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ACCC to not oppose Ruralco's proposed acquisition of Elders Rural Services

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it would not oppose Ruralco’s proposed acquisition of Elders Rural Services Limited.

Ruralco and Elders each operate a national network of agri-product retail outlets, supplying a range of agri-products including fertiliser, agricultural chemicals, animal health products and farm merchandise.

Ruralco and Elders also provide a range of rural services including livestock agency, wool marketing, cattle trading, real estate, water broking/trading and financial services.

ACCC proposes to authorise collective bargaining by Queensland newsagents

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission proposes to authorise the Queensland Newsagents Federation and its members to collectively bargain with Tatts Group and its subsidiary Golden Casket for five years in relation to lottery products.

“The collective bargaining arrangements will give Queensland newsagents a choice of collective bargaining group for lottery arrangements,” ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.

RACQ and its Approved Repairers to offer a warranty repair service

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorisation to the RACQ and its Approved Repairers to allow them to set the labour rate for warranty repairs undertaken by another Approved Repairer.

“Allowing RACQ Approved Repairers to offer reciprocal warranty repairs to consumers assists those repairers to better compete with larger network repairers,” ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.

ACCC commences inquiry into access to mobile networks

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has commenced a public inquiry to decide whether to extend, vary or revoke the domestic mobile terminating access service (MTAS) declaration, or whether to make a new declaration.

The MTAS is a wholesale service that mobile network operators offer each other so that calls on different networks can be connected. It is provided by a mobile network operator when they connect a call on its network. The network originating the call (whether fixed or mobile) pays the network receiving the call (or terminating the call) for the MTAS.

ACCC releases Indigenous education film ‘Door to Door Sales’

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its latest Indigenous education film ‘Door to Door Sales’ to encourage consumers to use their rights when a salesperson knocks at their door.

“Like many Australians, Indigenous consumers may not be aware that the Australian Consumer Law protects them when sales people come knocking,” ACCC Northern Territory Regional Director Derek Farrell said.

ACCC proposes to allow joint tender for recycling services to inner-Sydney councils

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination that proposes to grant authorisation to a number of inner-Sydney councils to jointly tender and contract for the processing of dry recyclable material (DRM). These councils are Burwood Council, Ashfield Council, Auburn Council, City of Canada Bay Council, Leichhardt Council and Strathfield Council.

AGL ordered to pay $1.5 million for illegal door-to-door sales practices

The Federal Court has ordered by consent that AGL Sales Pty Ltd and AGL South Australia Pty Ltd pay combined penalties of $1.555 million for illegal door-to-door selling practices, following action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. CPM Australia Pty Ltd, the marketing company used by the AGL companies, was also ordered to pay $200,000 for its role in the conduct.

ACCC testing reveals unsafe motorcycle helmets

Over 1,000 potentially dangerous motorcycle helmets have been recalled after testing by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission found they were unsafe and did not meet the Australian/New Zealand Standard.

“Motorcycle helmets are critical protective devices that are designed to prevent or minimise head injury during an accident,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

“Motorcyclists must be able to rely on their helmets meeting the safety requirements.”

ACCC accepts undertaking from FOXTEL over free TV offer

FOXTEL Management Pty Ltd has provided the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission with a court enforceable undertaking following allegations that FOXTEL breached the Australian Consumer Law with a free television offer.

FOXTEL represented that customers who subscribed to a 12 month plan between 12 February 2012 and 5 April 2012 would receive a free 22 inch neoniQ television within ten days of installation of their FOXTEL service. The offer was advertised in a nationwide campaign, which included television advertisements and direct marketing.