On 24 November 2016, the Australian Government announced that it will repeal the telecommunications-specific anti-competitive conduct laws (Part XIB) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (Act). This follows the public consultation process on the future operation of Part XIB in light of changes to the general misuse of market power law under section 46 of the Act. The Government claims that amendments to the misuse of market power law will be effective in preventing anti-competitive conduct, and that the transitional industry-specific conduct rules are no longer necessary. The proposed repeal is consistent with recommendations made in the Harper Review, and has also received support from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The decision to repeal Part XIB coincides with an announcement by the ACCC that it will commence an inquiry into the viability of a wholesale domestic mobile roaming service. Access to a roaming service would enable service providers to provide mobile coverage in areas beyond their own network. Notwithstanding the results of the inquiry, it is clear that the effects of a wholesale roaming service would be far-reaching, and would particularly benefit consumers living in regional areas. The press release by the Minister for Communications, which further outlines the Government's reasons for repealing Divisions 2 and 3 of Part XIB, is available here. The ACCC media release on the inquiry into a wholesale domestic mobile roaming service is available here. For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Allgrove, Toby Patten, Matthew Dempsey or Grace Loukides.