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Do Australian competition laws protect farmers and small businesses?

- Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Much has been made about the dominance of the Coles-Woolworths duopoly, their possible anti-competitive behaviour towards suppliers and the reluctance of the ACCC to intervene and protect farmers and small businesses.

In the Australian Farm Institutes quarterly newsletter just released, the In My View column features the thoughts of two prominent Parliamentarians on Australian competition policy as it affects farm businesses. Senator Nick Xenophon calls for a Supermarket Ombudsman to oversee and act as an independent referee between retailers, suppliers and producers while  Senator Colbeck believes it’s time for a comprehensive review  of the regulatory framework to ensure it remains effective. What is your view?

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