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AustraliaTrade Practices Amendment (Infrastructure Access) Bill 2009

Senate Inquiry into Trade Practices Amendment (Infrastructure Access) Bill 2009

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Report (9 March 2010)

The Bill
Introduced 29 October 2009

About this Review

The Bill proposes to amend Part IIIA of the TPA, relating to the National Access Regime. Proponents of the bill claim the changes are designed to improve certainty and streamline the administrative processes associated with regulating third party access. This will include limiting merits review by limiting the additional information the Tribunal can consider on appeal. The amendments have been agreed to by COAG (see second reading speech of Mr Hartsuyker).

See item in Australian Financial Review, Friday 5 February 2010 page 42 by James Eyers, discussing criticisms of the bill made by Justice Finkelstein (current Tribunal President). Finkelstein is quoted as saying that limiting merits review in the way suggested will 'seriously detract from the tribunal's ability to make correct decisions'. The article also cites the Law Council of Australia as criticising the proposed limits on merits review as 'unduly restrictive'.

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Passage of Bill

Bill passed on 24 June 2010; Assent on 13 July 2010

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