Law: Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Australia)

ACCC raises concerns over pair of contentious tie-ups

Australian Clinical Labs’ proposed purchase of Healius may substantially lessen competition for pathology services by giving the merged company more than 50% of the relevant market, the country’s antitrust authority has said.

20 July 2023

Break up abusive firms and amend SLC test, says ex-ACCC head

A former head of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has recommended a host of reforms to the country’s antitrust regime that would empower the enforcer to forcibly break up companies found to have abused their market power.

10 July 2023

ACCC concerned about toll road deal

Australia’s antitrust enforcer has warned that the proposed acquisition of a majority stake in a rival by the country’s largest toll road operator may block future competition in local markets.

29 June 2023

Australian tribunal upholds ACCC’s decision to block Telstra/TPG deal

A 10-year infrastructure sharing agreement between Telstra and TPG Telecom would harm competition by weakening a rival mobile network operator and leading to higher prices, the Australian Competition Tribunal has ruled

21 June 2023

ACCC conditionally clears cash-in-transit merger

Australia’s antitrust watchdog has approved a merger between the country’s two largest cash-in-transit providers, subject to a suite of behavioural remedies after considering the public benefits of the transaction.

13 June 2023

ACCC opposes Woolworths’ acquisition of single supermarket for second time

Australia’s antitrust authority has opposed Woolworths’ acquisition of an independent supermarket outside Canberra for the second time in 15 years, after flagging concerns about local competition and potential harm to suppliers.

26 May 2023

Criminal price-fixer pushes for lenient fine to preserve competition

Counsel to a company that has admitted to criminally fixing the price of waste processing services in Sydney has claimed a large fine would imperil its survival and harm competition in the market.

23 May 2023

Australia: ACCC sharpens focus on punishing competition contraventions, improving merger control and boosting digital regulation

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As the covid-19 pandemic ebbs, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is looking to new, harsher enforcement proceedings to crack down on cartels, closely monitor vertical arrangements and survey designated digital platforms.

10 March 2023

Travel agent group urges ACCC to put guardrails on airline alliances

Australia’s main association for travel agents has warned that extensions to alliances between flag carrier Qantas Airways and international rivals Emirates and China Eastern Airlines will do nothing to quell the rising cost of airfares.

03 February 2023

Alcohol deal could down competition, says ACCC

Australia’s competition watchdog has raised concerns about the purchase of an independent alcohol shop by a major drinks retailer in a small northern town, as the agency continues to prioritise reviews of “creeping acquisitions” despite criticism it is wasting its resources.

13 December 2022

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