Competition

June 2017

Productivity Commission recommends changes to social and medical services – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Competition,

The Productivity Commission has released a draft report in its review of human services provided by the federal Government.

December 2015

Discussion paper on ‘effects test’ released – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Competition,

Treasurer Scott Morrison has released a discussion paper on section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act the misuse of market power provision.

Government responds to Harper Competition Review – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Competition, Consumers,

Treasurer Scott Morrison has released the Government’s response to the Competition Policy Review – the Harper Review – saying it sets out a new frontier for Governments at all levels.

November 2015

Policy debate will require specifics soon – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Economy, Tax, Education, Competition,

At present Malcolm Turnbull’s national leadership is riding a tide of enthusiasm and relief that at last Australia can have a sensible and wide-ranging discussion about the nation’s and economy’s future.

August 2015

Land planning and digital disruption biggest competition issues, says Treasury head – August 2

Filed under: Australian Politics, Competition,

Treasury secretary John Fraser says that reviewing planning and zoning policies offers the most immediate “economic bang for the buck” in seeking to enhance competition in Australia.

May 2015

Government consultation on Harper Review starts – May

Filed under: Australian Politics, Competition,

Small Business Minister Bruce Billson has hosted the first of several “consultation roundtables” on the Harper Competition Policy Review.

April 2015

Harper Review recommends sweeping changes – April 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Competition,

The Government has released the final report of the Competition Policy Review – the first comprehensive assessment of Australia’s competition policies, laws and institutions in more than 20 years.

December 2014

ACCC rejects proposed changes to cartel regulation

Filed under: Australian Politics, Competition,

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says it has “significant reservations” about changes to the cartel prohibitions suggested in the draft report of the Competition Policy Review.

October 2014

Coles in regulator’s sights over unconscionable conduct - October 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Competition,

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has begun proceedings in the Federal Court against Coles Supermarkets alleging that Coles engaged in unconscionable conduct in contravention of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

August 2014

Competition: ACCC claims petrol price collusion - August 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Competition,

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched proceedings in the Federal Court against Informed Sources (Australia) Pty Ltd and several petrol retailers alleging that they contravened section 45 of the Competition and Consumer Act.

June 2014

Competition: ACCC prosecutes over egg cartel - 6 June 2014

Filed under: Australian Politics, Competition,

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has begun legal action against parties allegedly involved in an attempt to create a cartel in the egg production industry.

May 2014

Competition Policy Review Panel publishes Issues Paper

Filed under: Australian Politics, Competition,

The Competition Policy Review Panel headed by Professor Ian Harper has released an issues paper for the first stage of its work.

ACCC: Pfizer in regulator’s sights for misuse of market power

Filed under: Australian Politics, Competition,

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched proceedings in the Federal Court against Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd for alleged misuse of market power.

ACCC: Misleading online pricing in regulator’s sights this year

Filed under: Australian Politics, Competition,

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has signalled its intention to take action on ‘drip pricing’ this year.

ACCC: Commission targeting detergent and ball bearing cartels

Filed under: Australian Politics, Competition,

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says its acceptance of the varied Special Access Undertaking lodged by NBN Co was “a landmark regulatory decision”.

April 2014

Panel named for comprehensive competition policy review

Filed under: Australian Politics, Competition,

The Government has appointed a four-person panel to conduct its ‘root and branch’ review of competition law.