Australia: Watchdog will help oversight Airbnb

Australia: Watchdog will help oversight Airbnb

Australia’s competition watchdog will work directly with Airbnb, Stayz and other shared accommodation providers to stop the dramatic rise in users being scammed on the site. The Australian Consumer & Competition Commission has flagged a more direct approach to dealing with shared accommodation providers to make warnings of potential scams clearer and strengthen consumer protect­ions. […]

Australia: ACCC urges consumers to use petrol price comparison apps

Australia: ACCC urges consumers to use petrol price comparison apps

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims says fuel price comparison tools that help motorists pinpoint the cheapest deals were helping some save as much as $15 each time they filled up their tank. “The ACCC estimates that by timing their purchases of petrol, and choosing to buy from the lowest priced retailer, motorists […]

Competition Alive & Kicking in New Zealand

Competition Alive & Kicking in New Zealand

By Andrew Matthews & Gus Stewart – New Zealand’s competition regulator,the Commerce Commission,has had a busy first three quarters of 2016, actively investigating and enforcing a wide range of competition and consumer laws. The Commission, on the back of its increased advocacy and media engagement, has been influential in driving an increased awareness of competition and consumer […]

Rethinking the CCA: Draft Legislation Lays Groundwork for Significant Change

Rethinking the CCA: Draft Legislation Lays Groundwork for Significant Change

By Elizabeth Avery, Simon Muys & Matt Rubinstein – Australia’s competition laws have been under review for over two years. The Competition Policy Review chaired by Professor Ian Harper “the Harper Review” deliver its final report on March 31, 2015. It then took another 12 months for the Commonwealth Government to finalize its response to the Harper […]

Balancing public and private enforcement – an Australian perspective

Balancing public and private enforcement – an Australian perspective

By Rebecca Gilsenan and Marcus Bezzi The lack of compensation flowing to the victims of cartel conduct in Australia is a matter of significant concern to those victims but it is also a matter of some concern in terms of how effectively cartel conduct can be deterred. The Harper Committee Recommendations on private actions, accepted […]

Transparency is Not Just Good for Those Regulated, It Also Strengthens Enforcers—An ACCC Perspective

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Marcus Bezzi, Nicholas Heys, Jul 15, 2015 Now 40 years old, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission—with its various predecessors—is one of the mature competition agencies. It has established a strong reputation for effectiveness and independence. It has gained this position because it […]

The Intersection of Advertising and Antitrust in New Zealand

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Andrew Matthews, Gus Stewart, Jul 29, 2014 Advertising and antitrust have been inextricably linked in New Zealand since at least 1986. That year both the Fair Trading Act (which prohibits misleading and deceptive conduct) and the Commerce Act (the antitrust legislation) were enacted. […]

Competition in the Australian Grocery Industry

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Sarah Moritz, Paul Schoff, Eric White, Jun 30, 2014 Competition in the Australian grocery retail industry has been a focus of Australian media, politics, and regulatory activity for several years. Given that the actions of Australia’s largest grocery retailers have a significant impact […]

Antitrust and the Grocery/Food Sector in New Zealand

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Andrew Matthews, Gus Stewart, Jun 30, 2014 Antitrust issues are very much alive in the New Zealand grocery sector, arising in a number of contexts, including: (i) merger approvals, (ii) abuse in relation to demand-side market power, and (iii) fair trading, each of […]

Resale Price: Australian Experience and Perspectives

Julie Clarke, Philip Clarke, Oct 28, 2013 The prohibition of RPM occupies a special position in Australian competition law. It was the first anticompetitive practice to be specifically outlawed when Australian competition law commenced in earnest in the 1970s, is a per seoffense, has been expanded in scope rather than curtailed, and, unlike most other […]