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Thursday, 23 June 2011
Page: 3649

Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (10:40): The ACCC would have a compliance role in relation to this particular bill. If state agencies want to point out that there has been a breach of labelling laws in relation to this, they can have the same engagement as is currently the case with any food-labelling requirement. As I see the legislation set out in its amended form, following consultation with the coalition, it would be done through the ACCC. But the local food agencies, the local state regulatory agencies, can say, 'Here is a breach of labelling laws.' The outcome is the same in terms of enforcement. The pathway by which the label has been affixed, if you like, is through Australian Consumer Law. So, in a sense, it enhances the enforcement mechanism. In practical terms it could be dealt with by local agencies that point out a breach of Australian Consumer Law. My understanding is that parties are not prohibited from bringing an action, but the fact is that the ACCC would have a role. If this is about consumers not being misled, I think that is entirely appropriate.