Supermarkets can cooperate in Soft Plastics Taskforce after REDcycle pauses recycling program

Major supermarket retailers will form part of a Soft Plastics Taskforce to explore solutions to address the immediate effects of REDcycle suspending its return-to-store soft plastics recovery program, following a conditional ACCC interim authorisation.

Coles, Woolworths and ALDI lodged an urgent application for interim authorisation last week.

ACCC to consult further on proposed extension of Virgin Australia and Alliance Airlines charter alliance agreement

The ACCC is seeking submissions on a draft determination issued today proposing to deny authorisation to an extension of a Charter Alliance Agreement between Virgin Australia Airlines, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) (together Virgin Australia) and Alliance Aviation Services (ASX:AQZ) and Alliance Airlines Pty Ltd (together, Alliance Airlines).

The ACCC grants authorisation for collective procurement of advanced waste processing services in south-east metropolitan Melbourne

The ACCC has decided to revoke authorisation AA1000448 and grant substitute authorisation AA1000616 to enable the State of Victoria, represented by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and 16 councils in the south eastern metropolitan Melbourne region to conduct a joint competitive tender process to investigate, and potentially procure, the provision of advanced waste processing services.

Virgin Australia's codeshare arrangements authorised by ACCC

The ACCC has granted authorisation for Virgin Australia to enter into codeshare pricing arrangements with its international airline partners for 5 years.

Virgin Australia’s international airline partners include United Airlines, Qatar Airways and other airlines that operate long-haul international routes.

Under the arrangements, Virgin Australia’s international airline partners will set the fares for long-haul international flights that Virgin Australia may market and resell to consumers.

Authorisation request for proposed settlement between pharmaceutical companies withdrawn

The pharmaceutical manufacturing company Celgene and generic drug companies, Juno and Natco have withdrawn their application to the ACCC for an authorisation for the provisions of a settlement and licence agreement. The companies sought ACCC authorisation to settle a patent dispute before the Federal Court of Australia.

The withdrawal of the request for authorisation follows the ACCC’s draft determination and ends the ACCC’s consideration of this issue.

Proposal to allow Telstra and NBN Co to amend broadband agreements

The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to authorise Telstra and NBN Co and their related entities to amend agreements that they entered into from 2011 and 2014 which facilitated the rollout of the national broadband network.

The existing agreements, authorised under statute, provide the necessary legal certainty that certain conduct would not contravene Australian competition laws. This conduct is not the subject of any previous or existing ACCC authorisations.