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Surf Coast Shire Council & Ors

On 27 August 2021, Surf Coast Shire Council sought authorisation on behalf of itself, Golden Plains Shire Council and the Borough of Queenscliffe (together, the Participating Councils) to collectively procure waste and resource recovery collection services.

In particular, authorisation is sought to:

·       develop and issue a joint request for tender in respect of collection services;

Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group & Ors

On 23 August 2021, Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group (GWRRG) sought authorisation on behalf of itself and 6 councils (Bass Coast Shire Council, Baw Baw Shire Council, East Gippsland Shire Council, Latrobe City Council, South Gippsland Shire Council and Wellington Shire Council) (Participating Councils) to collectively procure processing services for glass and mixed recycling.

Commercial Radio Australia

On 16 August 2021, Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) lodged an application, on behalf of its current and future members (excluding Nine Entertainment) to bargain collectively with each of Facebook and Google concerning payment for content produced by those members and featuring on those platforms; to make and give effect to agreements arising from the collective negotiations; and to engage in discussions and exchange information regarding those negotiations (the Proposed Conduct).

Capital Brewing Co Pty Ltd and Bentspoke Brewing Company Pty Ltd

Capital Brewing Co Pty Ltd (Capital Brewing) and Bentspoke Brewing Company Pty Ltd (Bentspoke) lodged a notification of small business collective bargaining to cover a proposed joint bid (and associated collective activity) to GIO Stadium for the rights to supply beer and cider products at specified events (known as ‘pourage rights’). Capital Brewing and Bentspoke will not share pricing or rebate information as part of their joint bid.

Microsoft Corporation - Nuance Communications Inc.

Summary

Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) proposes to acquire Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nuance).

Both parties supply digital software to healthcare and enterprise customers. Microsoft supplies a range of products in the digital productivity, intelligent cloud and personal computing segments and Nuance provides speech recognition, transcription and digital customer engagement products in Australia.

Cargotec Corporation - Konecranes Plc

Summary

Cargotec Corporation (Cargotec) proposed to merge with Konecranes Plc (Konecranes).

In Australia, Cargotec’s Kalmar business and Konecranes’ Port Solutions business both supply container handling products and services (including cranes, horizontal transport equipment, mobile equipment, aftersales services and terminal consultancy services) to terminal operators.

Macquarie Mereenie & Ors

On 29 July 2021, the ACCC received an application for authorisation from Central Petroleum Limited, Central Petroleum Mereenie Pty Ltd (as trustee for the Central Petroleum Unit Trust) and Macquarie Mereenie Pty Ltd (the Applicants) to jointly market natural gas produced out of the Mereenie gas field (which is operated through a joint venture arrangement).