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Unfair Contract Terms Regime to Protect Small Business

On 24 June 2015, the Federal Minister for Small Business, the Hon Bruce Billson MP, introduced the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015 (Bill) into Parliament which will extend...more

Carbon Tax Repeal Places Spotlight on Price Reductions

After months of delay, the Australian Government has passed legislation to repeal Australia's carbon tax and introduce new sanctions against energy and gas refrigerant entities that do not pass on cost savings arising from...more

Opportunity for Exporters to Improve the Competitive Framework in Australia

The Competition Policy Review Panel (Review Panel) has released its much anticipated Issues Paper on the 'root and branch' review of Australian competition laws and policy. It is a wide ranging review which is intended...more

5/2/2014  /  Australia , Competition

Your Opportunity to Improve the Competitive Framework of Your Industry

Have Your Say on the Issues Paper on Australia's Competition Policy Review before 10 June 2014 - The Competition Policy Review Panel (Review Panel) has released its much anticipated Issues Paper on the 'root and...more

Federal Court Clarifies Unconscionable Conduct Law

In an important decision, the Full Federal Court of Australia has held that conduct alleged to be unconscionable is to be assessed against a normative standard of conscience, permeated with accepted and acceptable community...more

Franchising Newsletter – April 2013

Overview - There have been several franchising developments since our last update in February. This edition discusses: - minimising the risks when marketing through social media - comments from...more

Unfair Contract Terms - ACCC Moves to Enforcement Phase

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) period of grace concerning the use of unfair contract terms in standard form consumer contracts is over. Following an industry review which prompted some businesses...more

ACCC Takes Enforcement Action Against Manufacturers of Car Parts for Alleged Cartel Conduct

The latest Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) cartel enforcement action involves the institution of civil proceedings in the Federal Court in Adelaide against Japanese company Yazaki Corporation (Yazaki) as...more

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