Senate debates

Thursday, 19 October 2006

Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2005

Consideration of House of Representatives Message

12:32 pm

Photo of Steve FieldingSteve Fielding (Victoria, Family First Party) Share this | Hansard source

Before the interruptions, which were frivolous, I was explaining that the issue here is as follows. Let us just look at one area—say, the authorisation process we had before. The ACCC would look at something, and then if there was an appeal to the tribunal the ACCC had almost no role in the tribunal process. This bill cuts it in, and allows it to call witnesses to put forward their case strongly. Clearly, the ACCC has more powers, not fewer, and that is the reason why Family First supports this legislation.


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