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Mr Sims said : "It has been incredibly disruptive and the state health certificates are not workable," External link

abc-au Thursday, December 1, 2022 11:02:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The News media bargaining code is a great way to do this. Governments need to support certain types of journalism but working out a way forward with the big digital platforms is absolutely fundamental and the code does that very well,” External link

thehindu Friday, November 25, 2022 6:41:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The crucial step, for India, is getting a law passed. Then it becomes the country’s law and will protect journalism going into the future, just like I hope the News media bargaining code will do in Australia,” External link

thehindu Friday, November 25, 2022 6:41:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims added : “I am so chuffed for everyone involved. All of the staff deserve our congratulations and all of the students and families deserve a good school. Whether you are a member of staff a student, a parent or a supporter in the community we have all worked together to achieve something quite special, thank you” External link

yorkpress Sunday, November 13, 2022 9:29:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "We are just not taxing them enough given the environment we are in," External link

abc-au Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:13:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "We are just not taxing them enough given the environment we are in," External link

abc-au Wednesday, October 5, 2022 11:44:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : "We are just not taxing them enough given the environment we are in," External link

abc-au Wednesday, October 5, 2022 10:52:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We are not going to be a school on our own that is facing these pressures and we'll do everything we can to avoid job losses, but it will be tricky. We may end up looking at higher class sizes. " External link

yorkpress Wednesday, September 7, 2022 10:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "If you wish to give a small donation this will go towards our community cupboard if not the items are free of charge. " External link

yorkpress Wednesday, September 7, 2022 10:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Our community is the most inclusive of all York schools and we are keen to get the support we provide right," External link

yorkpress Sunday, September 4, 2022 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "If you have any ideas about how we can help or if you are keen to help out please get in touch with me on r.sims@yorkhigh.southbank.academy" External link

yorkpress Sunday, September 4, 2022 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "People are proud and quite rightly so. We have got to realise that and that everybody needs help sometimes," External link

yorkpress Sunday, September 4, 2022 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "If you wish to give a small donation this will go towards our community cupboard if not the items are free of charge. " External link

yorkpress Sunday, September 4, 2022 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "With our strategic shift into the U.S. cannabis market and the Etain acquisition, now is an exciting time for RIV Capital – we continue to focus on growth, optimize capital allocation, streamline our portfolio, and build out our platform," "We also have a visionary and highly experienced leadership team to help drive the Company forward. I would like to thank Ms. Daniere and Mr. Vaynerchuk for their valuable contributions and the strong foundation they laid for RIV Capital's long-term success" External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, August 30, 2022 3:34:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : "I want to first say, I want to apologize to the state," External link

news-yahoo Friday, April 1, 2022 6:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The pending acquisition of the Etain business is the first step in the execution of the RIV Capital strategy, shifting from an investor in the cannabis value chain to a full-fledged operator of licensed cannabis cultivation and dispensary facilities in the U.S.," "By capitalizing on growth opportunities in New York's emerging market and building upon Etain's foundation in the medical space, we intend to accelerate our strategy and continue to deliver value for shareholders" External link

news-yahoo Wednesday, March 30, 2022 2:47:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It has been an honour to be the Chair of the ACCC for the last eleven years and I wish Gina all the best in her new role. I hope she will find the job as rewarding as I did,” “I would also like to thank the ACCC staff for their hard work and dedication. I’ll miss working with such a committed group of people, but I know they will provide strong support to Gina and continue their excellent work” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 21, 2022 2:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is a key part of Meta’s business to enable advertisers to target users who are most likely to click on the link in an ad to visit the ad’s landing page, using Facebook algorithms. Those visits to landing pages from ads generate substantial revenue for Facebook,” External link

theage Saturday, March 19, 2022 9:21:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "In one shocking instance, we are aware of a consumer who lost more than A$650,000 (£360,000; $480,000) due to one of these scams being falsely advertised as an investment opportunity on Facebook. This is disgraceful," External link

srilankamirror Friday, March 18, 2022 3:11:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are aware of a consumer who lost more than A$650,000 ($480,000) due to one of these scams … this is disgraceful,” External link

bworldcom Friday, March 18, 2022 11:00:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "In one shocking instance, we are aware of a consumer who lost more than A$650,000 (£360,000; $480,000) due to one of these scams being falsely advertised as an investment opportunity on Facebook. This is disgraceful," External link

thestarkenya Friday, March 18, 2022 10:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "In one shocking instance, we are aware of a consumer who lost more than A$650,000 (£360,000; $480,000) due to one of these scams being falsely advertised as an investment opportunity on Facebook. This is disgraceful," External link

yahoo-au Friday, March 18, 2022 6:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is a key part of Meta’s business to enable advertisers to target users who are most likely to click on the link in an ad to visit the ad’s landing page, using Facebook algorithms. Those visits to landing pages from ads generate substantial revenue for Facebook,” External link

theage Friday, March 18, 2022 4:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Apart from resulting in untold losses to consumers, these ads also damage the reputation of the public figures falsely associated with the ads. Meta failed to take sufficient steps to stop fake ads featuring public figures, even after those public figures reported to Meta that their name and image were being featured in celebrity endorsement cryptocurrency scam ads,” External link

theage Friday, March 18, 2022 4:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Meta should have been doing more to detect and then remove false or misleading ads on Facebook, to prevent consumers from falling victim to ruthless scammers,” External link

theage Friday, March 18, 2022 4:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We allege that the technology of Meta enabled these ads to be targeted to users most likely to engage with the ads, that Meta assured its users it would detect and prevent spam and promote safety on Facebook, but it failed to prevent the publication of other similar celebrity endorsement cryptocurrency scam ads on its pages or warn users,” “Meta should have been doing more to detect and then remove false or misleading ads on Facebook, to prevent consumers from falling victim to ruthless scammers” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, March 18, 2022 2:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Apart from resulting in untold losses to consumers, these ads also damage the reputation of the public figures falsely associated with the ads. Meta failed to take sufficient steps to stop fake ads featuring public figures, even after those public figures reported to Meta that their name and image were being featured in celebrity endorsement cryptocurrency scam ads,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, March 18, 2022 2:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “In one shocking instance, we are aware of a consumer who lost more than $650,000 due to one of these scams being falsely advertised as an investment opportunity on Facebook. This is disgraceful,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, March 18, 2022 2:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims says : "Back My Build’s played a notable role in boosting the supply of quality new home builds into New Zealand’s constrained housing market. In fact, ASB’s economists are now predicting New Zealand’s housing supply/demand imbalance will be largely resolved by mid-2023," External link

voxy Friday, March 18, 2022 2:07:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims says : "Just four weeks on from launch, we’d received 3,000 applications for more than $2 billion in lending. As we close, we’ve received more than 11,000 applications, and more than 4,300 builds are underway. Our lending threshold has been reached ahead of schedule due to this overwhelmingly positive response," External link

voxy Friday, March 18, 2022 2:07:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “When I arrived at the ACCC in 2011 a $1 million penalty against a large company was celebrated,” “I remember the positive reaction to Optus having to pay a penalty of $3.6 million for a breach of the ACL in 2013. Then in 2018, it seemed a milestone that Ford, Apple and Telstra faced penalties in the $9 million to $10 million range. In 2021 we saw Telstra pay a $50 million penalty, Volkswagen pay $125 million and AIPE, a vocational training company, hit with a $153 million penalty” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “High penalties are essential for effective deterrence. The ACCC does not have the resources to tackle most consumer law breaches, so our approach is to take specific cases, and allow high penalties to send a message to all other companies,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Can you imagine a situation where someone was caught stealing and the result of the police inquiries was that they simply had to give the money back? No penalty for the actual stealing to deter others. But we have this in our product safety laws,” “There is no law against selling unsafe good; you are not breaching any act by doing so. You simply have to recall the goods when they are seen to be unsafe” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Digital platforms have business models that seek to exploit all the data they have on you. We need laws to prevent the misuse of this data, either by preventing so called ‘dark patterns’ that get you to act against your best interests, or requiring steps to prevent scams, or allowing appropriate dispute resolution,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “There are some who believe that regulators should only enforce the law as it is and not suggest publicly and need for law change. What a loss to the public debate this suggests,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Saudi ) : "The OPEC cartel led by Saudi Arabia has been withholding supply and that's forced prices up a fair bit. But the last few weeks, the massive hikes have been due to the dreadful invasion of Ukraine," "This is an international issue, and it is affecting petrol prices all around the world. I think this is completely outside the control of anyone in Australia" External link

dailyadvertiser Tuesday, March 15, 2022 12:35:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Saudi ) : "The OPEC cartel led by Saudi Arabia has been withholding supply and that's forced prices up a fair bit. But the last few weeks, the massive hikes have been due to the dreadful invasion of Ukraine," "This is an international issue, and it is affecting petrol prices all around the world. I think this is completely outside the control of anyone in Australia" External link

bordermail Monday, March 14, 2022 11:27:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Crude oil prices have been climbing sharply since late-2020 and prices at the bowser here have followed,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 14, 2022 2:07:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is tempting to point the finger at petrol retailers when prices are very high, but our data shows that late last year 86 cents of every dollar spent by consumers at the bowser was outside of the retailers’ control,” “We’ll continue to closely monitor the movements in local retail prices to see if they reflect international prices” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 14, 2022 2:07:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We strongly encourage motorists in all states to use one of the many available apps and websites that provide real-time fuel price information,” “There can be large variation in price between different retailers and different suburbs, and 30 seconds of research before getting in your car can lead to significant savings” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 14, 2022 2:07:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Collaboration is vital as we consider whether further regulatory reforms are needed to support competition and protect Australian consumers online,” “Since the ACCC began examining digital platform services in 2017, we have observed harms to competition, consumers, and business users in a range of areas dominated by large digital platforms” External link

news_com_au Friday, March 11, 2022 5:17:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Speedway tracks in Victoria will now have greater choice of which classes and divisions of sprintcar they can host,” “This enforceable undertaking given by Speedway Australia should enable speedway spectators to watch some forms of sprintcar racing at their local track they weren’t previously able to watch, and to benefit from the variety and innovation in racing offered by competing sprint car organisers” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, March 11, 2022 2:54:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We have a very advanced investigation into whether a large digital platform should have taken down scams when they knew they were scams," External link

abc-au Thursday, March 10, 2022 6:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We have a very advanced investigation into whether a large digital platform should have taken down scams when they knew they were scams," External link

abc-au Thursday, March 10, 2022 3:01:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We have a very advanced investigation into whether a large digital platform should have taken down scams when they knew they were scams," External link

abc-au Wednesday, March 9, 2022 8:59:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The arrangements whereby airlines can retain historic precedence to slots must not be used to protect incumbent airlines from competition,” External link

watoday Tuesday, March 8, 2022 8:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The arrangements whereby airlines can retain historic precedence to slots must not be used to protect incumbent airlines from competition,” External link

