through other measures (without undermining support for the agreement itself). The Greens do not support the China trade agreement on the basis of the investor-state dispute-settlement provision, in addition to more general concerns about the efficacy and value of free trade agreements. About the author: Thomas is an expat working in Hong Kong at global strategic communications consultancy Kreab.
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Federal Election 2016 ELECTION DAY: Saturday 2 July 2016
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Where: Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong Voting Centre Address: 24/F Harbour Centre, 25 Harbour Road, Wanchai
After 20 June 2016 Complete postal vote form http://www.aec.gov.au/pvaform in BLOCK LETTERS and return signed form to the Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong. All ballot papers must be received by 1 July.
When: 20 June to 25 June 2016 9:00 to 5:00pm (Closed Sunday 26 June 2016) 27 June to 30 June 2016 9:00 am to 7:00pm 1 July 2016 (public holiday) 9:00 am to 5:00pm
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Australian Federal Budget 2016-17 - AustCham Finance, Legal and Tax Committee
he government is seeking to elevate this year's Budget to a long term "economic plan" that will support Australia's transition into an advanced and diverse economy. Treasury is projecting a stable macroeconomic picture - the economy growing at a healthy rate of 3% from 2017-18, unemployment at a rate of 5.5% and inflation within the reserve banks zone of comfort however the government is still forecasting deficits up to 2019-20. The 2016-17 Budget introduced a number of significant tax policies that include a phased reduction to the corporate tax rate, the introduction of a diverted profits tax, and a number of superannuation as well as personal tax changes. Despite these, the package of measures fell well short of the comprehensive tax reform hoped for and as such broader structural taxation reform is still needed. Corporate tax The government will reduce the corporate tax rate, ultimately to 25% on an 11 year phased basis, depending on turnover, commencing 1 July 2018. The government has indicated that lowering the corporate tax rate is part of its plan to promote Australia’s economic growth and to encourage investment and it is expected that the reduction will increase GDP by 1% over the long term. The rate cut will commence with a reduction for small business companies (annual aggregated turnover of up to AUD$10m) to 27.5% from the 2016-17 income year. The annual aggregated threshold will then be progressively increased to have all companies taxed at 27.5% in the 2023-24 income year. From the 2024-25 income year the tax rate will be reduced for all companies to 27% and then reduced by 1% per year until it reached 25% in the 2026-27 income year. These rate reductions will apply to all companies (resident and non-resident) and to other entities taxed like companies such as public trading trusts and limited partnerships. Diverted profits tax The government will introduce a new diverted profits tax (DPT) with effect for income years beginning on or after 1 July 2017. The DPT is modelled on the second limb of the UK’s DPT, the first limb of which was adopted in the 2015 Budget as the multinational antiavoidance law (MAAL). This provision is aimed at arrangements involving transactions with overseas related parties which are
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subject to a tax rate which is less than 80 percent of the tax rate applied in Australia, where the arrangement lacks economic substance. Essentially, the objective of the DPT is to change the balance of negotiation with large business on transfer pricing and structuring issues. The DPT will impose a penalty tax rate of 40 percent, and any purported underpayment of tax determined by the ATO is payable upfront. In addition, the DPT assessment will include an interest charge for the period from when any amount would have been payable on the relevant income tax assessment, to the issue of the ATO’s DPT assessment. Superannuation This year’s budget has focussed strongly on superannuation with a number of changes being announced. Some of these will impact the ability of some Australians to save for their retirement, while others provide incentives and opportunities for lower income earners. Some of the measures which will apply from 1 July 2017 include: • The age at which Australians will have to satisfy a work test to be able to make superannuation contributions will be increased from 65 to 74 years of age; • Australians up to the age of 75 will have the ability to claim a deduction for personal superannuation contributions regardless of their work circumstances; • The ‘Income threshold’ at which high income earners pay an additional 15% tax on concessional contributions made will be reduced from AUD$300,000 to AUD$250,000. ‘Income threshold is Taxable Income + reportable fringe benefits + investment losses + taxed contributions • Refund of all contributions tax in accumulation on death ceases 1 July 2017; • Concessional contribution caps (for contributions which come from pre-tax income) are to be reduced to AUD$25,000 per annum for all ages. Only for those with balance less than $500,000, unused concessional cap accruing from 1 July 2017 is carried forward on a rolling basis of 5 consecutive years (i.e. max of $125,000); • A lifetime cap of AUD$500,000 will be applied to nonconcessional contributions, retrospective to 1 July 2007, indexed annually $50,000 with AWOTE index. The cap takes effect immediately and applies to all non-concessional
