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We launch High Court challenge to defend owner-drivers

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

You’ll be aware of our condemnation of the Road ‘Safety’ Remuneration Tribunal and our calls to repeal the Act. The government says it will defer the Act until 1 January 2017. Now the National Party says that it will move to repeal the laws in the next sitting of Parliament (starts 18 April) and hope that Senator Glenn Lazarus will join them. More...


Killing competition. Murder or manslaughter?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

There’s an important debate happening at the moment about whether small business people can effectively compete in an allegedly open ‘competitive’ Australian economy.

It’s to do with whether or not the ‘effects’ test is introduced. It’s about how to stop big business abusing dominant market power. Big business strongly opposes the effects test. Small business (including us) strongly supports the change. More...


ACCC continues to send mixed messages on collective bargaining

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Yes,  it’s illegal to smoke marijuana but it’s okay to use a bong! That seems to be the type of message the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission is sending in its latest decision to allow the Transport Workers Union to bargain collectively with the giant Japanese-owned transport company Toll.

If you’ve followed us for a while, you’ll notice we’ve been persistent in pushing the ACCC to do something to stop unions and big businesses colluding to rort competition for their own benefit. More...


Government forces Coles and Woolworths to treat small business with contract fairness

Sunday, March 15, 2015

This month the Federal Small Business Minister, Bruce Billson, released the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct.  This is a big step forward for Australian small- and medium-sized businesses supplying to the supermarket sector.

The Code will force the supermarkets, particularly Coles and Woolworths, to have proper contracts with suppliers to which the supermarkets must adhere. The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission will monitor the Code. More...


Something stinks with our competition laws: ICA makes submission

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ICA has made a submission to the Federal Government’s Review of Competition Policy. We’ve decided not to be gentle in expressing our views.

The system stinks. It’s corrupt. Industrial relations laws and practices override competition policy and law, and thereby corrupt competition.  More...


ICA takes on Big Business, Big Union, Big Regulator with legal appeal

Friday, November 07, 2014

You may recall that in the middle of last month ICA was highly critical of the Australian competition regulator, the ACCC.

The ACCC had granted approval for the transport union, the TWU, to ‘collectively bargain’ with the transport giant Toll on behalf of some owner-drivers. We had previously lodged an objection to the application by the TWU. We objected because Toll had admitted that it was making secret payments ($50,000 plus) to the TWU on the condition that the TWU harass Toll’s competitors. More...


Competition watchdog's extraordinary double standard

Friday, October 17, 2014

Recent newspapers report that Australia’s competition protector, the ACCC, is taking action against giant Coles over the way it treats its suppliers. It’s good to see the ACCC challenging big business practices against small business people.

But just yesterday the ACCC effectively sanctioned anti-competitive collusive behaviour by a business ‘in bed’ with a union. The double standard displayed by the ACCC is extraordinary. The signal the ACCC is sending is that if a business wants to be anti-competitive and they do that through a union, then that’s okay. More...


Boss–Union collusion: Toll–TWU. ICA lodges formal objection

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In evidence to the Royal Commission into union corruption, the senior lawyer for the huge transport company, Toll, stated that Toll was paying the Transport Workers Union $50,000 a year to harass Toll’s competitors. Based on this admission, it’s reasonable to allege that Toll and the TWU are colluding for anti-competitive purposes in breach of Australia’s competition laws. Toll’s excuse (now) is that it’s doing this for safety reasons! (see letter below) Um!  More...


Self-employment policy reform: Local and global

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Following the meeting I had in London last month with the Professional Contractors Group, they’ve now released a YouTube clip of a policy discussion I had with them. Along with Professor Pat Leighton and PCG policy director Simon McVicker, we found common ground on key issues facing self-employed people internationally. We’ll be doing a lot of work in this area. More...



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