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Competing Interests: is there balance? Review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Annual Report 1999-2000

The Committee tabled its report Competing Interests: is there balance? Review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Annual Report 1999-2000 on 24 September 2001. Copies of the full report are available in PDF format (202KB) or from the Committee Secretariat.

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Table of contents of report: Competing Interests: is there balance? Review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Annual Report 1999-2000

FRONT SECTION (PDF format 35KB)

(This document contains the sections of the report from the Foreword to the List of Abbreviations)

FOREWORD

MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE

TERMS OF REFERENCE

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

CHAPTER 1 – INTRODUCTION (PDF format 28KB)

Background
Ongoing concerns with the ACCC's role
Continuing the watch on the watchdog: The review
Structure of the report

CHAPTER 2 – ACCC'S ROLE IN PREVENTING ANTI-COMPETITIVE BEHAVIOUR (PDF format 55KB)

Background
Mergers
ACCC approach to mergers
Criticism of ACCC approach
Case studies
Cartels
Authorisation
Case studies
Assistance to rural medical services
Protection of small business
Case studies
Legislative changes

CHAPTER 3 – PRICES OVERSIGHT (PDF format 45KB)

Background
Current prices oversight powers of the ACCC
Prices Surveillance Act 1983
Declarations and the price notification process
Inquiries into pricing
Price monitoring
Trade Practices Act 1974
Part IIIA - The access regime
Part VB - Price exploitation in relation to NTS
Informal price monitoring
Petroleum products
Bank fees and charges
Proposed changes to PS Act

CHAPTER 4 – ENFORCEMENT ISSUES (PDF format 56KB)

Allegations of 'arm twisting' by the ACCC
Telecommunications
Price exploitation
Did the ACCC overstate its powers?
The 10 per cent rule
ACCC's arguments for stronger trade practices laws
The effects test
Cease and desist power
Imprisonment
Splitting the ACCC
ACCC's performance overall

APPENDIX A - LIST OF SUBMISSIONS (PDF format 9KB)

APPENDIX B - LIST OF EXHIBITS (PDF format 10KB)

APPENDIX C - LIST OF HEARINGS AND WITNESSES (PDF format 11KB)

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