Thursday, 27 February 2020 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • Bargaining imbalance between media and digital platforms must be addressed

    Disruption and dislocation in the media markets should concern all Australians, ACCC Chair Rod Sims said at the Melbourne Press Club today.

    In a speech reflecting on the recommendations in the final report of the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry, released last month, Mr Sims noted the regulatory imbalance between traditional media and digital platforms.

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  • Inquiry into Murray-Darling Basin water markets commences

    The ACCC has commenced an Inquiry into markets for tradeable water rights in the Murray-Darling Basin.

    As a formal inquiry under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, the ACCC will have access to compulsory information gathering powers that will enable a thorough examination of competition and transparency issues in the markets.

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  • Boosting regional ambulance coverage

    Three new paramedics will be employed at Dodges Ferry, three at Bicheno, three at Deloraine and three at St Helens this year, as part of the Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s plan to boost ambulance resources across Tasmania.

    The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to continuing to boost ambulance services and support our hardworking volunteers.

    That’s why we are recruiting 42 additional paramedics in rural and regional areas, to ensure we have coverage right across the state.

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  • Recognising excellence in Tasmanian timber

    Tasmanian timber is known as some of the best in the world and our forest management practices are envied around the globe.

    Our industry was recognised at the inaugural Tasmanian Timber Awards in Launceston this evening.

    The 2019 Tasmanian Timber Awards saw 40 finalists across 13 categories recognised across specialty fields in the forestry, timber and wood processing industry.

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  • Record losses expected as scammers target Australians

    Australians are set to lose a record amount to scams in 2019, with projections from losses reported to Scamwatch and other government agencies so far expected to exceed $532 million by the end of the year, surpassing half a billion dollars for the first time.

    This year’s National Scams Awareness Week (12-16 August) theme is “too smart to be scammed?” and the ACCC, along with over 100 campaign partners from government and industry, is urging consumers to test their scams knowledge and refresh their scam protection and detection skills.

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  • Preliminary concerns on Saputo buying cheese business

    The ACCC has preliminary competition concerns about dairy company Saputo’s proposed acquisition of the Tasmanian-based cheese business of competitor Lion Dairy & Drinks.

    Saputo owns a milk processing plant in Smithton, Tasmania. It proposes to acquire Lion’s Tasmanian cheese processing plants, located in Burnie and King Island, as well as Lion’s cheese brands, including South Cape, King Island Dairy and Tasmanian Heritage.

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  • HealthEngine in court for allegedly misusing patient data and manipulating reviews

    The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against online health booking platform HealthEngine Pty Ltd (HealthEngine) for misleading and deceptive conduct relating to the sharing of consumer information with insurance brokers and the publishing of patient reviews and ratings.

    The ACCC claims that between 31 March 2015 to 1 March 2018, HealthEngine manipulated the patient reviews it published, and misrepresented to consumers why HealthEngine did not publish a rating for some health practices.

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  • Concerns about Bis-Cougar mining equipment deal


    The ACCC has raised preliminary competition concerns about Bis Industries Holdings Ltd’s (Bis) proposed acquisition of Cougar Mining Group Pty Ltd (Cougar), in a statement of issues published today.

    Bis and Cougar both provide mining equipment hire services to the underground coal mining industry in New South Wales and Queensland, including the hire of longwall relocation equipment and run-of-mine equipment.

    The ACCC has preliminary concerns about the supply of longwall relocation equipment hire services.

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  • GMO free status creates markets for Tasmanian products

    In a significant boost for local producers and exporters, Tasmania’s moratorium on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) will be extended for another 10 years.

    Tasmania’s GMO-free status is an important part of the Tasmanian brand, offering a marketing advantage for our high quality, high value primary industries and is a key component in the Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s goal to grow the annual value of our agricultural sector to $10 billion by 2050.

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  • Tasmanian housing sector continues to build

    The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is a strong supporter of our building and construction sector, and we are committed to further investment and jobs across the industry.

    This is why it is no surprise that momentum in Tasmania’s housing sector continues to strengthen, according to data released today by the ABS for June 2019.

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