On 30 March 2017, the Australian Government introduced the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill 2017 (CPR Bill) into the House of Representatives. The CPR Bill is one of two bills drafted to implement the Harper Review recommendations regarding changes to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (the Act). The complementary Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2017 was introduced into the Senate on 29 March 2017. The CPR Bill contains a broad range of amendments to the Act. These include: replacing the automatic ('per se') prohibition on third line forcing with a 'purpose and effects' test. replacing the price signalling provisions with a general prohibition on concerted practices that have the purpose, effect or likely effect of substantially lessening competition. consolidating various authorisation provisions, including those relating to mergers, into a single authorisation process. broadening joint venture exceptions to appropriately exempt legitimate joint ventures from being caught by cartel provisions. The text of the Bill is available here. The Explanatory Memorandum is available here. The Treasurer's press release is available here.