Region: Australia

Australia raises data dominance concerns over Google/Fitbit

Google could dominate the nascent data-driven health services sector or entrench its dominance in the advertising technology market if it were to acquire Fitbit’s health data, Australia’s competition watchdog has said.

18 June 2020

Union lashes out at ACCC over price-fixing warning

The Transport Workers Union of Australia has demanded an apology from the country’s competition watchdog after it sent a warning letter to one of the association’s members who wrote an opinion article urging drivers to maintain their prices.

17 June 2020

Australia probes Facebook/Giphy deal

Australia’s competition watchdog has launched a probe of Facebook’s completed acquisition of Giphy, the world’s largest provider of short looping videos known as GIFs.

08 June 2020

Sims warns Qantas against taking bigger stake in rival

The head of Australia’s competition watchdog has said that any attempt by Qantas to acquire a larger share in rival Alliance Airlines would likely raise significant competition concerns.

01 June 2020

ACCC suffers setback as court dismisses rail merger challenge

Rail company Aurizon can proceed with the sale of a key intermodal terminal to rival Pacific National after an Australian court dismissed the competition enforcer’s challenge to the deal.

07 May 2020

Google hits back at Australian pay-for-news proposal

An Australian government plan to force Google and Facebook to share revenue with news media businesses is shrouded by misconceptions, Google has argued.

05 May 2020

Australia to force Google and Facebook to pay for news content

Australia’s treasurer has directed the country’s competition watchdog to create a mandatory code forcing Google and Facebook to share revenue with news media businesses.

22 April 2020

Another day, another collaboration: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 10 April 2020

It is full steam ahead for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which has taken a very active role in guiding the country through the economic fallout of the covid-19 pandemic. It was also an active week for China’s competition authority, which is a good sign for the country where the health crisis originated.

10 April 2020

ACCC authorises collaboration for private health insurers and others

Private health insurers can coordinate to provide financial relief to policyholders during the covid-19 pandemic and broaden coverage to include treatment for the virus, telehealth and at-home medical treatment, Australia’s competition watchdog has said.

09 April 2020

Asahi/AB InBev deal wins Australian approval

Asahi’s proposal to divest three cider and two beer brands sufficiently addressed competition concerns regarding its acquisition of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Australian business, the country’s competition watchdog has decided.

01 April 2020

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