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Friday, 25 November 2011
Page: 9658


Senator SHERRY (TasmaniaMinister Assisting on Deregulation and Public Sector Superannuation, Minister for Small Business and Minister Assisting the Minister for Tourism) (12:11): I thank Senator Milne for her contribution. She makes two very reasonable points. In noting that, I have been present on one occasion when the new head of the ACCC, Mr Sims—this was in the context of franchising law, on which there has been some recent improvement in dispute resolution and a range of other changes—indicated the ACCC's renewed interest in applying the upgraded franchising area of the legislation and devoting more attention to that. I will not go to other issues of franchising reform, but I do note that. I think it is an important consideration. I accept Senator Milne's caveat that, in supporting these amendments today, the Greens will be keeping a close eye on developments as they emerge from the focus of the ACCC.