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Issues Paper - Unconscionable Conduct


Friday, 27 November 2009

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The Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, the Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP, has announced the appointment of an expert panel to consider issues arising out of the Government response to the Senate Economics Committee inquiry into unconscionable conduct.

To assist the panel's work, Treasury has prepared an issues paper concerning various options for clarifying the scope of the unconscionable conduct provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974.

Making a submission

Interested parties are invited to comment on the paper. While submissions may be lodged electronically, by post or by facsimile, electronic lodgment is preferred. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.

All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the Treasury website unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence. Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose. Respondents who would like part of their submission to remain in confidence should provide this information marked as such in a separate attachment. A request made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Commonwealth) for a submission marked 'confidential' to be made available will be determined in accordance with that Act.

Closing date for submissions: Friday, 18 December 2009

Address written submissions to:
Unconscionable Conduct Issues Paper
Competition and Consumer Policy Division
The Treasury
Langton Crescent

Email: unconscionableconduct@treasury.gov.au

Facsimile: (02) 6263 3964.

Documents Available:

Acrobat (PDF) documents

 Acrobat (PDF)

The Nature and Application of Unconscionable Conduct Regulation - Issues Paper  291.33kb

Microsoft Word (RTF) documents

 Microsoft Word (RTF)

The Nature and Application of Unconscionable Conduct Regulation - Issues Paper  477.59kb

Related Items:

Submissions: Issues Paper - Unconscionable Conduct - 7/01/2010

Treasury received 50 submissions in response to the consultation. There were 36 public submissions, and 14 confidential submissions. The submissions that do not contain confidential material are listed below and are accessible by selecting the author.

The opinions expressed in the submissions are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Government or the Treasury.

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