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NOTICE

Senator Boswell gave a notice of motion as follows: To move on the next day of sitting—That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 December 2010:

The decision of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to oppose the proposed acquisition of the Franklins supermarket business by Metcash Trading Limited, with particular reference to:

 (a) the basis of the ACCC decision to oppose the proposed purchase;

 (b) the competition impacts of the decision at the retail and wholesale levels;

 (c) whether the Franklins' distribution warehouses, supplying eight franchised stores, could be regarded as an independently sustainable wholesale business; and

 (d) any other related matters.