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Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill 2017

2016-2017

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill 2017

 

No.      , 2017

 

(Treasury)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 , and for related purposes

   

   



Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 3

Schedule 1—Definition of “competition”                                                                 5

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                      5

Schedule 2—Cartels                                                                                                               6

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                     6

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                      6

Part 2—Renumbering Division 1 of Part IV and Schedule 1                  12

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    12

Schedule 3—Price signalling and concerted practices                                    16

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                        16

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    16

Part 2—Other amendments                                                                                       21

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    21

Schedule 4—Exclusionary provisions                                                                       27

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    27

Schedule 5—Covenants affecting competition                                                    28

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    28

Schedule 6—Secondary boycotts                                                                                 31

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    31

Schedule 7—Third line forcing                                                                                     32

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    32

Schedule 8—Resale price maintenance                                                                    33

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    33

Schedule 9—Authorisations, notifications and class exemptions             37

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                        37

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    37

Part 2—Other amendments                                                                                       52

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    52

Radiocommunications Act 1992                                                                              72

Schedule 10—Admissions of fact                                                                                 76

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    76

Schedule 11—Power to obtain information, documents and evidence 77

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    77

Schedule 12—Access to services                                                                                   79

Part 1—Declared services                                                                                          79

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    79

Part 2—Effective access regimes                                                                           85

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    85

Part 3—Access to declared services                                                                     91

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    91

Part 4—Contingent amendments                                                                           92

Division 1—Public Governance amendments have already commenced       92

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    92

Division 2—Public Governance amendments have not commenced              92

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    92

Schedule 13—Application and transitional provisions                                   93

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    93

Schedule 14—Other amendments                                                                               99

Part 1—Removal of requirements for Ministerial consents                      99

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                    99

Part 2—Jurisdiction of State and Territory Courts                                     100

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                  100

Part 3—Register of notifications                                                                          101

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                  101

Part 4—Confidentiality of notices                                                                      102

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                  102

Part 5—Cartel offences                                                                                             103

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                  103

Part 6—Unsolicited consumer agreements                                                      104

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                  104

Part 7—Misleading conduct as to the nature etc. of goods                    108

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                  108

Part 8—Power to obtain information, documents and evidence         109

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                  109

Part 9—Application and transitional provisions                                           110

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                  110

 

 



A Bill for an Act to amend the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 , and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act is the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Act 2017 .

2   Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Schedule 1

The provisions do not commence at all unless the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Act 2017 receives the Royal Assent.

If that Act receives the Royal Assent, the provisions commence on:

(a) a single day to be fixed by Proclamation; or

(b) if no earlier day is fixed under paragraph (a), the day after the end of the period of 6 months beginning on the later of:

(i) the day this Act receives the Royal Assent; and

(ii) the day the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Act 2017 receives the Royal Assent.

 

3.  Schedule 2, Part 1

At the same time as the provisions covered by table item 2.

 

4.  Schedule 2, Part 2

Immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 3.

 

5.  Schedules 3 to 8

At the same time as the provisions covered by table item 2.

 

6.  Schedule 9, items 1 to 103

At the same time as the provisions covered by table item 2.

 

7.  Schedule 9, item 104

Immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 5.

 

8.  Schedule 9, items 105 to 132

At the same time as the provisions covered by table item 2.

 

9.  Schedule 9, item 133

Immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 11.

 

10.  Schedule 9, items 134 to 167

At the same time as the provisions covered by table item 2.

 

11.  Schedules 10 and 11

At the same time as the provisions covered by table item 2.

 

12.  Schedule 12, Parts 1 to 3

At the same time as the provisions covered by table item 2.

 

13.  Schedule 12, Part 4, Division 1

Immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 2.

However, the provisions do not commence at all if Schedule 2 to the Public Governance and Resources Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2017 does not commence before that time.

 

14.  Schedule 12, Part 4, Division 2

Immediately after the commencement of the provisions covered by table item 2.

However, the provisions do not commence at all if Schedule 2 to the Public Governance and Resources Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2017 commences before that time.

 

15.  Schedule 13

At the same time as the provisions covered by table item 2.

 

16.  Schedule 14

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3   Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.