Tag Archives: Harper Review

Collective arrangements under the spotlight – joint venture exemption considered

The Federal Court has published its reasons in ACCC v Cascade Coal Pty Ltd (No 1)1 (Cascade). The ACCC’s application was dismissed with costs. While the relevant provisions of the Act have been amended following the Harper Review in November 2017, the reasons offer useful guidance on the following aspects of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (Act):

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A new right for a new era

In May 2018, the Federal Government announced that it will introduce amendments to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to create a consumer data right (CDR) for application in banking, energy and telecommunications industry sectors, emphasising the consumer choice and competitive benefits.

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Significant changes made to Competition and Consumer Act 2010

On 18 October 2017 the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill 2017 (Bill) was passed by both houses at Federal level. This follows the enactment of another important piece of legislative amendment relating to Australian competition law on 23 August 2017, the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2017 (Cth).

The Bill will implement a number of proposals which were announced in the Australian Government Response to the Competition Policy Review in November 2015 (known as ‘The Harper Review’).

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