Country Report Australia October 1996 Main report

Economic policy: ACCC will regulate the telecommunications industry

In mid-September the federal government unveiled guidelines designed to foster competition in the telecommunications sector after deregulation occurs in 1997. (Deregulation will take place, whatever happens to Telstra.) The most significant feature is the granting of new powers to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which will enable it to move swiftly on predatory pricing. In addition to being able to seek injunctions, the ACCC will also be able to issue what will be called "competition notices" stating that a carrier or service provider has engaged in anti-competitive conduct. The onus of proof for this not being so will fall on the carrier. Claims for damage or loss resulting from anti- competitive behaviour will be heard in the Federal Court.

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