Membership of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Consultative Committee is diverse, not 'big business' oriented, Acting ACCC Chairman, Mr Sitesh Bhojani, said today.
"Contrary to a media report this morning, the committee comprises a wide range of views on competition policy and consumer protection. There has been no variation in the composition of the committee for some time.
"The next meeting of the committee will be held in Canberra in early August.
"The committee's purpose is to:
- provide committee members with updates on the ACCC's latest work, recent litigation, publications, etc
- give committee members the opportunity to provide feedback to the ACCC on its activities, including its priorities, draft publications and the way it administers the Trade Practices Act 1974
- look for opportunities to work with industry and community groups to develop cost effective compliance mechanisms including compliance packages, codes of conduct, guidelines, seminars, and opportunities for speeches at conferences.
"This will be the first meeting of the committee to be chaired by the ACCC's incoming Chairman, Mr Graeme Samuel. As has been usual practice, Commissioners and the ACCC Chief Executive Officer will also attend".
Consistent with the recommendations of the Dawson Committee, the ACCC is seeking a senior and continuous level of representation from each of the organisations represented on the consultative committee.
The committee is drawn from each of the Australian Business Ltd, Australian Consumers Association, Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Australian Council of Trade Unions, Australian Gas Association, Australian Local Government Association, Australian Retailers Association, Business Council of Australia, Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia, Electricity Supply Association of Australia, Insurance Council of Australia, Law Council of Australia, Motor Trades Association of Australia, Australian Industry Group, and the National Farmers' Federation.
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