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Notice given 24 June 2003

*3  Senator Conroy: To move—

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 4 December 2003:

Whether the Trade Practices Act 1974 adequately protects small businesses from anti-competitive or unfair conduct, with particular reference to:

(a) whether section 46 of the Act deals effectively with abuses of market power by big businesses, and, if not, the implications of the inadequacy of section 46 for small businesses, consumers and the competitive process;

(b) whether Part IVA of the Act deals effectively with unconscionable or unfair conduct in business transactions;

(c) whether Part IVB of the Act operates effectively to promote better standards of business conduct, and, if not, what further use could be made of Part IVB of the Act in raising standards of business conduct through industry codes of conduct;

(d) whether there are any other measures that can be implemented to assist small businesses in more effectively dealing with anti-competitive or unfair conduct; and

(e) whether there are approaches adopted in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) economies for dealing with the protection of small business as a part of competition law which could usefully be incorporated into Australian law.

(2) That the committee make recommendations for legislative amendments to rectify any weaknesses in the Trade Practices Act identified by the committee’s inquiry.

*4  Senator Carr: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee for inquiry and report by 26 November 2003:

The Government’s proposed budget changes to higher education, with particular reference to:

(a) the principles of the Government’s higher education package;

(b) the effect of these proposals upon sustainability, quality, equity and diversity in teaching and research at universities, with particular reference to:

(i) the financial impact on students, including merit selection, income support and international comparisons,

(ii) the financial impact on universities, including the impact of the Commonwealth Grants Scheme, the differential impact of fee deregulation, the expansion of full fee places and comparable international levels of government investment, and

(iii) the provision of fully funded university places, including provision for labour market needs, skill shortages and regional equity, and the impact of the ‘learning entitlement’;

(c) the implications of such proposals on the sustainability of research and research training in public research agencies;

(d) the effect of this package on the relationship between the Commonwealth, the States and universities, including issues of institutional autonomy, governance, academic freedom and industrial relations; and

(e) alternative policy and funding options for the higher education and public research sectors.

Order of the Day

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Aviation Transport Security Bill 2003 and the Aviation Transport Security (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2003. ( Referred upon the introduction of the bill in the House of Representatives pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)