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ACCC proposes to allow electricity generators to start joint negotiations

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is proposing to allow Queensland power generators CS Energy, Callide Energy, InterGen and Callide Power Management (the applicants) to jointly renegotiate existing coal supply arrangements with Anglo Coal.

The arrangements relate to coal supplied to the Callide B and Callide C power stations in central Queensland by the nearby coal mine owned by Anglo Coal. The applicants have previously been granted authorisation by the ACCC in 2006 to jointly negotiate with Anglo Coal for the purposes of a price review.

ACCC to not oppose the proposed acquisition by AGL of Australian Power and Gas

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will not oppose the proposed acquisition by AGL Energy Limited (AGL) of Australian Power and Gas Company Limited (APG).

“The ACCC has concluded that the proposed acquisition is not likely to substantially lessening competition in the relevant markets,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

“The ACCC formed the view that the removal of APG as an independent retailer was not likely to substantially reduce the competitiveness of price and non-price offerings in the relevant retail energy markets.”

ACCC grants interim authorisation to Clubs Australia

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted interim authorisation to enable Clubs Australia to negotiate on behalf of its member clubs with suppliers of Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs).

The Gambling Reform Act, commencing in February 2014, requires a range of changes in relation to the operation of ATMs in many clubs, specifically by introducing a $250 per day ATM withdrawal limit for gaming machine premises (excluding casinos).

ACCC joins international sweep for apps targeting children

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is joining a concerted international effort to identify smartphone and tablet apps that may mislead young children into making unauthorised in-app purchases. Over 50 consumer protection agencies around the world are searching through online stores for apps that claim to be free but do not disclose that significant in-app purchases are required to maximise the experience of the app.