smh Tuesday, March 8, 2022 4:03:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Consumers are unable to determine whether the claim made is true or not, so it is our role to make sure they are true,” “Many businesses also incur the costs of genuine, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, but they’ll face unfair competition if they’re competing against people who make the claims when they’re not true” External link

news_com_au Thursday, March 3, 2022 11:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : ”I have to mention the recent agreement between TPG and Telstra to share their regional mobile infrastructure. We are going to have to examine that extremely closely,” External link

news_com_au Thursday, March 3, 2022 11:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “There is momentum building internationally, with authorities and lawmakers around the world taking action to address the competition and consider harms arising on digital platforms,” External link

news_com_au Monday, February 28, 2022 4:06:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “While our key objective is to ensure any reform is appropriate for Australia, we recognise the benefits to all stakeholders of international alignment in this important area,” “The News Media Bargaining Code, which was regulated by the Australian government in 2021, is a great example of how regulatory change can quickly and effectively address the consequences of the largest platform’s market power” External link

news_com_au Monday, February 28, 2022 4:06:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “To me, it is inexplicable that Facebook hasn’t done deals with SBS and The Conversation and I think the question of designation has to be a real one in the review of the code,” “They are exactly the sort of media entities that fit completely into the framework of the code and were uppermost in our minds of our companies that had to be dealt with” External link

watoday Friday, February 25, 2022 4:27:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC will take action where appropriate against individuals who design and implement systems that take advantage of consumers and breach the Australian Consumer Law,” “The ACCC will take steps to enforce court orders made in its favour to hold businesses and individuals to account for their conduct in breach of our competition or consumer laws” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 25, 2022 4:22:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The findings were mixed. Some confirmed the predictions made by the ACCC at the time of the decision played out broadly as expected, while others highlighted instances where the forecasts and assumptions made during the original review did not always hold up with time,” “We also know now that in some cases we did not receive complete information during our reviews. Concerningly, there were instances where merger parties and other stakeholders appeared to distort or omit critical information relevant to the ACCC’s analysis” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 25, 2022 3:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This highlights the weaknesses in the current informal clearance regime, whereby merger parties effectively decide how much and what type of information they provide upfront to the ACCC,” “We routinely need to request base level information or negotiate for further information often under time constraints and, in some cases, while the parties are threatening to complete the merger before the ACCC has reached a view” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 25, 2022 3:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We continue to call for reforms to the merger regime in Australia which includes the introduction of a mandatory notification regime, to improve the effectiveness of merger control in Australia and bring it into line with international best practice,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 25, 2022 3:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Based on the findings from the reviews, we are implementing changes, including in how we assess economic arguments put to us and other evidence,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 25, 2022 3:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “A divestiture remedy made up of mix and match assets from both companies can increase the implementation risks and the effectiveness of the remedy. Accordingly, the ACCC needs to be satisfied that any prospective buyer for the divested Cargotec and Konecranes business units will be an effective, long-term competitor to the merged firm,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, February 24, 2022 3:06:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We need to be satisfied that the divestiture undertakings proposed will address the competition concerns in Australia and replace the competition lost as a result of the merger,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, February 24, 2022 3:06:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "So there's one example that clearly was saying it when it wasn't true. We're looking at a range of others," "The federal government said straightaway, 'We weren't doing that'. Whether other governments were doing it, I don't know" External link

bordermail Wednesday, February 23, 2022 10:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Obviously, aviation has had a shocking time and Australia desperately needs a competitive aviation sector, given our landmass and the fact that we’re basically a whole lot of city states,” “Despite this reality, however, the government, many years ago I hasten to add removed regulation from airports just as they privatised them, so again, they could boost the proceeds from sale” External link

news_com_au Wednesday, February 23, 2022 9:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : “I think the only issue that I can think of so far with the bid is that Brookfield own a company called AusNet. It has the transmission assets in Victoria,” External link

theage Wednesday, February 23, 2022 9:22:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It’s a cartel no competition regulator can get at because it is run by governments,” “The tensions around Ukraine have just built on supply-demand problems in the energy market worldwide” External link

aap-au Wednesday, February 23, 2022 6:54:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “You’ve got Telstra with way more coverage than Optus with way more coverage than Vodafone - Vodafone is pretty largely a city-based phone service,” “That’s fine in Australia, which is the most urbanised country in the world - you can have a good business on that, but you do it by pricing at the low end. There are a lot of people who live in cities who get lower priced phones and phone service. What will happen to that is a key question” External link

theherald-au Wednesday, February 23, 2022 4:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims added : “Vodafone, of course is paying money to Telstra, so it has to recover that. We really need to understand the impact on prices because at the moment, you’ve got a bit of a competitive dynamic. We’re concerned about whether that dynamic will disappear,” External link

theherald-au Wednesday, February 23, 2022 4:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "New recruits are starting on such a comparatively low wage for the work they do, the demands on their home lives and the risks we face. The fact police pay is 18% below where it should be - behind the cost of living - over the last decade is a disgrace. We have to ask are we going to retain the fantastic and courageous police officers who are our future?” Read More Related Articles Mr Sims thanked those who took part in the survey. He said: " External link

hulldailymail Tuesday, February 22, 2022 11:40:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We will review the reasons for the Tribunal’s decision, which have not yet been made public, to understand why it did not grant authorisation for voluntary collective bargaining in this case,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 18, 2022 11:34:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There was a bit of putting pressure on, as well as the investigation," External link

dailymail Thursday, February 17, 2022 7:15:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There was a bit of putting pressure on, as well as the investigation," External link

bordermail Thursday, February 17, 2022 5:12:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "That helped deal with a lot of rogues and the police are looking at those," External link

bordermail Thursday, February 17, 2022 5:12:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We’re extremely concerned that LNG producers are currently forecasting to withdraw 27 PJ more gas than they expect to supply into the domestic market this year,” “The uncertain supply situation reinforces the importance of the Australian Government’s Heads of Agreement with LNG producers, which concludes on 1 January 2023” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, February 16, 2022 2:56:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Compliance with the Heads of Agreement by LNG producers is very important, given that Australia’s southern states may depend on their surplus gas in the coming years. LNG producers’ reporting to the ACCC has improved since the July 2021 report, but they can still do more to comply with the Heads of Agreement and make gas available on reasonable terms that users are capable of accepting,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, February 16, 2022 2:56:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Additional supply from a southern LNG import terminal from 2023, or more domestic supply from the north, may not be enough to address the projected shortfalls, and it may still be necessary to divert excess gas into the domestic market that would otherwise be exported if new supply can’t be developed rapidly enough,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, February 16, 2022 2:56:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The timing of the development of uncontracted reserves is critical for the domestic market but these decisions are largely in the hands of a relatively small number of major gas producers,” “Our review suggests that there are a range of infrastructure, regulatory and capital factors impeding upstream competition and limiting gas supply” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, February 16, 2022 2:56:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The voluntary code is a step in the right direction, and we encourage all gas suppliers to sign up to it. The more signatories there are, the greater the benefits will be for commercial and industrial gas users,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, February 16, 2022 2:56:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We believe this was very serious conduct, and will be putting forward submissions to the Court about the appropriate penalty for this behaviour at a later court hearing,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, February 14, 2022 5:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We respect the independent decision of the CDPP, and with them will consider what lessons can be learnt from this matter,” External link

brisbanetimes Friday, February 11, 2022 5:22:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “When competition is impeded, this usually results in increased prices for other businesses and consumers, and the ACCC will take action when it has reason to believe businesses are acting anti-competitively,” “While there can be challenges involved in bringing criminal cartel prosecutions, particularly due to the complexity of the cartel laws, we will continue our efforts to deter, detect and dismantle cartels, and will continue to refer serious cartel conduct to the CDPP for its consideration. That is our role and we will continue to fulfil it, even though not all briefs of evidence given to the CDPP will result in the laying of charges or convictions” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 11, 2022 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “There have been five successful criminal prosecutions of cartel conduct affecting Australian consumers, following ACCC investigations and CDPP prosecution under criminal cartel laws which came into effect in 2009. These include three convictions in cases against international shipping lines with penalties totalling $83.5 million, and guilty pleas by individuals in two recent cases in the pharmaceutical and money remittance sectors,” “There are also a number of criminal cartel prosecutions and civil cartel cases currently before the courts or with the CDPP for consideration” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 11, 2022 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We respect the independent decision of the CDPP, and with them will consider what lessons can be learnt from this matter,” External link

watoday Friday, February 11, 2022 3:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "I'm hoping they send a message out to their chains to not engage in this excessive pricing," External link

portstephensexaminer Wednesday, February 2, 2022 8:15:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “I want to emphasise that these complaints are limited to a small number of individual stores in these chains and that the majority of stores in those chains have not been the subject of complaints to us,” External link

smh Tuesday, February 1, 2022 4:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “I want to emphasise that these complaints are limited to a small number of individual stores in these chains and that the majority of stores in those chains have not been the subject of complaints to us,” External link

theage Tuesday, February 1, 2022 4:20:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "While $20 retail prices remain lower than the more extreme reports received by the ACCC, this is still an unusually high mark-up that in our view is very difficult to justify," External link

9news Tuesday, February 1, 2022 3:15:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We are looking at reports of single tests being sold for $30 or more from certain stores. For example, we have received many reports of high prices at a number of individual IGA Supermarkets and BP-branded petrol stations (133 and 72 complaints respectively, to 26 January 2022)," External link

9news Tuesday, February 1, 2022 3:15:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “While $20 retail prices remain lower than the most extreme reports received by the ACCC, there is still an unusually high mark-up that in our view is very difficult to justify,” External link

news_com_au Tuesday, February 1, 2022 2:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Community concerns about sales practices for rapid antigen tests remain very high, for good reason," External link

abc-au Tuesday, February 1, 2022 1:31:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims says : "I'm a pretty dull character," External link

illawarramercury Tuesday, January 25, 2022 3:14:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims says : "People have generally underestimated the toll on government ministers and bureaucrats the pandemic has taken," External link

illawarramercury Tuesday, January 25, 2022 3:14:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims says : "I'm a pretty dull character," External link

maitlandmercury Tuesday, January 25, 2022 2:43:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims says : "People have generally underestimated the toll on government ministers and bureaucrats the pandemic has taken," External link

maitlandmercury Tuesday, January 25, 2022 2:43:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The pricing between $20 and $30 is extremely concerning and, as I say, above $30 [is] just beyond outrageous," External link

abc-au Monday, January 17, 2022 6:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "If we found large stores and chains engaging in this sort of behaviour, we won't hesitate to take action and the penalties will be very large," "Where it is individual stores, we still may take action by they are of such a size that penalties will be very painful for them" External link

abc-au Monday, January 17, 2022 6:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "I am really hoping that companies hear this message and adjust their behaviour very quickly so that we get sensible pricing for all Australians as fast as possible," External link

abc-au Monday, January 17, 2022 6:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "It's just beyond outrageous ... it's extremely concerning," External link

maitlandmercury Monday, January 17, 2022 4:37:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The supply chain is often complex, with several businesses involved from the initial supply to the retail sale of tests to consumers. Retailers operating under the same brand or chain may be setting prices and selling tests independently of the other stores in the chain,” “This means the wholesale and resulting retail prices can vary significantly” External link

news_com_au Monday, January 17, 2022 3:35:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Our inquiries so far confirm that a large volume of orders have been placed. However, given delays in the supply of tests, or test parts, into Australia, delays in distribution due to Covid illness or isolation requirements within workforces and at the retailer level, there is significant difficulty forecasting accurate supply,” External link

news_com_au Monday, January 17, 2022 3:35:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are looking in particular at reports of single tests being sold at around $30 or above from certain stores. For example, such sales have occurred from a number of King of the Pack and Metro Petroleum stores (70 and 40 complaints respectively). However, I want to emphasise the complaints are limited to a small number of individual stores in these chains and the majority of stores in those chains have not been the subject of complaints to us. We are writing to those traders to validate the reports and asking them to explain their prices so we can work out what’s going on,” External link

news_com_au Monday, January 17, 2022 3:35:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We are looking in particular at reports of single tests being sold at around $30 or above from certain stores," External link