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contributions made after 1 July 2017. Excess of the cap before commencement will not be regarded as excess and allowed to be retained in system. If exceed the cap post commencement, must withdraw excess or otherwise penalty applies. Insurance proceeds (e.g. TPD) should not impact the cap another reason to have more insurance in superannuation. Doesn’t affect other traditional contribution caps - Small business CGT contributions & Personal injury contributions; The amount of a person’s superannuation balance that can be transferred into a pension phase will be restricted to AUD$1.6 million, where future earnings are tax free and unrestricted thereafter. Those already in pension phase will be expected to reduce their retirement balance to AUD$1.6 million by 1 July 2017 with the options of returning the excess amounts back to accumulation (earnings taxed at 15%) or withdrawal from superannuation. $1.6M cap annually indexed in $100k increments in line with CPI. Unused ‘cap space’ on subsequent transfer is done on a proportional basis (e.g., previously utilised 75% of cap, will have 25% left of current (indexed) cap; Transition to retirement income streams continues, but fund earnings taxed 15%, no grandfathering, readjustment to cap $1.6M needs to be done by 1 July 2017;
• Raising income threshold to $37,000 (from $10,800), Low Income Spouse superannuation Tax Offset of $540 (based on $3,000 contribution) for contributing spouse, cut out at $40,000 • Low income earners will receive a tax offset up to max of $500 (based on $3,330), for up to ATI of $37,000 to their super fund to compensate for tax paid on their super contributions. Personal Tax The budget seeks to address bracket creep by increasing the income threshold at which the 37% rate commences from AUD$80,000 to AUD$87,000 from 1 July 2016. This will provide a small tax cut to middle income earners, but falls short of providing the cuts to taxpayers across the board that full indexation of tax brackets would have achieved. Despite this measure, across OECD countries, Australia will still have one of the highest income tax rates for a single person earning the average national wage, at 22.7%. By comparison, rates in New Zealand, the US and the UK are much lower, at 17.6%, 16.5% and 12.8% respectively. In addition to the above and consistent with announcements leading into the Budget, there have been no changes made to negative gearing or the taxation of discount capital gains.
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Macau Highlights @ MGM Macau
GM MACAU is a Forbes Five-Star luxury integrated resort inspired by the arts with every element of the resort infused with creativity and style. MGM MACAU has approximately 600 guest rooms and suites and boasts a number of distinguishing features, including the architecturally stunning European-inspired Grande Praça, housed under a soaring glass ceiling. MGM MACAU’s world class facilities include an Art Space dedicating over 8,000 square feet to display authentic works of art, conference and event facilities, an award-winning spa, and nine signature restaurants and bars to fulfill any gastronomic craving. Our property is conveniently located on prime waterfront on the Macau Peninsula and is directly connected to the luxury retail shopping complex, One Central. Recently at MGM MACAU we have created a campaign called “Fun for Everyone”. The program include a sculpture collection by legendary French artist Edgar Degas exhibited at MGM Art Space, complimented by the colorful, large butterflies hovering the Grande Praça as well as gourmet themed dinners, special tea sets, treats at our signature restaurants and cafes. Edgar Degas – Figures in Motion A highlight program under Le French May, Edgar Degas – Figures in Motion presents 74 bronze sculptures never been shown in Hong Kong and Macau. Degas is known as one of the founders of Impressionism and is famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. Interactive elements including guides to walk guests through the story of the art and opportunities for fun photos are also included. The exhibition is copresented by Le French May and M.T. Abraham Foundation for the Visual Arts, supported by the French Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau, and exclusively sponsored by MGM. The exhibition is now open for public until November 20, 2016 with free admission. Butterfly Garden at the Grande Praça The U.S. based maestro of oversized visual display art Stephen Stefanou is once again taking charge of embellishing Grande Praça with colorful butterflies that are much adored by all. Over 160 vibrant Monarch and Morpho butterflies made in synthetic glass hang above young Laurel trees making it the perfect indoor garden for quality time and pictureperfect moments with family and friends. MGM Fun for Everyone At MGM MACAU a wide array of fun and entertainment is in store for everyone’s enjoyment as we continue to invest in diversification and driving Macau as an international tourism and leisure destination. Gourmet themed dinners, special tea sets, sweets and treats at MGM MACAU’s signature restaurants and cafes are guaranteed to create great moments for all. Special offers for accommodation, retail and spa as well as social media promotions are not to be missed! - Content and images of the advertorial provided by MGM Macau.
