The ACCC's inquiry was launched to address concerns about the market power of major digital platforms, such as Google and Facebook, and their impact on Australia's businesses and media.
Regulators are beginning to tackle big tech companies' hidden use of consumer data.
The ACCC has inquired into mortgage rates before. This time it will want detail.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the sheer dominance of Google and Facebook has distorted other businesses' ability to compete on their own merits.
The ACCC would like closer scrutiny of digital platforms such as Facebook and Google – in particular with regards to user privacy, market power and operational algorithms.
The government's new Franchising Code of Conduct leaves many of the fundamental problems affecting franchisees unfixed, and is a lost opportunity for reform, writes Jenny Buchan.
The recent attempt by Woolworths and Coles to extend their supermarket duoploy into petrol retail is against the spirit of Australian competition law, but the ACCC has little recourse to challenge it, writes Michael Peters.
Here we go again. Petrol prices are skyrocketing and the usual defenders of the big oil companies and major retailers are out there saying there is nothing wrong, writes Frank Zumbo.
As the year comes to an end it’s timely to reflect on how we might have been ripped off during 2012 and what can be done about it next year, writes Frank Zumbo.
All petrol retailers need to put their prices online for motorists to get the full benefit and to ensure a level playing field, write Frank Zumbo.