Sector: Government

Reform has a new top dog

December 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

The new chairman of the Productivity Commission, Peter Harris, has an interesting road ahead of him with a number of early challenges.  Luckily, he’s no stranger to difficult reform. His career has spanned many sectors...

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Access All Areas

December 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Productivity Commission (PC) has commenced a 12 month inquiry into the National Access Regime. The Assistant Treasurer (David Bradbury) announced the commencement of the PC’s inquiry on 25 October 2012.  On 30 November, the...

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On 23 November 2012, the NZ Commerce Commission published its Enforcement Response Guidelines, describing how the NZCC enforces New Zealand’s fair trading, competition and credit contract laws. Read together with the NZCC’s Model Litigant Policy and Enforcement Criteria, the Guidelines...

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The Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada has made a bold statement by amending its integrity policy to effectively prevent parties who have been found guilty of bid-rigging from submitting future tenders to...

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There’s no ACCCounting for penalties

November 20, 2012 | 1 Comments

The ACCC recently released its quarterly ACCCount update of its enforcement and other activities for the July-September 2012 quarter. Headline achievements for the quarter include: collecting over $6.8 million in court penalties in enforcement cases...

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After several years of debate, Hong Kong’s new Competition Ordinance was published in the official gazette in June this year.  The obligations contained in the Ordinance are outlined in terms that will be familiar to...

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Refinement of merger regime in Indonesia

October 18, 2012 | 1 Comments

On 2 October 2012, the Indonesian Competition Commission (KPPU) published new regulations addressing mergers and acquisitions.  Regulation No. 3 of 2012 further revises the KPPU’s 2010 merger review guidelines and Regulation No. 4 of 2012...

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September 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

The UK OFT has published new guidance on the setting of penalties for competition law infringements, reflecting its experience of applying penalties and recent judgments, international developments and comments from public consultation. The most recent...

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ACCC gives industry a peek at its hand

September 14, 2012 | 1 Comments

As noted in our post on the UK petrol inquiry, Rod Sims gave a speech on 12 September 2012 to the Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association (available here), in which he outlined the ACCC’s...

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UK petrol stations under the pump

September 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

The crusades against petrol prices continue, with the UK OFT the latest regulator to take up the cause. Since at least February this year, the OFT has been fielding calls to investigate petrol retailers. It...

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