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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21837

Mr McClelland asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 13 May 2003:

(1) How much has the current Government spent to date on providing training or assistance to persons wanting to bargain collectively under the Trade Practices Act 1974.

(2) How was such training or assistance provided.

(3) How much does the Government plan to spend on providing such training or assistance in future.

Mr Costello (Treasurer) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)-(3) Collective negotiation arrangements, that would otherwise breach the Trade Practices Act 1974, may be authorised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) or Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT) where those arrangements are in the public interest. The ACCC has issued guidelines on its approach to granting authorisations.

The ACCC promotes understanding of and compliance with the Trade Practices Act 1974 through activities such as meetings, workshops, presentations, guidelines, and publications. These processes include dissemination of information relating to the authorisation process, including authorisation of applications by parties wishing to negotiate collectively.

There is not a separate line item for expenditure relating to such activity.