The Competition and Consumer Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 was also introduced into the Senate and read a first time. The second reading was moved and debate adjourned to the September sittings. Debate was further adjourned at the September sittings to a later sitting of the senate, which next sits from 31 October to 10 November 2011.
The House of Representatives passed the Bill which proposes to address the issue of creeping acquisitions and simplify the unconscionable conduct provisions in the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
The Bill was re-introduced this year after it was originally tabled in May 2010 but lapsed before passing the Senate as a result of the Federal election. The Bill replicates the original Bill with the addition of some minor technical amendments.