9news Monday, January 17, 2022 2:59:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There are several businesses that have repeatedly come to our notice thanks to the information provided by the public. We are asking those businesses to urgently explain the prices they are charging," External link

maitlandmercury Monday, January 17, 2022 2:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We are looking in particular at reports of single tests being sold at around $30 or above from certain stores. For example, such sales have occurred from a number of King of the Pack and Metro Petroleum stores," External link

maitlandmercury Monday, January 17, 2022 2:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The supply chain is often complex, with several businesses involved from the initial supply to the retail sale of tests to consumers. Retailers operating under the same brand or chain may be setting prices and selling tests independently of the other stores in the chain,” “This means the wholesale and resulting retail prices can vary significantly” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, January 17, 2022 2:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Our inquiries so far confirm that a large volume of orders have been placed. However, given delays in the supply of tests, or test parts, into Australia, delays in distribution due to COVID illness or isolation requirements within workforces and at the retailer level, there is significant difficulty forecasting accurate supply,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, January 17, 2022 2:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are looking in particular at reports of single tests being sold at around $30 or above from certain stores. For example, such sales have occurred from a number of King of the Pack and Metro Petroleum stores (70 and 40 complaints respectively). However, I want to emphasise the complaints are limited to a small number of individual stores in these chains and the majority of stores in those chains have not been the subject of complaints to us. We are writing to those traders to validate the reports and asking them to explain their prices so we can work out what’s going on,” “We are also aware of other individual traders named in media and social media reports and will be engaging with those that give rise to concerns” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, January 17, 2022 2:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “In the middle of a significant outbreak of COVID-19 in a pandemic, the excessive pricing of rapid antigen tests required to diagnose the illness and protect other members of the public, is of significant concern to the ACCC,” “Only a few weeks ago tests were readily available at most chemists and supermarkets for around $10 for a single test” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, January 17, 2022 2:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We realise demand and supply chain issues have impacted since then, but our initial research suggests that a price of around $20 per test or more, however packaged, may be hard to justify based on the average wholesale costs and such retailers should explain why the price is so high,” “As supply chain issues ease and orders arrive, consumers should be able to access tests at more reasonable prices” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, January 17, 2022 2:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Any test costing more than $30, even with supply constraints, is almost certainly too expensive and would seem to be taking advantage of the current circumstances,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, January 17, 2022 2:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Law No ) : “We are closely examining reports of businesses refusing to issue receipts for rapid antigen tests. Refusal to provide receipts when requested or for total purchases of $75 or more (excluding GST) is a breach of the Australian Consumer Law. Businesses could face penalties for this conduct,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, January 17, 2022 2:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The supply chain is often complex Retailers operating under the same brand or chain may be setting prices and selling tests independently of other stores in the chain,” External link

news_com_au Monday, January 17, 2022 2:00:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We realise demand and supply chain issues have been impacted since then, but our initial research suggests that a price of around $20 per test or more, however packaged, may be hard to justify based on the average wholesale costs and such retailers should explain why the price is so high,” “Any test costing more than $30, even with supply constraints, is almost certainly too expensive and would seem to be taking advantage of the current circumstances” External link

news_com_au Monday, January 17, 2022 2:00:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We won’t be shy to name and shame suppliers and retailers we consider to be doing the wrong thing,” External link

news_com_au Thursday, January 6, 2022 4:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We’ve also had over 100 consumer contacts to our Infocentre or through the online form. We will review the information received and investigate the evidence to determine if there is conduct that raises concerns,” “The ACCC is monitoring the situation and will take appropriate action under its existing powers. The ACCC has not sought, and does not need, more powers to deal with the current situation” External link

news_com_au Thursday, January 6, 2022 4:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We won’t be shy to name and shame suppliers and retailers we consider to be doing the wrong thing,” External link

news_com_au Thursday, January 6, 2022 12:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We’ve also had over 100 consumer contacts to our Infocentre or through the online form. We will review the information received and investigate the evidence to determine if there is conduct that raises concerns,” “The ACCC is monitoring the situation and will take appropriate action under its existing powers. The ACCC has not sought, and does not need, more powers to deal with the current situation” External link

news_com_au Thursday, January 6, 2022 12:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We won’t be shy to name and shame suppliers and retailers we consider to be doing the wrong thing,” External link

news_com_au Wednesday, January 5, 2022 2:16:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We’ve also had over 100 consumer contacts to our Infocentre or through the online form. We will review the information received and investigate the evidence to determine if there is conduct that raises concerns,” “The ACCC is monitoring the situation and will take appropriate action under its existing powers. The ACCC has not sought, and does not need, more powers to deal with the current situation” External link

news_com_au Wednesday, January 5, 2022 2:16:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We’re very proud of that,” External link

yorkpress Wednesday, January 5, 2022 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We won’t be shy to name and shame suppliers and retailers we consider to be doing the wrong thing,” External link

news_com_au Wednesday, January 5, 2022 6:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We’ve also had over 100 consumer contacts to our Infocentre or through the online form. We will review the information received and investigate the evidence to determine if there is conduct that raises concerns,” “The ACCC is monitoring the situation and will take appropriate action under its existing powers. The ACCC has not sought, and does not need, more powers to deal with the current situation” External link

news_com_au Wednesday, January 5, 2022 6:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We won’t be shy to name and shame suppliers and retailers we consider to be doing the wrong thing,” External link

dailytelegraph Wednesday, January 5, 2022 4:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We’ve also had over 100 consumer contacts to our Infocentre or through the online form. We will review the information received and investigate the evidence to determine if there is conduct that raises concerns,” “The ACCC is monitoring the situation and will take appropriate action under its existing powers. The ACCC has not sought, and does not need, more powers to deal with the current situation” External link

dailytelegraph Wednesday, January 5, 2022 4:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We won’t be shy to name and shame suppliers and retailers we consider to be doing the wrong thing,” External link

news_com_au Wednesday, January 5, 2022 3:48:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We won’t be shy to name and shame suppliers and retailers we consider to be doing the wrong thing,” External link

news_com_au Wednesday, January 5, 2022 12:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are also contacting major retailers and pharmacies seeking similar information and reminding them that they need to be able to substantiate any claims they make to consumers about the reason for higher prices,” External link

theherald-au Tuesday, January 4, 2022 11:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "It's very early … at this stage, we've done our own web searches and seen excessive pricing, but the most excessive pricing we've seen so far is [individuals] on eBay, Kogan," External link

abc-au Tuesday, January 4, 2022 7:05:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "When you're in a pandemic it's awfully tricky," External link

abc-au Tuesday, January 4, 2022 7:05:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC has established a team to work on the issues,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, January 4, 2022 6:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We won’t be shy to name and shame suppliers and retailers we consider to be doing the wrong thing,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, January 4, 2022 6:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We’ve also had over 100 consumer contacts to our Infocentre or through the online form. We will review the information received and investigate the evidence to determine if there is conduct that raises concerns,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, January 4, 2022 6:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “the measures were put in place for an open economy that was starting to recover; we are no longer in that space” External link

nytimes Tuesday, December 21, 2021 3:35:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “the measures were put in place for an open economy that was starting to recover; we are no longer in that space” External link

nytimes Tuesday, December 21, 2021 1:59:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We began investigating this issue after a number of consumers complained to us about the Mustang Mach 1 brochures and, as a result of ACCC intervention, Ford improved its compensation offer to hundreds of affected consumers,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 21, 2021 6:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “After the upfront divestiture of putrescible waste assets to Remondis, the ACCC considers that Remondis will be in a position to compete more aggressively with Veolia and Cleanaway for national and multi-regional commercial and industrial customers,” “Remondis has significant resources, experience and expertise from its operations in international markets” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 21, 2021 2:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Veolia would have controlled almost all the processing capacity in Sydney if it acquired Suez’s assets, meaning processing and disposal prices would be likely to increase. The divestiture of Suez’s two landfills and five transfer stations to Cleanaway, combined with the divestiture of a transfer station to Remondis, will preserve the current market structure for putrescible waste processing and disposal in Sydney,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 21, 2021 2:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The divestiture of the Adelaide medical waste assets to Remondis ensures that three key competitors for these services remain,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 21, 2021 2:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Competition is vital for protecting consumer access and choice. Fertility treatment is already a costly and difficult process for would-be parents. When there are fewer IVF providers, there is a significant risk the cost of IVF treatment will increase, adding further to the financial impact on consumers,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 17, 2021 3:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Electricity prices are on a downward trend, but we want industry and governments to continue working on this because prices are still much higher than they were just over a decade ago,” External link

news_com_au Monday, December 13, 2021 2:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “More renewable generation and lower fuel costs have brought down the wholesale price of electricity, and the Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct laws are working because we can see the savings being passed down from generators, to retailers, to consumers,” “There is a time delay between wholesale prices falling and electricity bills declining due to the hedging contracts between generators and retailers. But we know there are more savings still to be passed on to consumers and businesses because we haven’t yet seen the lower prices in the wholesale market for electricity fully reflected in retailers’ costs” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, December 13, 2021 1:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Electricity prices are on a downward trend, but we want industry and governments to continue working on this because prices are still much higher than they were just over a decade ago,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, December 13, 2021 1:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Retail margins may have shrunk because of the Default Market Offer and Victorian Default Offer reforms introduced in 2019, which reduced and capped prices for customers on more expensive standing offers,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, December 13, 2021 1:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We expect to see electricity prices for small business customers come down further, which will provide relief to many in their pandemic recovery,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, December 13, 2021 1:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We anticipate that retailers’ wholesale electricity costs will continue to fall as older and more expensive hedging contracts expire. This should mean continued reductions in electricity prices for customers next year,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, December 13, 2021 1:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "More renewable generation and lower fuel costs have brought down the wholesale price of electricity, and the Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct laws are working because we can see the savings being passed down from generators, to retailers, to consumers," "There is a time delay between wholesale prices falling and electricity bills declining due to the hedging contracts between generators and retailers. But we know there are more savings still to be passed on to consumers and businesses because we haven't yet seen the lower prices in the wholesale market for electricity fully reflected in retailers' costs" External link

