Updates

14 August 2014

ACCC suggestion is far from novel and not anti-competitive

ACCC Commissioners Jill Walker and Roger Featherston provide a response to an AFR opinion piece written by Graeme Samuel and Stephen King on the suggested amendments to section 46.
13 August 2014

ACCC re-authorises collective bargaining by TAB agents in NSW with Tabcorp

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has decided to re-authorise the TAB Agents Association of New South Wales to collectively negotiate the terms and conditions of service with TAB Limited (Tabcorp) and to participate in the resolution of disputes between more than one of its members and Tabcorp.
12 August 2014

ACCC statement on Verve and Synergy re-merger

When the ACCC became aware of the proposed re-merger of Verve and Synergy it wrote to the WA Government expressing concern about the potential impact of the re-merger on competition and therefore on consumers. It is important to note that the WA Government did not seek ACCC clearance for the re-merger and nor did the ACCC provide clearance for the merger to proceed.
11 August 2014

Consumer rights in the frame

Derek Farrell talks about a recent investigation into door-to-door sales and that companies operating in remote areas need to improve their sales practices.
6 August 2014

ACCC has granted authorisation to Perth councils for joint waste tender

The ACCC has decided to grant authorisation until 28 August 2020 to the Cities of Wanneroo, Joondalup and Swan to jointly procure, negotiate and contract for the supply of services to process dry commingled recyclables collected by them through their yellow lid kerbside collection service.
6 August 2014

Advertising and selling

When products from very large companies are portrayed as being those of small operators it misleads consumers and undermines the unique selling point that niche businesses depend on. Chairman Rod Sims explains the ACCC’s focus on credence claims.
6 August 2014

Checking for choking hazards

Deputy Chair Delia Rickard provides Bub Hub readers with advice on removing choking hazards around the home using the do-it-yourself Choke Check tool
6 August 2014

Be your own boss

Dr Michael Schaper outlines the ACCC’s free training for small businesses on the Competition and Consumer Act.
15 May 2014

Textiles recalled after tests for azo dyes

ACCC tested common clothing and textile goods for specific dyes used in the manufacturing process. The ACCC found a small number contained unacceptable concentrations of certain azo dyes, which are known to break down to carcinogenic compounds called aromatic amines.