In the media

ACCC claims CFMEU bosses ordered ban of Boral products
The ACCC’s statement of claim reveals the mechanics of the alleged boycott, which has cost Boral up to $28 million and remains in force. The ACCC is seeking heavy fines against the union and undertakings to advertise its error and the proposed end of the ban in the Herald Sun and The Age newspapers and on its website (07 June 2015).  More...

ACCC backs Harper's price signalling recommendation
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has backed the recommendation of the Competition Policy Review that the prohibition on price signalling be scrapped and replaced by a more general "concerted practices" provision (04 June 2015).  More...

Ukraine drops lawsuit against Australia over plain-packaging tobacco laws, WTO says
The Eastern European country has suspended the legal proceedings it launched against Australia through the WTO  in 2012 which claimed the laws were trade-restrictive. Instead, Ukraine has told a WTO panel of adjudicators they hope to find a mutually agreed solution with Australia (04 June 2015).  More...

Brewers thirsty for change as craft concerns come to a head
The ACCC is conducting investigations into both the marketing of craft beer and supply contracts between breweries and pubs. The investigations come amid claims by those who identify as Australia's 'real' craft brewers that major breweries are unduly using their market power to shut out competitors (02 June 2015).  More...

Cartel proposals take Aust 'backwards': ACCC
The consumer watchdog says proposed changes to cartel laws in the government's competition policy review will "take Australia backwards" in its ability to fight hard core cartel conduct (01 June 2015). More...

ACCC opposes Harper cartel change
The consumer watchdog says proposed changes to cartel laws in the government’s competition policy review will “take Australia backwards” in its ability to fight hard core cartel conduct (01 June 2015).  More...

Chairman addresses the great divide on misuse of market power
The Harper Panel’s proposed substantially lessening competition test for section 46 will reduce unfortunate debates, align our law more with overseas law, and make our law logical and in line with the rest of the Act, according to ACCC chairman  Robert  Sims (01 June 2015).  More...

In practice and courts, published reports

Competition Law Conference 2015
Paper from the conference are available here.  More...

Sims: Section 46: The Great Divide
The speech delivered by ACCC Chairman, Rod Sims, at Saturday's Competition Law Conference is now available online (01 June 2015).  More...  More...

Analysis: An Update on the Harper Review
According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Chairman Rod Sims, the proposed Harper Review reforms offer a way forward on the great divide surrounding s 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (the CCA). (02 June 2015).  More...



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