4-traders Monday, December 13, 2021 1:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Electricity prices are on a downward trend, but we want industry and governments to continue working on this because prices are still much higher than they were just over a decade ago," External link

4-traders Monday, December 13, 2021 1:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Retail margins may have shrunk because of the Default Market Offer and Victorian Default Offer reforms introduced in 2019, which reduced and capped prices for customers on more expensive standing offers," External link

4-traders Monday, December 13, 2021 1:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We expect to see electricity prices for small business customers come down further, which will provide relief to many in their pandemic recovery," External link

4-traders Monday, December 13, 2021 1:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We anticipate that retailers' wholesale electricity costs will continue to fall as older and more expensive hedging contracts expire. This should mean continued reductions in electricity prices for customers next year," External link

4-traders Monday, December 13, 2021 1:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Consumers are not limited to a two-day period in which to notify a seller of problems with the product they have purchased. We allege that Booktopia misled consumers about their rights to refunds or other remedies, and did not allow them to make use of their consumer guarantee rights,” “Booktopia’s conduct may have caused consumers not to seek a refund, replacement or repair for faulty digital products, books and other goods in circumstances where the Australian Consumer Law gave them a right to do so” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 10, 2021 6:45:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Many people are rightly upset about the pressure that the current high petrol prices are putting on their household budget. It is important to understand that this is predominately due to higher international prices and the actions of the OPEC cartel,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 10, 2021 2:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The OPEC cartel’s restriction of oil production is ultimately causing Australian motorists to pay very high prices for petrol at the moment,” “We will continue to keep a very close eye on the petrol market, and now that the international refined petrol price has started falling, we expect to see retail prices here do the same” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 10, 2021 2:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “With petrol prices currently very high, it is more important than ever for motorists to use the available apps and websites to find cheaper fuel,” “With Melbourne experiencing relatively higher prices in the September quarter 2021, Victorian consumers would certainly benefit from a comprehensive and timely fuel price transparency scheme to locate the cheapest service stations” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 10, 2021 2:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Prices can vary significantly in many cities, so giving your business to the retailer with the cheapest fuel is the strongest message you can send,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 10, 2021 2:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We understand the stakeholder concerns, however, fundamentally the lack of competition between airports means that any such sharing of information between airports would not amount to a substantial lessening of competition, which is what the law requires before we can oppose a merger," External link

9news Thursday, December 9, 2021 6:39:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We’ve been saying for a long time that Australian airports such as Sydney Airport are natural monopolies, with significant market power and no price regulation,” External link

news_com_au Thursday, December 9, 2021 5:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We received minimal engagement from market participants including rival media companies, and feedback received indicated there had been no material changes in the relevant markets,” External link

theage Thursday, December 9, 2021 4:59:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This is no surprise, as we’ve been saying for a long time that Australian airports such as Sydney Airport are natural monopolies, with significant market power and no price regulation,” External link

theage Thursday, December 9, 2021 4:59:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We received minimal engagement from market participants including rival media companies, and feedback received indicated there had been no material changes in the relevant markets,” External link

smh Thursday, December 9, 2021 3:47:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This is no surprise, as we’ve been saying for a long time that Australian airports such as Sydney Airport are natural monopolies, with significant market power and no price regulation,” External link

smh Thursday, December 9, 2021 3:47:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This is no surprise, as we’ve been saying for a long time that Australian airports such as Sydney Airport are natural monopolies, with significant market power and no price regulation,” External link

theage Thursday, December 9, 2021 2:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We received minimal engagement from market participants including rival media companies, and feedback received indicated there had been no material changes in the relevant markets,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, December 9, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Seven West Media ) : “Consistent with our findings in 2019, we concluded that the proposed acquisition was unlikely to substantially lessen competition or choice for advertisers and consumers. This is because Seven West Media and Prime are not particularly close competitors in the supply of advertising opportunities or the supply of media content, and other competitors will constrain the merged entity ,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, December 9, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This is no surprise, as we’ve been saying for a long time that Australian airports such as Sydney Airport are natural monopolies, with significant market power and no price regulation,” External link

smh Thursday, December 9, 2021 2:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This is no surprise, as we’ve been saying for a long time that Australian airports such as Sydney Airport are natural monopolies, with significant market power and no price regulation,” External link

theherald-au Thursday, December 9, 2021 1:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We understand the stakeholder concerns, however, fundamentally the lack of competition between airports means that any such sharing of information between airports would not amount to a substantial lessening of competition, which is what the law requires before we can oppose a merger,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, December 9, 2021 1:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC maintains the view that the threat of regulation under the current limited monitoring regime does not constrain the pricing behaviour of our airports,” “The absence of constraint ultimately leads to consumers paying higher airport passenger charges than they otherwise would” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, December 9, 2021 1:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We will continue to advocate for a regulatory regime that is effective, particularly as the aviation industry and the Australian economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, December 9, 2021 1:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims says : "We’re passing this change through to our customers as part of ASB’s commitment to helping more Kiwis boost their financial wellbeing. Today’s changes are about making things that little bit easier for homeowners and those looking to buy," External link

voxy Tuesday, December 7, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We support the commonwealth’s continued work in cancelling these students’ debts,” “Because AIPE is in liquidation, the penalty will not be paid, but the penalties imposed nevertheless set an important benchmark for future cases and will serve to deter similar behaviour by others” External link

news_com_au Friday, December 3, 2021 6:30:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “AIPE enrolled consumers, many of whom had limited reading and writing skills or could not use a computer, into online courses they were unlikely to ever be able to complete, but which left them with large lifetime debts,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 3, 2021 4:25:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We support the Commonwealth’s continued work in cancelling these students’ debts,” “Because AIPE is in liquidation, the penalty will not be paid, but the penalties imposed nevertheless set an important benchmark for future cases and will serve to deter similar behaviour by others” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 3, 2021 4:25:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Liza has been consistently ranked as one of Australia’s leading competition lawyers. We are pleased she has rejoined the ACCC and her experience and expertise in matters involving the Competition and Consumer Act will be of great benefit to the agency” External link

theherald-au Monday, November 29, 2021 1:48:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Liza has been consistently ranked as one of Australia’s leading competition lawyers. We are pleased she has rejoined the ACCC and her experience and expertise in matters involving the Competition and Consumer Act will be of great benefit to the agency” External link

brisbanetimes Monday, November 29, 2021 10:44:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Liza has been consistently ranked as one of Australia’s leading competition lawyers. We are pleased she has rejoined the ACCC and her experience and expertise in matters involving the Competition and Consumer Act will be of great benefit to the agency” External link

watoday Monday, November 29, 2021 9:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC was particularly concerned that consumers may have entered into contracts with Employsure for a significant fee because they believed the advertised services were to be provided by the official government authority, or a government affiliate, but this was not accepted by the Court in determining the penalty,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, November 29, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “I am delighted with the appointment of Liza Carver, who brings extensive legal and regulatory experience to the ACCC and has expertise in such a wide range of fields relevant to the agency’s work,” “Liza has been consistently ranked as one of Australia’s leading competition lawyers. We are pleased she has re-joined the ACCC and her experience and expertise in matters involving the Competition and Consumer Act will be of great benefit to the agency” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, November 29, 2021 4:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We look forward to welcoming Liza back to the ACCC when she formally joins us early in the new year,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, November 29, 2021 4:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Many Holden dealers felt badly let down by Holden and had invested significant amounts of money into the dealerships that would soon stand idle," External link

illawarramercury Friday, November 26, 2021 7:03:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “While our investigation into Holden’s conduct left us with concerns about Holden’s treatment of some of its dealers, the ACCC has decided not to pursue these concerns, in large part because any ACCC action may prejudice the private actions taken by dealers. This was a difficult decision based on a range of considerations,” “The behaviour by Holden has done much to damage the General Motors brand in Australia, and perhaps beyond” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, November 26, 2021 4:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The way Holden withdrew from Australia and managed the process and its relationships with long-standing loyal dealerships should serve as a lesson to all franchisors of what not to do in managing their relationships with franchisees and treating them fairly and with respect,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, November 26, 2021 4:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Citi ) : “However, market feedback suggested that Citi is not unique with respect to its credit card offering, and many different credit card providers remain for consumers,” External link

smh Thursday, November 25, 2021 8:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are very concerned to ensure that mergers in the financial industry do not limit the competitive constraint provided by providers outside of the major four banks, however, in this case the ACCC did not consider there would be a substantial impact in any market,” External link

smh Thursday, November 25, 2021 8:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Citi ) : “However, market feedback suggested that Citi is not unique with respect to its credit card offering, and many different credit card providers remain for consumers,” External link

theage Thursday, November 25, 2021 3:05:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are very concerned to ensure that mergers in the financial industry do not limit the competitive constraint provided by providers outside of the major four banks, however, in this case the ACCC did not consider there would be a substantial impact in any market,” External link

theage Thursday, November 25, 2021 3:05:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “I certainly thought there was an issue when it walked through the door, I expressed concerns at the beginning,” “But the beauty of doing the analysis and the work, when you find out more information, you change your mind. I could look anyone in the eye and say this one is fine. We did a lot of work, having done that work, in our view there’s nothing to see here” External link

theage Thursday, November 25, 2021 3:05:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Buy-now-pay-later has come along very quickly, and grown very quickly. It’s coming from nothing to something very big, very quickly. What comes up quickly can go down quickly,” “We did think about that. But in the end that didn’t form part of the reason” External link

theage Thursday, November 25, 2021 3:05:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Citi ) : “However, market feedback suggested that Citi is not unique with respect to its credit card offering, and many different credit card providers remain for consumers,” External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, November 25, 2021 2:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are very concerned to ensure that mergers in the financial industry do not limit the competitive constraint provided by providers outside of the major four banks, however, in this case the ACCC did not consider there would be a substantial impact in any market,” External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, November 25, 2021 2:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims says : “We’d encourage any customers wanting to know more about today’s changes to contact us,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, November 24, 2021 5:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “While separate marketing is generally better from a competition perspective, in this instance the small volume of gas involved and the nature of the NT-Mount Isa gas market, where most demand is met by a limited number of large contracts, means separate marketing does not bring significant competition benefits,” “Customers in the NT-Mount Isa region have the option of alternative sources of supply such as the Power and Water Corporation, from the NT’s Blacktip Field, and suppliers from the Cooper Basin and potentially the Galilee Basin” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, November 19, 2021 3:35:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “These alternatives limit the risk of the Mereenie joint venture offering its gas at significantly higher prices, or on less flexible terms,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, November 19, 2021 3:35:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Volkswagen misled consumers and regulators about whether the diesel vehicles complied with environmental standards. It deprived consumers who may have deliberately sought to buy a low emissions vehicle, of the ability to make an informed decision,” “What made it particularly egregious in this case is that if Volkswagen had told the truth, these vehicles would not have been legally allowed to be sold in Australia. Their conduct showed complete disregard for Australia’s vehicle import regulations, which are designed to protect consumers” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, November 12, 2021 3:29:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This case signals to large companies that penalties for egregious conduct which breaches the Australian Consumer Law can now reach very significant sums, and potentially make a big impact on their bottom line,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, November 12, 2021 3:29:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Google has done more deals than Facebook,” External link

watoday Wednesday, November 10, 2021 9:14:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : ”By July next year will be 11 years. That’s a very long time in any organisation,” “As often stories are written about people who lead organisations staying too long, I think 11 years is a good run” External link

brisbanetimes Friday, November 5, 2021 3:37:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC will need to be satisfied that the undertakings will not only address competition concerns but are also structured in a way that can be relied on to be workable and effective,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, November 5, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “In a number of markets Veolia and Suez are each other’s closest competitors, so many concerns have arisen with this transaction,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, November 5, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We look forward to considering the views of market participants and other stakeholders as to whether these undertakings will achieve their intended purpose,” “The release of the three proposed undertakings for public consultation should not be viewed as a signal that the ACCC will ultimately accept the proposed divesture undertakings and not oppose the transaction. We are following our usual practice of publicly consulting when divestitures are proposed” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, November 5, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Pre-pandemic, the sector would have likely been able to manage such a surge in containerised demand, but the simultaneous destabilisation of almost every part of the supply chain has left them without any spare capacity and struggling to cope," External link

