Trade Practices Amendment (Guaranteed Lowest Prices - Blacktown Amendment) Bill 2009

Trade Practices Amendment (Guaranteed Lowest Prices - Blacktown Amendment) Bill 2009

24 November 2009

© Commonwealth of Australia 2009
ISBN 978-1-74229-170-3

View the report as a single document - (PDF 303KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of Committee (PDF 40KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 22KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - The bill: provisions and rationale (PDF 44KB)

Which entities are covered by the bill?
Practices exempt from the bill's provisions
The rationale for the bill
Concentration of the Australian retail grocery and petrol markets
Table 2.1: Woolworths' and Coles' share of key grocery category sales
Table 2.2: Price level indices: Food and non-alcoholic beverages, 2005, World =100
Table 2.3: Consumer prices: % change 2005 to 2009 (Q3)
Table 2.4: Shares of retail sales by volume by brand in Australia (%)

Chapter 3 - Geographic price discrimination in Australia (PDF 58KB)

What is geographic price discrimination?
Supermarkets' pricing policies in Australia
Petrol retailers' pricing policies
Committee view
The lack of adequate research

Chapter 4 - Predatory pricing, geographic price discrimination and the Trade Practices Act (PDF 50KB)

Predatory pricing and the TPA
Price discrimination and the TPA
Section 46 is inadequate and ineffective
Section 46 is adequate to proscribe geographic price discrimination

Chapter 5 - Practical concerns with the bill (PDF 39KB)

Impact on prices for consumers
Committee view
The domino effect
Compliance costs for small businesses
Stock management
Pricing of fresh fruit and vegetables
Obligation to supply
Ad-hoc store discounts
Committee conclusions

Minority Report by Senators Joyce and Xenophon (PDF 65KB)

Market dominance
Geographic price discrimination
Impact on Independents

Submissions Received
Additional Information Received
APPENDIX 2 - Public Hearings and Witnesses (PDF 9KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Economics
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3540
Fax: +61 2 6277 5719