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Notice given 19 June 2001

3635  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—With reference to the case of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Mr Tony Hassett, in Tasmania:

(1) Is it a fact that the Tasmanian Office of Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading informed the ACCC that there has not been any complaints about Mr Hassett or his business; if so: (a) why did the ACCC investigation proceed; and (b) what is the ACCC’s understanding of why no complaints had reached the Tasmanian Consumer Affairs division.

(2) (a) How many complaints about Mr Hassett were registered with the ACCC before it began investigating this case; and (b) in each instance, why was no complaint made to the state office of Consumer Affairs.

(3) Who is the most senior officer in the ACCC dealing with this issue.