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.
Appointing a new small business commissioner without legislative teeth is futile, argues Frank Zumbo.
If we want market forces to work for us, rather than against us, we may need to start exercising a bit more policy creativity, writes Jenny Stewart.