The Dawson Report and Merger Regulation

45 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2009

Date Written: December 1, 2003


The Review of the Competition Law Provisions of the Trade Practices Act (The Dawson Report) was released by the Australian Government in April 2003. The first substantial chapter in the report relates to mergers. While recommending the existing substantial lessening of competition test be retained, the Committee made a number of significant recommendations for procedural change in the assessment of proposed mergers. This paper examines those recommendations.

Keywords: Mergers, Trade Practices Act, Competition Law, Dawon Report

JEL Classification: K21

Suggested Citation

Clarke, Julie N, The Dawson Report and Merger Regulation (December 1, 2003). Deakin Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 8, 2003, Available at SSRN:

Julie N Clarke (Contact Author)

Melbourne Law School ( email )

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Victoria, Victoria 3010


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