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Committees in Action
Sustainability Committee: COP21 and Beyond
he agreement reached at COP21 will continue to have sweeping effects on global economic and energy policy, as well as environmental quality and personal lifestyles of societies throughout the globe. Subsequently, the growing importance for businesses to actively engage in sustainability targets has never been more pertinent.
The ‘COP21 and Beyond: What’s in it for Business’ luncheon had invited CLP Holdings’ Chief Executive Officer Richard Lancaster to share with members his insights and explore COP21 through the business lens: how its outcomes could affect business strategy and operations, and what action should companies take. Thank you to the support from CLP.
Richard Lancaster, Chief Executive Officer, CLP Holdings.
Guenther Rittner of ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG Asia Pacific and Pak-cheong Lo of CLP.
Wissam Elkassir of Spaceframe Construction & Engineering and John Chai of BEC.
Jim Taylor of CLP and Andrea Leung of British Consulate-General HK.
Eric Chong of Siemens and Anne Kerr of Mott MacDonald.
Peter Weiley of Advisian Ltd and John Ng of Hong Kong University.
Hannah Routh of PwC and Hendrik Rosenthal of BASF East Asia Regional HQ Ltd.
Niamh Targett and Eliza Mathews of ANZ.
Guest Speaker Richard Lancaster and AustCham Chief Executive Drew Waters.
CQ Lu of National Australia Bank and Adrian Ryan of The Australian Association.
Patrick Daley of Berwin Leighton Paisner (HK) LLP and David Simmonds of CLP.
Justin Li of Construction Industry Council and Chris Telford of Leighton Asia.
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Committees in Action
Marketing and Media Network: A Brand New Start
he team at AustCham are handpicking a group of the best marketing and media minds in Hong Kong and would be delighted to invite you (or a member of your marketing team) to leap into action and to show us what the most alert minds on the marketing scene are getting up to.
Objectives of the Network: - Engage and recruit new members with an interest in Marketing & Media - Empower members to leverage the benefits of Marketing by education, skill development and critical discussion - Add value to sister Chambers through collaboration to develop Marketing content for their members The Marketing & Media Network steering committee is chaired by Chris McMillan and will comprise some of the region’s top marketing and media professionals and thought-leaders.
If you have any enquiry about the network or would like to get involved, please contact the Chamber Secretariat for details. AustCham has a robust and enthusiastic committee system, comprising respected industry influencers. We use these committees to maintain the link between the Chamber Secretariat and the day to day challenges and triumphs directly from the coal face. We look forward to developing the new Marketing & Media Network and sharing our outcomes across the Chamber’s membership.
What issues around Marketing keep you awake at night?*
Bosses are still stuck in the traditional/old school marketing and don’t understand digital/ new media
T he Not sure it last cold caller works How to transform customer experiences with limited resources
Not enough alcohol?
Don’ t do enoug h
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k L ac of ent l a t
Explaining to people that What a social media is bou comms? t not king
Demonstrating marketing does contribute to profit
Probably not enough budget
Google Analytics (Metrics and Measurement)
Increasing brand exposure
Convincing the boss there is a problem
Rallying the business People do n’t around a understa nd vision and it enough strategy
Lack of good resources/ talent
How to distinguish whi ch media channel is delivering yo u sales? (Online, TV, Radio etc.)
Not creat ive enoug h
*The ideas were collected at the soft launch of AustCham Marketing & Media Network in May Mix at Six. Photo coverage on P.23.
Network supporting partner:
People Forum: Motivating in times of change
ften the reason that change initiatives fail comes down to failing to manage the spoken and unspoken conflicts that occur during change because we have not done enough to motivate and prepare people towards the intended change – we have failed to create a dialogue that will help be successful. Base on this theme, AustCham People Forum hosted an interactive session ‘Motivating in times and changes: Minimising and managing conflict’ earlier this month to give attendees an insight into better managing motivation and conflict in times of change. The session invited David Thomas, Managing Partner at Associates Leadership Development Ltd as guest speaker. David introduced to attendees a useful frame of thinking (5 Keys to Conflict) when preparing to lead changes in their organisations, how to predict and (ideally) prevent conflict, and when this is not possible, recognise and resolve conflict. Thank you to venue partner Steelcase and coffee sponsor Nespresso.
