Competing fairly

Grocery update: AFGC Leaders Forum

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims provides an update on grocery issues at the Australian Food & Grocery Council Leaders Forum in Canberra. He talks about the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct, misleading health claims, recent work in agriculture and the ACCC's role in assisting with competition issues and free trade agreements.

Enhancing competition in retail

At the AFR Retail Summit in Melbourne, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims discusses three related themes around competition and retail; first, removing restrictions, and using the competition laws to good effect; second, addressing misuse of bargaining power in the supply chain; and third, how consumer protection plays an important role in creating a level playing field and underpinning competition and our market economy.

How collective bargaining can benefit farmers and small businesses

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Deputy Chair Michael Schaper has today launched a new guide for small businesses and farmers on the potential benefits of collective bargaining.

A collective bargaining arrangement allows two or more competing businesses to jointly negotiate with a supplier or a customer over terms, conditions, and prices. Where the ACCC is satisfied that the arrangement provides an overall public benefit, it can allow conduct which may otherwise be prohibited by the Competition and Consumer Act.

ACCC Chairman says better media and intellectual property regulations can boost innovation

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims today provided insights on media laws, intellectual property and recent ACCC competition activities at the RBB Economics Conference in Sydney.

Mr Sims focussed on the current innovation debate.

“As someone with a long interest in this debate, I hope most focus will be on the “three Rs” of innovation: appropriate tax, industrial relations and competition policies,” Mr Sims said.

ACCC believes price monitoring for monopoly infrastructure will damage Australia’s economy

Price monitoring for monopoly infrastructure is ill-conceived in theory and not working in practice, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims said today.

At the Gilbert + Tobin infrastructure workshop in Melbourne, Mr Sims called for a return to the approach to regulation of monopoly infrastructure envisaged by the Hilmer Committee.

“Hilmer recognised that the regulation of monopoly infrastructure would require, at a minimum, the implementation of a negotiate/arbitrate framework.”

How did the light handed regulation of monopolies become no regulation?

Speaking at the Gilbert + Tobin infrastructure workshop in Melbourne, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims calls for a return to the approach to regulation of monopoly infrastructure envisaged by the Hilmer Committee. Mr Sims also argues that it is wrong to suggest that we should not be concerned about high monopoly pricing of infrastructure because the result is only a pure transfer of economic rent. Mr Sims also refers to the ACCC’s work with Australian governments to highlight the importance of privatising assets to promote competition, rather than just the sale price.