9news Thursday, November 4, 2021 5:48:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Industrial action on top of pre-existing congestion has unfortunately put enormous strain on our international container ports at a time when they can least cope with it, and in the case of Port Botany, some shipping lines have decided the delays make using the port commercially unviable," External link

9news Thursday, November 4, 2021 5:48:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Pre-pandemic, the sector would have likely been able to manage such a surge in containerised demand, but the simultaneous destabilisation of almost every part of the supply chain has left them without any spare capacity and struggling to cope,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 4, 2021 12:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The margins of Australian importers and exporters are being squeezed, as they are all around the world, and the current situation is very challenging for businesses that rely on container freight,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 4, 2021 12:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We were told that some shipping lines were already withdrawing services from Australia before COVID hit. Australia needs to take decisive action to remain an attractive destination for global shipping lines,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 4, 2021 12:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Industrial action on top of pre-existing congestion has unfortunately put enormous strain on our international container ports at a time when they can least cope with it, and in the case of Port Botany, some shipping lines have decided the delays make using the port commercially unviable,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 4, 2021 12:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The long-running labour issues in the container stevedoring industry have resulted in lower productivity and higher costs for Australian cargo owners,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 4, 2021 12:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : ”At the current level of landside charges, stevedores do not appear to be earning excessive returns, but we will continue to keep a close eye on these charges,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 4, 2021 12:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “In 2020, the Essential Services Commission of Victoria found that the Port of Melbourne exercised its market power in charging land rents to port operators,” “The ACCC has been saying for some time that the current little or no regulation of container ports in Australia is not fit for purpose. Regulation needs to compensate for a lack of competitive pressure on the ports” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 4, 2021 12:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The union’s basically trying to control 70 per cent of new hires into the ports. In no other industry I’m aware of is that request being made of them,” External link

theherald-au Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:30:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The union’s basically trying to control 70 per cent of new hires into the ports. In no other industry I’m aware of is that request being made of them,” External link

smh Wednesday, November 3, 2021 4:10:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Specialist tile retailers have a far more extensive range, displayed in dedicated tile showrooms with specialist staff who can provide design and product advice to customers and referrals to tilers. Specialists also have stronger relationships with larger builders, and usually deliver tiles direct to work sites," "By contrast, Bunnings generally sells small volumes of tiles in-store to Do-It-Yourself customers, and tilers and other tradespeople undertaking small jobs" External link

9news Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There is little doubt that the proposed acquisition will allow Bunnings to compete strongly with specialist tile retailers, particularly in supplying larger builders who Bunnings has struggled to attract to date," "Stronger competition may pose challenges for some tile retailers, but it is unlikely to lead to a substantial lessening of competition in this market" External link

9news Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The news media bargaining code offers an opportunity for media companies to negotiate payment for their news content for use by the major digital platforms and provides an incentive for digital platforms to voluntarily conduct these negotiations in good faith" "To ensure more efficient and effective negotiations for payment for news content by digital platforms, the ACCC will continue to consider authorisation requests from groups of Australian news media businesses that produce public interest journalism" External link

4-traders Monday, November 1, 2021 7:06:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Cartel activities may start with a small encouragement or an innocent remark, but this can create an environment that enables, condones or facilitates collusive conduct between competing firms,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, November 1, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Competition to supply governments with goods and services is crucial in ensuring value for money for taxpayers. Cartel conduct in government procurement is therefore not only against the law, but will often result in taxpayers paying considerably more for goods and services,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, November 1, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is also important for prospective bidders to be aware of their obligations and comply with the law,” “We encourage public sector procurement professionals to proactively review their procurement processes and identify and remedy any potentially anti-competitive elements in any procurement procedures, policies or guidelines” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, November 1, 2021 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims added : “We would like to assure children and young people that we have services here to help them. Children and young people can get immediate information and advice from Kooth.com or call our Guide-line service on 08001 884 884. "If you are worried about a friend or family member, please speak to a healthcare professional such as your GP or a school nurse. Information on all the local services available to help you or someone you’re worried about can be found on the Healthy Minds website at healthyminds.services” External link

thetelegraphandargus Sunday, October 31, 2021 12:49:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Access to consumers is critical for search engine services to grow and compete against Google, but Google’s vertical integration and costly commercial arrangements have made this very difficult,” “Google’s existing dominance and its commercial arrangements have significantly increased barriers to entry and prevented new or emerging rival search engines from reaching consumers, not only through browsers but also through other access points like search apps, widgets and voice assistants like Siri” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, October 28, 2021 1:28:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This is likely to have stifled innovation and reduced consumer choice. It means that consumers may not be exposed to or aware of other options, such as search engines that protect users’ privacy and/or have an ecological focus, which limits the ability of these businesses to grow,” “While most search engines do not charge users to conduct search queries, a competitive search services market could include many benefits for consumers including innovation in search results or display, a reduction in sponsored advertising results and incentives to attract users through novel offerings such as rewards or better data protection” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, October 28, 2021 1:28:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Choice screens can give consumers the opportunity to make an informed choice about the search engine they use. Choice screens can also help reduce barriers to expansion for competitors to Google, who may offer consumers more options for alternative search engines around issues like privacy and how personal data is collected and used,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, October 28, 2021 1:28:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC will continue to monitor significant developments and proposals overseas, where similar concerns have been identified. We will continue to work with our international colleagues, sharing lessons and advancing regulatory reform as appropriate,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, October 28, 2021 1:28:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are carefully considering these potential measures, which would sit alongside the rules and powers proposed in the ACCC’s Ad Tech Final Report. The framework for these rules and powers will be considered as part of the fifth report of the Digital Platform Services Inquiry. The ACCC intends to commence consultation regarding these potential proposals for broader regulatory reform in 2022,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, October 28, 2021 1:28:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This case demonstrates how cartel conduct, such as bid rigging, corrupts the competitive process and has the potential to artificially inflate prices for customers,” “The ACCC takes allegations of cartel conduct very seriously, and will not hesitate to take strong enforcement action against any company or individual who engages in this type of conduct” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, October 25, 2021 3:28:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Enforcing cartel laws is an enduring priority for the ACCC,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, October 25, 2021 3:28:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Merger control is critical to protecting and promoting competition. It is the gatekeeper, protecting us from the negative effects of increases in concentration,” “If we are serious about protecting competition in this country, we must ensure our merger control regime works as effectively as possible, and that it is consistent with international best practice” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, October 15, 2021 1:56:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The fundamental issue is that when applying our ‘substantial lessening of competition’ test in merger cases and other competition cases, the approach taken by the courts currently requires the ACCC to prove what is likely to happen in the future, rather than considering the overall interference to the competitive process which will be caused by the acquisition of a key player by its closest competitor or by other anti-competitive behaviour,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, October 15, 2021 1:56:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Increasingly we are having difficulty getting the information we need to conduct our merger assessments. We are also put under inappropriate time pressure, and we face threats to complete. We are also hearing of more mergers only shortly before they are to complete,” “Indeed, ACCC Commissioners observe that the approach of companies to Australia’s merger processes is sometimes contemptuous” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, October 15, 2021 1:56:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC is in the thick of this debate,” “Around the world, there is growing recognition among relevant authorities that existing anti-trust laws have not held up well to the challenges posed by digital markets” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, October 15, 2021 1:56:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Our advice will be provided in a report of the Digital Platform Services Inquiry which is due to the Treasurer in September 2022. Importantly, we will seek industry views on this crucial question, and we will liaise closely with the Commonwealth Treasury” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, October 15, 2021 1:56:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Fertility treatment is an expensive and difficult process. A reduction in competition is likely to result in increased IVF prices, adding to the financial impact on consumers seeking to fulfil their wish for having children,” “Seeking an urgent injunction to restrain completion of a transaction is a significant step for the ACCC to take but was required in these circumstances where the parties have not been prepared to allow the ACCC adequate time to finalise its merger review” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Virtus Health ) : “The ACCC considers that there are no compelling reasons other than commercial convenience for the transaction to proceed at this time. Any hold separate undertaking is an inferior option, and in this case the undertaking proposed by Virtus was inadequate and was unlikely to have been effective in maintaining Adora as a vigorous and effective competitor,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Situations like this demonstrate why we believe Australia needs a formal merger regime, under which companies cannot complete transactions which raise potential competition issues before they allow adequate time for ACCC approval,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, October 13, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We do think this is an important issue confirming who the payee is,” External link

smh Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:01:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Specialist tile retailers have a far more extensive range, displayed in dedicated tile showrooms with specialist staff who can provide design and product advice to customers and referrals to tilers. Specialists also have stronger relationships with larger builders, and usually deliver tiles direct to work sites," "By contrast, Bunnings generally sells small volumes of tiles in-store to Do-It-Yourself customers, and tilers and other tradespeople undertaking small jobs" External link

9news Thursday, September 30, 2021 4:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There is little doubt that the proposed acquisition will allow Bunnings to compete strongly with specialist tile retailers, particularly in supplying larger builders who Bunnings has struggled to attract to date," "Stronger competition may pose challenges for some tile retailers, but it is unlikely to lead to a substantial lessening of competition in this market" External link