Young Executives: 13th CEO Forum
he Young Executive Committee, in collaboration with the Women in Business Network had the privilege to host ABC International Managing Director, Lynley Marshall at the 13th CEO Forum Series Breakfast.
Lynley delved into numerous aspects of her career and life outside the boardroom which provided valuable insight and thought provoking anecdotes for the audience from her days in a small rural New Zealand town then through the ranks of antipodean media. Marshall’s engaging stories and career narrative as a successful businesswoman gave further insight into the work-life balance many people struggle with but with the need for determination, inspiration and the right mix of supporters through your career (and life) to succeed. On Asia, Lynley discussed current and upcoming future network content sharing including that in the Guangdong region, the need for further expansion of Australian content across the region but avoided making firm commitments to airing Australian classics Blue Heelers & Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures in the near future! The CEO Forum, a signature Young Executive Committee event, will again be hosted in September with one of our biggest names yet… watch this space! - Alex Oxford, AYE Committee Chair
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Committees in Action
Construction, Property and Infrastructure Committee: Breakfast with MTR CEO
he Committee recently hosted a breakfast session with MTR CEO Mr Lincoln Leong.
During the session, Mr Leong provided an overview of MTRâ€™s current projects and some of the challenges that they have faced in this ever evolving environment, from property mix challenges, to maintaining and improving the existing high operating performance of MTR. He also shares his insight on future projects and development in the region, and how they fit in the current MTR development timeline. The full house event was held at Hong Kong Club earlier this month.
AustCham Chief Executive Drew Waters, guest speaker Lincoln Leong, CPI Committee Chair Paul Scott and Vice-Chair Paul Scroggie.
New Members Platinum Patron Addition Macquarie Group Ltd Titus Chiu Associate Director, Technology Joan Estera Senior Manager, Financial Management Group Michelle Kwok Executive Assistant Ishan Lamba Senior Associate Eleanor Lennie Regional Employee Relations Lead, Asia
Ryan McCarthy Regional Learning & Development Coordinator Mona Ng Senior Associate, Corporate Access - Asia ex-Japan Alexandra Ryan Senior Manager, Legal and Governance Darren Tse Executive National Australia Bank Ltd Hazel Chan Private Client Director, NAB Private Wealth
AustCham Platinum Patrons
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Angela Yuen Yung Chung Associate, Client Administration Vicky Wai Ka Kan Associate, Operations Control Andrew Robertson Advisor Vivian Yuen Wealth Advisor Telstra Jacqueline Cremer Legal Counsel Seona Groves Senior Health, Safety and Environment Advisor - International
On The Scene
Robin Sillars of Giles Publications and Andrew Shiu of CBRE.
Steven Gibson with Peter Bennett of SnagR.
AustCham Chief Executive Drew Waters and Ricky Mui of Robert Walters.
Ian Thomson and Marketing & Media Network Chair Chris McMillan.
The soft launch of AustCham Marketing & Media Network was held with our Mix at Six last month at Insomnia, thank you to Marketing & Media Network supporting partner The Three Marketeers. Hugh Whitehill of ABIQOS Ltd, Karen Hopkins of EY and Nicole McMillan of Wrigley.
AustCham Chairman Professor Richard Petty with Peter Keller of The Hub HK.
Patrick Oâ€™Rourke, Brett Heil (right) of The Pulse and Melissa Brown (middle) of Telstra.
Greg Elliot of CLSA, Ian Thomson, Boe Campion of Ord Minnett and AustCham Treasurer Darren Bowdern.
Agnes Lai of ANZ, Carolyn Bickerton of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Deborah Biber of Blue Moon Communications Ltd.
AustCham Deputy-Chair Andrew Macintosh and Finance, Legal and Tax Committee Vice-Chair Ross Smith.
Margaret Chan of Bank of Communications and Caroline Chow.
AustCham Marketing & Media Network Chair Chris McMillan talks about the vision and objectives of the new Committee.
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