Australia Seeks Public Input On Antitrust Law Reform

Law360, New York (January 8, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Australia's government is weighing a recommendation by the country's antitrust watchdog to reform federal competition law and remove obstacles to securing convictions in price-fixing cases.

Consumer Affairs Minister Chris Bowen on Thursday called for public submissions on the proposal by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to amend the language of the Trade Practices Act to make it easier to win cases against cartels.

The ACCC said in its 2007 Petrol Prices Report that court decisions had, over time, narrowed the type of conduct by two...
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