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The Harper Review

The Harper Report

Misuse of market power provisions

The firm has made a submission to Treasury on the implications of the Harper Review's proposed changes to the misuse of market power provisions.

Allens has also prepared a subsequent submission to Treasury regarding its consideration of reform options.

Ian Harper speaks to CEDA audience

Allens was the major sponsor of CEDA's key event: Competition Policy Review with Professor Ian Harper Tuesday, 14 April 2015 in Melbourne.

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Ian Harper

Introduction to Harper Report

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How will the Government Respond?

Kon Stelios interviews Simon Troeth of Newgate Australia.

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Government unveils proposed changes to competition laws

The Federal Government's Competition Policy Bill, which contains its response to the Harper Review's broader recommendations on competition law and policy, will make significant changes to Australian competition laws. We have analysed the implications of the Competition Policy Bill and the Misuse of Market Power Bill, both of which are expected to be expeditiously progressed through Parliament when it reconvenes in May 2017.

Download our analysis of the key provisions. We trust you find it helpful.

Please feel free to contact a member of our competition and consumer law team to discuss the Government's response in more detail and how it applies to your organisation.

Ian Harper's review of competition policy is the most significant review of Australia’s competition laws and policy in more than 20 years. The panel was tasked with a broad ranging review, encompassing consideration of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and the regulatory institutions who administer and enforce competition and consumer laws. The final report was released on 31 March 2015.

The Harper Panel's recommendations are set to drive major regulatory reform which, if implemented, will impact on Australian businesses across a wide range of sectors.

We will be working closely with our clients to identify the opportunities and challenges that the proposed reforms may provide. We will also keep you up to date on the Government's response to the report and the status of legislative reforms.

This is a live website and more information will be added as we further analyse the report and its implications and keep you updated on future developments.

The major issues: Briefing Materials

Allens' Competition team has put together the following tools for our clients as they consider the impact of the Harper recommendations on their businesses:

The Government’s proposed amendments to Australia’s competition laws
March 2017

The implications for corporate Australia of the Government's response
November 2015

The Government's position on key proposals
November 2015

Key issues for General Counsel

Key issues for General Counsel
March 2015

Harper Review recommendations

What the Harper Review recommendations mean for your company

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