9news Thursday, September 30, 2021 4:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The way in which Bunnings is competitively constrained by specialised retailers, and the potential impact on customers and manufacturers, varies depending on the product and market circumstances. Any future expansion by Bunnings into more specialist retailing categories through acquisition of existing competitors will be very carefully considered by the ACCC,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, September 30, 2021 4:09:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Specialist tile retailers have a far more extensive range, displayed in dedicated tile showrooms with specialist staff who can provide design and product advice to customers and referrals to tilers. Specialists also have stronger relationships with larger builders, and usually deliver tiles direct to work sites,” “By contrast, Bunnings generally sells small volumes of tiles in-store to Do-It-Yourself customers, and tilers and other trades people undertaking small jobs” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, September 30, 2021 4:09:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “There is little doubt that the proposed acquisition will allow Bunnings to compete strongly with specialist tile retailers, particularly in supplying larger builders who Bunnings has struggled to attract to date,” “Stronger competition may pose challenges for some tile retailers, but it is unlikely to lead to a substantial lessening of competition in this market” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, September 30, 2021 4:09:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “However, the ACCC’s decision not to oppose this deal is based on the specific circumstances and should not be read as any indication that the ACCC will reach the same conclusion in relation to future possible acquisitions by Bunnings,” “The way in which Bunnings is competitively constrained by specialised retailers, and the potential impact on customers and manufacturers, varies depending on the product and market circumstances” External link

theage Thursday, September 30, 2021 3:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “However, the ACCC’s decision not to oppose this deal is based on the specific circumstances and should not be read as any indication that the ACCC will reach the same conclusion in relation to future possible acquisitions by Bunnings,” “The way in which Bunnings is competitively constrained by specialised retailers, and the potential impact on customers and manufacturers, varies depending on the product and market circumstances” External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, September 30, 2021 3:35:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The behaviour of the three big telcos would suggest they are not concerned about losing customers to rivals," External link

9news Monday, June 21, 2021 8:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC opposed the merger of TPG and Vodafone because we were concerned it would lead to higher mobile prices, and result in three similar providers with little incentive to compete strongly,” “Despite evidence showing the three mobile network owners reacted strongly to the potential competitive threat of a new TPG network, the Court considered that the merger would be pro-competitive, allowing Vodafone to compete more effectively against Telstra and Optus” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, June 21, 2021 1:51:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “When markets end up with a smaller group of large look-alike players with stable positions, competition is muted and consumers pay more,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, June 21, 2021 1:51:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We suspect many customers who have recently had their mobile provider justify a price increase with higher data usage would prefer the previously available lower monthly fee in exchange for a lower data allowance,” “We want all mobile customers to know that switching to a new provider is a very simple process, and the new provider will move your existing number over for you” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, June 21, 2021 1:51:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Before changing over, we encourage consumers to compare different providers’ geographic coverage, and consider their individual needs, as not all providers offer the same coverage,” “There are still ways to find a cheaper mobile plan but, ultimately, dynamic competitive markets deliver best for consumers” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, June 21, 2021 1:51:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This interim authorisation will allow universities in NSW and the ACT to start working together immediately to implement a fair and efficient system to get these international students back to Australia," "Using the same travel provider will make the process simpler and easier for the universities, students and government agencies that handle international arrivals and quarantine arrangements" External link

bordermail Thursday, June 17, 2021 8:09:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The Qantas Group's high market share is due to a number of factors, including Jetstar picking up much of the price-sensitive customer segment after Tigerair withdrew, as well as Jetstar benefiting from strong demand for leisure routes," External link

qt Thursday, June 17, 2021 5:34:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Increasing capacity to meet demand and offering discounted fares is generally a sign of competition and is good for consumers," "However, the ACCC will consider taking enforcement action if capacity and pricing decisions materially damage competition, including by preventing rivals from competing effectively, or driving a competitor off a route or out of business" External link

qt Thursday, June 17, 2021 5:34:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Passengers flying Melbourne - Gold Coast, Melbourne - Adelaide and Sydney - Gold Coast now have a choice of four airlines, as Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin and Rex are all operating on the routes," "The impact of increased competition can be seen on all of Rex's new intercity routes, including Sydney - Melbourne where airfares fell to their lowest level in a decade following Rex's entry" External link

qt Thursday, June 17, 2021 5:34:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “While there were concerns expressed by some suppliers, many suppliers did not raise competition concerns. PFD makes up about 2 per cent of the overall demand from food suppliers, which was a key factor in the lack of concern from some suppliers,” “While there were concerns expressed by some suppliers, many suppliers did not raise competition concerns” External link

watoday Thursday, June 10, 2021 3:09:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "While price is undoubtedly the biggest influence on consumers' decision about where to buy petrol, it's important to acknowledge that factors such as location, type of fuel sold, the ability to use discount vouchers, and convenience store offerings all play a part as well," "We want Australians to know that there is a range of petrol retailers out there with different offerings, including cheaper petrol" External link

9news Tuesday, June 8, 2021 3:39:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The ACCC brought this case because we were concerned that the methodology which the Vocus Group used as the basis for its speed claims cherrypicked only the fastest speeds its network could deliver and ignored the slower speeds many of its customers experienced," "Accurate information about broadband speeds, particularly during the busy period when consumers are most likely to use their services, is essential for consumers to be able to compare broadband offers and pick the best service for their needs" External link

qt Wednesday, June 2, 2021 11:42:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Cartel conduct cheats consumers and other businesses, and restricts healthy economic growth. The ACCC will continue to give high priority to deterring, detecting and dismantling cartels that have the potential to harm Australian consumers and take enforcement action in appropriate cases,” “We will remain vigilant and take enforcement action, as appropriate, in relation to anti-competitive behaviour during tendering for the supply of goods and services” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 2, 2021 9:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “These misleading speed claims meant consumers could not accurately compare different offerings and make an informed choice about their broadband provider,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Despite clear ACCC guidance on making broadband speed claims, Vocus Group used a flawed methodology which was inconsistent with that guidance, and misled consumers about the speeds of its plans,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Market participants said that if Salesforce engaged in anti-competitive bundling or foreclosure conduct, customers could switch to alternative CRM solutions, including global enterprise software companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and Adobe. Similarly, customers could switch to alternative team collaboration solutions, such as Microsoft Teams,” “We consider, due to commercial and reputational risks, that Salesforce would be unlikely to disadvantage competitors by degrading interoperability between Salesforce’s CRM solution and competitors’ team collaboration solutions, or between Slack’s team collaboration solution and competitors’ CRM solutions” External link

smh Thursday, May 20, 2021 3:46:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We expect much better behaviour from large businesses like Telstra, but all businesses in Australia have a responsibility to ensure sales staff are not breaching consumer law by manipulating or tricking consumers into buying products or services they do not need or cannot afford," External link

qt Friday, May 14, 2021 7:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We expect much better behaviour from large businesses like Telstra. But all businesses in Australia have a responsibility to ensure sales staff are not breaching consumer law by manipulating or tricking consumers into buying products or services they do not need or cannot afford," External link

maitlandmercury Thursday, May 13, 2021 11:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We expect much better behaviour from large businesses like Telstra. But all businesses in Australia have a responsibility to ensure sales staff are not breaching consumer law by manipulating or tricking consumers into buying products or services they do not need or cannot afford," External link

dailyadvertiser Thursday, May 13, 2021 6:59:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We expect much better behaviour from large businesses like Telstra. But all businesses in Australia have a responsibility to ensure sales staff are not breaching consumer law by manipulating or tricking consumers into buying products or services they do not need or cannot afford," External link

yahoo-au Thursday, May 13, 2021 5:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are seeking feedback from market participants about whether the proposed behavioural undertaking is likely to address competition concerns raised by Woolworths’ acquisition of PFD,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, May 11, 2021 3:20:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The undertaking is behavioural in nature and imposes obligations on the companies to act in certain ways and not undertake certain actions. It will be important to get feedback from market participants on whether the undertaking provides a sufficient remedy to address the competition concerns,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, May 11, 2021 3:20:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “That would have a detrimental impact on how much you pay for a flight, the timeliness of the flight and the service quality of the flight,” External link

smh Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:45:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “That would have a detrimental impact on how much you pay for a flight, the timeliness of the flight and the service quality of the flight,” External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “That would have a detrimental impact on how much you pay for a flight, the timeliness of the flight and the service quality of the flight,” External link

theherald-au Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:05:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This proposed coordination would appear to undermine competition significantly by reducing the prospect of a strong return to competition on the Melbourne-Tokyo and Sydney-Tokyo routes when international travel resumes," External link

abc-au Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:50:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This proposed coordination would appear to undermine competition significantly by reducing the prospect of a strong return to competition on the Melbourne-Tokyo and Sydney-Tokyo routes when international travel resumes," External link

straitstimesSG Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC can only authorise these agreements if the public benefits from the coordination outweigh the harm to competition,” “At this stage we do not consider that Qantas and Japan Airlines’ proposal passes that test” External link

theage Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This proposed coordination would appear to undermine competition significantly by reducing the prospect of a strong return to competition on the Melbourne – Tokyo and Sydney – Tokyo routes when international travel resumes,” External link

theage Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This elimination of competition would benefit the airlines at the expense of consumers,” External link

theage Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This elimination of competition would benefit the airlines at the expense of consumers,” External link

smh Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:51:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC can only authorise these agreements if the public benefits from the coordination outweigh the harm to competition,” “At this stage we do not consider that Qantas and Japan Airlines’ proposal passes that test” External link

smh Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:51:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This proposed coordination would appear to undermine competition significantly by reducing the prospect of a strong return to competition on the Melbourne – Tokyo and Sydney – Tokyo routes when international travel resumes,” External link

smh Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:51:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC can only authorise these agreements if the public benefits from the coordination outweigh the harm to competition,” “At this stage we do not consider that Qantas and Japan Airlines’ proposal passes that test” External link

theage Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This proposed coordination would appear to undermine competition significantly by reducing the prospect of a strong return to competition on the Melbourne – Tokyo and Sydney – Tokyo routes when international travel resumes,” External link

theage Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This elimination of competition would benefit the airlines at the expense of consumers,” External link

theage Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC can only authorise these agreements if the public benefits from the coordination outweigh the harm to competition,” “At this stage we do not consider that Qantas and Japan Airlines’ proposal passes that test” External link

watoday Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This proposed coordination would appear to undermine competition significantly by reducing the prospect of a strong return to competition on the Melbourne – Tokyo and Sydney – Tokyo routes when international travel resumes,” External link

watoday Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This elimination of competition would benefit the airlines at the expense of consumers,” External link

watoday Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The airline and tourism sectors have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Protecting competition in the airline industry is critical to ensuring recovery in the tourism sector, once international travel restrictions ease,” “This proposed coordination would appear to undermine competition significantly by reducing the prospect of a strong return to competition on the Melbourne – Tokyo and Sydney – Tokyo routes when international travel resumes” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Granting this authorisation would seem to eliminate any prospect of Qantas and Japan Airlines competing for passengers travelling between Australia and Japan, as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic. This elimination of competition would benefit the airlines at the expense of consumers,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC can only authorise these agreements if the public benefits from the coordination outweigh the harm to competition,” “At this stage we do not consider that Qantas and Japan Airlines’ proposal passes that test” External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This proposed coordination would appear to undermine competition significantly by reducing the prospect of a strong return to competition on the Melbourne – Tokyo and Sydney – Tokyo routes when international travel resumes,” External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This elimination of competition would benefit the airlines at the expense of consumers,” External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Accepting this consent outcome ensures towage customers in northern Tasmania will receive the benefits from competition quickly," External link

