House of Representatives Committees

Standing Committee on Economics, Finance and Public Administration

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Review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission annual report 1996-97

The Committee tabled its report Review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission annual report 1996-97 on 9 March 1998. Copies of the full report are available in PDF format (143KB) or from the Committee Secretariat.

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Government response to the Committee's report was tabled on 9 March 1999

 

Table of contents of report: Review of the ACCC annual report 1996-97

FOREWORD

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE

TERMS OF REFERENCE

ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

RECOMMENDATIONS

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
Background
1996-97 changes and developments
Roles, powers and criticisms
Who watches the competition watchdog: The review
Structure of the report

CHAPTER TWO: MERGERS
s 51 statutory exemptions
Transparency of s 87B merger undertakings
Concentration thresholds
Monitoring and evaluation of outcomes

CHAPTER THREE: ACCC LEGAL REPRESENTATION IN THE FOXTEL/ AUSTRALIS MEDIA MERGER CASE
Background
Was the engagement necessary in the public interest?
Was the engagement lawful?
Was the engagement proper?
Gilbert & Tobin fee arrangement
Perception that there was a windfall for the AGS
Weighing perception and reality
Future arrangements
The AGS backs down: Change to current arrangements
Conclusion
ACCC conflict of interest regarding Optus and restrictions on uses of 131 008 mobile phone access

CHAPTER FOUR: RELATED ISSUES
ACCC compliance work and s 87B undertakings
Bias and the Australian Competition Tribunal
Progress in implementing Wallis Report reforms
Competition, consumer benefits and regional variations
Conclusions on the performance of the ACCC

APPENDIX 1: LIST OF SUBMISSIONS

APPENDIX 2: LIST OF EXHIBITS

APPENDIX 3: LIST OF HEARINGS AND WITNESSES
Private Briefing

APPENDIX 4: CIRCUMSTANCES RELATING TO ENGAGEMENT OF GILBERT & TOBIN SOLICITORS

APPENDIX 5: REVIEW OF THE AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION ANNUAL REPORT 1995-96: LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS

COMMITTEE'S REVIEWS OF ANNUAL REPORTS - 38TH PARLIAMENT

LIST OF TABLES
Table 1.1: Key aspects of the ACCC's 1996-97 annual report
Table 2.1: Concerns raised about the way in which the ACCC carries out its functions
Table 3.1: Summary of evidence provided on the Gilbert & Tobin solicitors fee arrangements

Media releases

During the course of the inquiry the following media releases were issued by the Committee:

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