ACCC consults on variations to NBN Co Special Access Undertaking

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has today released a draft variation notice setting out proposed changes to the Special Access Undertaking (SAU) offered by NBN Co.

If accepted by the ACCC, the SAU would be a key part of the framework that governs the price and other terms upon which NBN Co will supply services over its fibre, wireless and satellite networks to telecommunications companies, up until 2040.

ACCC to not oppose the proposed acquisition of Hawker Supa IGA by Woolworths

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today announced it will not oppose the proposed acquisition by Woolworths Limited of the Supa IGA supermarket in Hawker, Australian Capital Territory.

“After an extensive investigation and rigorous consultation with interested parties, the ACCC concluded that the proposed acquisition would not result in a substantial lessening of competition in any market,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

Remove risky button batteries from reach

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging parents and carers to be aware of the risks that coin-sized batteries pose to children if swallowed and to take precautions to keep them out of young hands.

“Button batteries are a severe and little known risk for children but alarmingly an estimated five children per week in Australia present to an emergency department with a button battery related injury,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

ACCC issues draft decision on CBH wheat port undertaking variations

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft decision proposing to agree to Co-operative Bulk Handling Limited’s (CBH) proposed changes to its auction system, which allocates capacity to exporters using CBH’s bulk-grain port terminals in Western Australia.

The ACCC does not propose to consent to a proposed clause enabling CBH to buy back capacity after it has been allocated but is seeking industry’s views on a revised buyback process recently proposed by CBH.

ACCC re-authorises milk supply arrangements

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has re-authorised Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative (DFMC) to enter into back to back milk purchasing and pricing arrangements.

DFMC and Dairy Farmers Pty Ltd (Lion) are authorised to enter into a Milk Supply Agreement, which sets terms whereby DFMC’s acquisition of milk from approximately 600 of its members is on the same terms as Lion’s acquisition of milk from DFMC.

Coles pays infringement notices for alleged misleading country of origin claims

Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd (Coles) has paid six infringement notices totaling $61,200 for alleged misleading representations about the country of origin of fresh produce made in five of its stores between March 2013 and May 2013. The stores were located across Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

Online ugg boot trader provides court enforceable undertaking over ‘Made in Australia’ claims

Happiness Road Investment Group Pty Ltd (Happiness Road) has provided a court enforceable undertaking to the ACCC after accepting that it had made misleading claims that its ugg boots were made in Australia and it had used the Australian Made logo without authorisation.

Happiness Road, trading as Koala Jack, is a Queensland based company that sells its products exclusively online.