yahoo-au Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:06:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The condition allows all market participants to know when maintenance is going to occur and to make sure that they are not exposed to unnecessary risk,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “At this stage we consider that all information shared amongst producers should be disclosed to the rest of the market, including information that relates to activity beyond 12 months,” “We consider it is important that the existing reporting condition continue to apply, even though the LNG producers may be required to report some of this information following anticipated changes to the National Gas Law” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Accepting this consent outcome ensures towage customers in northern Tasmania will receive the benefits from competition quickly. This competition should make a real difference at Tasmanian ports, ultimately to the benefit of consumers,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Businesses with substantial market power have a special responsibility when deciding how to respond to competitive threats. If they respond in a competitive way, for example by offering customers better products at better prices, they will not face the risk of enforcement action. However, when they hinder a competitor from competing on its merits, the ACCC will not hesitate to take enforcement action,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC is also concerned with restrictions imposed by Apple and Google which mean developers have no choice but to use Apple and Google’s own payment systems for any in-app purchases,” External link

financialgazette Monday, May 3, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC will continue to take action against businesses who deny consumers the remedies available under the Australian Consumer Law for products that have clear defects,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 3, 2021 7:48:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “What’s going to happen is over the course of the next year, I.H.S. in good faith will engage in discussions with the tribe and begin to look at how to best coordinate the money and resources in order to bring the hospital up to its best and full capacity,” External link

nytimes Sunday, May 2, 2021 12:43:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We welcome the fact that both Facebook and Google appear to be successfully reaching voluntary deals with Australian news businesses, including a number of smaller publishers, following the passage of the bargaining code," External link

bordermail Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:22:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "They have the ability and incentive to promote their own apps over others, and they control the terms that their competitors must comply with to gain access to their stores," External link

maitlandmercury Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:44:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There is a window of opportunity for Apple and Google themselves to take steps to improve outcomes for app developers and consumers by adopting the potential measures we have identified," External link

maitlandmercury Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:44:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "They have the ability and incentive to promote their own apps over others, and they control the terms that their competitors must comply with to gain access to their stores," External link

illawarramercury Wednesday, April 28, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There is a window of opportunity for Apple and Google themselves to take steps to improve outcomes for app developers and consumers by adopting the potential measures we have identified," External link

illawarramercury Wednesday, April 28, 2021 9:28:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "They have the ability and incentive to promote their own apps over others, and they control the terms that their competitors must comply with to gain access to their stores," External link

yahoo-au Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:51:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There is a window of opportunity for Apple and Google themselves to take steps to improve outcomes for app developers and consumers by adopting the potential measures we have identified," External link

yahoo-au Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:51:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The ACCC is also concerned with restrictions imposed by Apple and Google which mean developers have no choice but to use Apple and Google's own payment systems for any in-app purchases," External link

yahoo-au Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:12:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This is the start of a long reform process that would effectively put NBN pricing under the ACCC’s regulatory umbrella, and would improve access pricing for NBN Co customers,” “As a first step, we are seeking contributions from NBN Co, access seekers, retail service providers and other interested stakeholders so their views can be considered as the undertaking is being developed” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:39:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The ACCC is also concerned with restrictions imposed by Apple and Google which mean developers have no choice but to use Apple and Google's own payment systems for any in-app purchases," External link

bbc Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:13:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Apple and Google don’t only run the app marketplaces, they also compete within them with their own apps. They have the ability and incentive to promote their own apps over others, and they control the terms that their competitors must comply with to gain access to their stores,” “To address this market power, we believe app developers should have more information about how their apps are made discoverable to consumers and that consumers should have the ability to change or remove any pre-installed or default apps. Apple and Google should also be prevented from using information collected about third-party apps to advantage their own competing apps” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, April 28, 2021 4:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC is also concerned with restrictions imposed by Apple and Google which mean developers have no choice but to use Apple and Google’s own payment systems for any in-app purchases,” “Further while Apple and Google have made efforts to remove malicious apps from the app stores, we believe they could do more to prevent and remove apps that feature, for example, subscription traps and other scams” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, April 28, 2021 4:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We have identified a number of areas where action is required and have put forward potential measures to address areas of particular concern. There is a window of opportunity for Apple and Google themselves to take steps to improve outcomes for app developers and consumers by adopting the potential measures we have identified,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, April 28, 2021 4:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC will also take into account significant proposals and law changes in other countries which have identified similar concerns. Regulation may be required if Apple and Google fail to take steps to address the concerns identified,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, April 28, 2021 4:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Many of the smaller organisations have gone for individual deals, which is a bit surprising,” External link

theherald-au Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:57:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Many of the smaller organisations have gone for individual deals, which is a bit surprising,” External link

brisbanetimes Sunday, April 25, 2021 5:51:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Businesses of all sizes should note the ACCC’s determination to fight this large international cartel. Significant penalties, like the $19 million penalty ordered against Garuda, send a strong warning that anti-competitive conduct has serious consequences,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 20, 2021 4:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We think today’s result is a very clear message to the digital platforms that they have to be upfront with consumers about what is actually happening with our data, how it is being used, and how consumers can protect their data,” External link

brisbanetimes Friday, April 16, 2021 3:36:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We are extremely pleased with the outcome in this world-first case. Between January 2017 and December 2018, consumers were led to believe that 'Location History' was the only account setting that affected the collection of their personal location data, when that was simply not true," "Companies that collect information must explain their settings clearly and transparently so consumers are not misled. Consumers should not be kept in the dark when it comes to the collection of their personal location data" External link

9news Friday, April 16, 2021 11:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "Some consumers just don't care whether the platforms and others know exactly what they're doing and when, others care a lot," External link

illawarramercury Friday, April 16, 2021 10:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "Some consumers just don't care whether the platforms and others know exactly what they're doing and when, others care a lot," External link

dailyadvertiser Friday, April 16, 2021 8:56:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We think today’s result is a very clear message to the digital platforms that they have to be upfront with consumers about what is actually happening with our data, how it is being used, and how consumers can protect their data,” External link

smh Friday, April 16, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Google’s business model is to collect as much data, to offer its services for free which is terrific, but it collects as much data as it possibly can and then uses that in advertising to make money,” “We think today’s result is a very clear message to the digital platforms that they have to be upfront with consumers about what is actually happening with our data, how it is being used, and how consumers can protect their data” External link

brisbanetimes Friday, April 16, 2021 5:50:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Google’s business model is to collect as much data, to offer its services for free which is terrific, but it collects as much data as it possibly can and then uses that in advertising to make money,” “We think today’s result is a very clear message to the digital platforms that they have to be upfront with consumers about what is actually happening with our data, how it is being used, and how consumers can protect their data” External link

watoday Friday, April 16, 2021 5:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are extremely pleased with the outcome in this world-first case. Between January 2017 and December 2018, consumers were led to believe that ‘Location History’ was the only account setting that affected the collection of their personal location data, when that was simply not true,” “Companies that collect information must explain their settings clearly and transparently so consumers are not misled. Consumers should not be kept in the dark when it comes to the collection of their personal location data” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, April 16, 2021 5:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “In addition to penalties, we are seeking an order for Google to publish a notice to Australian consumers to better explain Google’s location data settings in the future. This will ensure that consumers can make informed choices about whether certain Google settings that personal collect location data should be enabled,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, April 16, 2021 5:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The misrepresentations made about insurance cover gave customers a false sense of security that they would have the benefit of being covered by insurance, in particular for the off-road use of the vehicles, when this was not the case," External link

abc-au Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:35:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We took this action because Australian 4WD Hire’s treatment of some of its customers was particularly egregious. The misrepresentations made about insurance cover gave customers a false sense of security that they would have the benefit of being covered by insurance, in particular for the off-road use of the vehicles, when this was not the case,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, April 15, 2021 8:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We knew it was the right thing to do to remove competition law barriers so medicine distributors could work together to identify and mitigate any shortages or supply chain problems impacting the availability of medicines,” “Similarly, the sharp increase in demand for basic goods during lockdowns meant we were right to authorise major supermarkets to co-operate, so they could help consumers get reliable and fair access to groceries, particularly during periods of panic buying” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:02:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “At a time when many people were facing financial hardship, price competition was as important as ever,” “While the ACCC was willing to be flexible, we ensured that authorisations and exemptions were strictly limited in duration so that businesses would return to competing with each other as normal as soon as was practical. We also imposed strong monitoring and reporting obligations so that we could identify any issues or unintended consequences of the authorisations” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:02:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “In order to get through this enormous volume of COVID exemption work, we had to redirect substantial resources away from non-urgent projects to the authorisations teams,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:02:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “A significant increase in generation capacity, attributed to renewable generation and falling fuel costs, has led to much lower wholesale electricity costs and it’s vital that all Australians now see the savings,” “Prior to this, we had a decade of sustained electricity price increases that placed unacceptable pressure on households and small businesses” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 13, 2021 3:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC is now investigating whether electricity retailers’ current prices, including to their existing customers, are in line with recent wholesale price reductions, and if electricity retailers haven’t passed on the savings to consumers as required by law, they can expect to hear from us,” “We also expect further significant price reductions from retailers over time, as the reductions in wholesale spot prices flow through to retailers’ contracting positions” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 13, 2021 3:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Spot prices have been significantly lower for a year now, so retailers should be experiencing significant reductions in their costs already,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 13, 2021 3:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “While the ACCC will be enforcing the new laws, we also urge people who haven’t seen their bill come down to contact their electricity retailer and ask to be put on the best offer for their circumstances,” “Many consumers will be able to achieve further savings by comparing advertised prices and shopping around” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 13, 2021 3:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The laws also require retailers to pass on cost reductions to small and medium sized businesses, and small business customers can expect to see similar reductions to households,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 13, 2021 3:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Given the now much higher penalties available, any large company deceiving its customers as badly in the future is at risk of much higher penalties than those delivered today,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, April 9, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Volkswagen misled consumers and regulators about whether the diesel vehicles complied with environmental standards. It deprived consumers who may have deliberately sought to buy a low emissions vehicle, of the ability to make an informed decision,” “The ACCC was prepared to settle its proceedings against Volkswagen because it considered that the proposed penalty of $75 million was significant and appropriate in the circumstances which included Volkswagen’s admission of liability. However, this is ultimately a decision for the Court to make” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, April 9, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “There will be transactions we will stop, I can think of a number of companies that are not appropriate to mention, that we would block,” External link

smh Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Through our airports monitoring, and our more recent airlines monitoring role, we will observe how industry participants interact as the sector recovers,” “Given the airports’ existing market power, it will be critical that legitimate attempts to return to a sustainable financial position do not stray into anti‑competitive behaviour, or result in unreasonable price increases” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 31, 2021 2:34:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Market feedback suggested that while 86 400 is innovative, particularly in reducing the time and effort in completing home loan applications, there are a number of other businesses with similar offerings or the ability to replicate them. These other competitors continue to bring a similar disruptive influence to the market,” “Supporting our decision is that we have seen several banks and non-bank lenders outside the big four invest heavily in their technology and service offering to improve user experience” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 30, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Whilst in this instance we found that the removal of 86 400 is unlikely to substantially lessen competition in the market, we will continue to closely scrutinise proposed acquisitions of emerging competitors, particularly by major banks,” “The ACCC’s home loan price inquiry reports of and 2020 show competition between the big four banks has been muted at best. They tend to accommodate each other rather than competing strongly to win market share. Therefore any acquisition of a rival or potential rival by any of the big four needs to be very closely considered” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 30, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “A code that has not even been circulated in draft form to users cannot be considered well-developed,” “We can see no end to the increasingly complex and difficult environment we are in, unless LNG producers and other gas suppliers, pipeline operators and governments all work together” External link

smh Friday, March 26, 2021 3:02:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The long term supply outlook shows us there is a risk of a shortfall for southern states as early as 2024, and the east coast market as a whole in 2026 and beyond," External link

qt Wednesday, March 24, 2021 5:11:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Our gas inquiry continues to find the gas market is not a functional, competitive market,” “We can see no end to the increasingly complex and difficult environment we are in, unless LNG producers and other gas suppliers, pipeline operators and governments all work together” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:09:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The Code provides an opportunity for industry to collectively develop a new set of rules that addresses poor selling practices and facilitates competitive outcomes,” “The failure by industry to present a substantially progressed voluntary Gas Code by the government’s deadline of February this year is unacceptable; stunningly gas users have yet to even see a copy of the Code” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:09:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is fundamental that the Code provides clear and meaningful obligations on gas suppliers, and offers clarity and certainty to users. Independent and detailed governance and dispute resolution arrangements are also key for it to be effective,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:09:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “In October 2018, at the request of gas users, we started publishing our Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) netback price series. Gas suppliers had this information but many buyers did not, so it provided much needed transparency to the market,” “Global LNG markets have changed since the ACCC developed the current approach, and the factors that could influence pricing strategies and varying industry views about the most appropriate international price marker have also changed” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:09:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is important we get this right and that we debate the issues publically, transparently and thoroughly,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:09:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The long term supply outlook shows us that there is a risk of a shortfall for southern states as early as 2024, and the east coast market as a whole in 2026 and beyond. New sources of supply and related infrastructure will be required to avoid a potential shortfall,” “Adding to this problem is the limited degree of competition at the producer and retailer level, which results in higher prices and a reduction in competitive outcomes for commercial and industrial users” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 24, 2021 1:09:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “work to identify more effective risk controls” External link

theage Monday, March 22, 2021 10:39:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “work to identify more effective risk controls” External link

smh Monday, March 22, 2021 10:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “There were a record 23 quad bike deaths last year, many from rollovers, and since 2011 there have been 162 deaths and an estimated six injuries per day associated with quad bikes. This is appalling and unacceptable,” “The ACCC will be focused on ensuring compliance with a series of requirements which are already in effect and importantly, also delivering educational initiatives about the second phase requirements that come into effect in October 2021” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 22, 2021 7:40:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The world-first standards for button batteries will improve safety in the design of products containing button batteries, the packaging of button batteries, as well as the warning requirements alerting consumers to the risks,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 22, 2021 7:40:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We estimate that around 2,600 Australians receive hospital treatment for injuries caused by toppling furniture and televisions each year, or about 50 people per week. Twenty-two children under the age of nine have reportedly been killed between 2011 and 2018,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 22, 2021 7:40:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC will monitor online compliance commitments recently given by four of Australia’s largest online marketplaces,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 22, 2021 7:40:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “These recalls, however, also illustrated the need for the introduction of a general safety provision to improve product safety in Australia,” “Many other countries already have this law in place, including the UK, EU, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, Hong Kong and Brazil, and we will keep pushing this issue” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 22, 2021 7:40:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The Full Court has confirmed that the correct approach to assessing statutory unconscionability is to focus on the conduct, and assess whether it is a sufficient departure from the norms of acceptable commercial behaviour as to be against conscience or to offend conscience,” “Because this decision makes it clear that it is not necessary to demonstrate exploitation of vulnerability, it extends the reach of the statutory unconscionable conduct prohibition so that it will protect more consumers and small businesses against egregious conduct by corporations” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 22, 2021 2:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “I am saddened to see they allegedly used Take 6’s song and similar to me, DJ Camper, nor anyone else, sought approval or gave proper credit,” External link

eurweb Thursday, March 18, 2021 9:13:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Restrictions on travel and economic activity from the pandemic have had an enormous effect on petrol volumes and prices in Australia" External link

dailyadvertiser Monday, March 15, 2021 7:37:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The price Australians pay at the petrol bowser can be divided into three components: the petrol that goes in your tank, taxes, and the costs and margins of wholesalers and retailers," "Between April and December last year, a large part of what you paid at the bowser was tax" External link

dailyadvertiser Monday, March 15, 2021 7:37:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Restrictions on travel and economic activity from the pandemic have had an enormous effect on petrol volumes and prices in Australia" External link

bordermail Monday, March 15, 2021 7:13:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The price Australians pay at the petrol bowser can be divided into three components: the petrol that goes in your tank, taxes, and the costs and margins of wholesalers and retailers," "Between April and December last year, a large part of what you paid at the bowser was tax" External link

bordermail Monday, March 15, 2021 7:13:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Restrictions on travel and economic activity from the pandemic have had an enormous effect on petrol volumes and prices in Australia" External link

maitlandmercury Monday, March 15, 2021 6:48:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The price Australians pay at the petrol bowser can be divided into three components: the petrol that goes in your tank, taxes, and the costs and margins of wholesalers and retailers," "Between April and December last year, a large part of what you paid at the bowser was tax" External link

maitlandmercury Monday, March 15, 2021 6:48:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : “I used to let my emotions do my thinking for me, but I’ve learned from my mistakes,” External link

baltimoresun Monday, March 15, 2021 1:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Whenever Cecil got kayoed, he’s bounce right back in,” External link

baltimoresun Monday, March 15, 2021 1:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : “I retired and am getting out being able to say that I have never been seriously hurt,” External link

baltimoresun Monday, March 15, 2021 1:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We’re also interested in competition in the supply of web browsers in Australia and the linkages between search services, web browsers, operating systems and devices. The relationships between suppliers, through vertical integration or contractual arrangements, may impact the supply of search services and browsers to Australians,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, March 11, 2021 2:54:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC was concerned that Visa’s dealings with merchants could influence their choice of debit card network, and diminish competition between Visa and eftpos in relation to debit card acceptance,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 10, 2021 4:21:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Visa’s undertaking means that it cannot offer strategic merchant rates for credit card payments to merchants on condition that the merchant processes debit card payments through the Visa network,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 10, 2021 4:21:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Australian consumers use debit cards every day when buying goods or services, and COVID-19 has accelerated the transition from cash to card payments. With this in mind, the importance of competition in card acceptance markets is vital to both merchants and consumers alike,” “This undertaking is an important step to ensuring that Visa and other debit card network providers are able to compete on their merits to provide debit card acceptance services to merchants” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 10, 2021 4:21:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If Qantas has the aircraft, it’s incurring the fixed costs, it realises it can make a cash contribution by flying somewhere - it’s a bit hard to call that predatory,” “Once we start getting back to normal, you might have a different definition of what constitutes predatory. [But] our sense is that ... they are cash positive on those routes by and large at the moment” External link

smh Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:14:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If Qantas has the aircraft, it’s incurring the fixed costs, it realises it can make a cash contribution by flying somewhere - it’s a bit hard to call that predatory,” “Once we start getting back to normal, you might have a different definition of what constitutes predatory. [But] our sense is that... they are cash positive on those routes by and large at the moment” External link

theherald-au Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:36:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If Qantas has the aircraft, it’s incurring the fixed costs, it realises it can make a cash contribution by flying somewhere - it’s a bit hard to call that predatory,” “Once we start getting back to normal, you might have a different definition of what constitutes predatory. [But] our sense is that... they are cash positive on those routes by and large at the moment” External link

theage Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:06:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If Qantas has the aircraft, it’s incurring the fixed costs, it realises it can make a cash contribution by flying somewhere - it’s a bit hard to call that predatory,” “Once we start getting back to normal, you might have a different definition of what constitutes predatory. [But] our sense is that... they are cash positive on those routes by and large at the moment” External link

smh Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:34:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Obviously with Rex entering into the major routes it's going to be interesting to see how that goes," External link

dailyadvertiser Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:13:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "I'm always sceptical about someone saying they're providing a community service, so don't take money off me over here," External link

dailyadvertiser Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:13:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "How the government supports industry is going to be unfolding over time," External link

dailyadvertiser Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:13:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Obviously with Rex entering into the major routes it's going to be interesting to see how that goes," External link

bordermail Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "I'm always sceptical about someone saying they're providing a community service, so don't take money off me over here," External link

bordermail Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "How the government supports industry is going to be unfolding over time," External link

bordermail Thursday, March 4, 2021 6:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Obviously with Rex entering into the major routes it's going to be interesting to see how that goes," External link

maitlandmercury Thursday, March 4, 2021 5:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "I'm always sceptical about someone saying they're providing a community service, so don't take money off me over here," External link

maitlandmercury Thursday, March 4, 2021 5:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "How the government supports industry is going to be unfolding over time," External link

maitlandmercury Thursday, March 4, 2021 5:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACL’s introduction was a game changer that allowed the ACCC and State and Territory regulators to collaborate much more easily on consumer issues,” “The key change was the introduction of civil pecuniary penalties for consumer law contraventions” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 3, 2021 11:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “These civil pecuniary penalties transformed the ACCC’s armoury when taking enforcement action in the courts against businesses for alleged contraventions of the ACL,” “This in turn has transformed compliance with the consumer law. For laws to be effective, there must be serious and effective consequences for breaches of these laws” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 3, 2021 11:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The Federal Court has imposed a total of almost $400 million in civil pecuniary penalties in proceedings instituted by the ACCC in the last ten years,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 3, 2021 11:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The introduction of consumer guarantee rights and an unfair contract terms regime were also highly significant reforms, particularly once the unfair contract terms regimes was extended to small businesses,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 3, 2021 11:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is our view there is a need for an unfair trading practices prohibition as it would remove or avoid the need for some intrusive industry-specific regulation and could help lessen the overall regulatory burden,” “We also see a need for a general safety provision to prohibit suppliers from supplying unsafe products” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 3, 2021 11:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "I don't see any reason why anybody should doubt that all journalism will benefit," "Google and Facebook don't have unlimited resources to go around talking to everybody. I think this has got a long way to play out," External link

heart Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:20:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “All signs are good. The purpose of the code is to address the market power that clearly Google and Facebook have. Google and Facebook need media, but they don’t need any particular media company, and that meant media companies couldn’t do commercial deals,” External link

bristolpost Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:47:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “All signs are good. The purpose of the code is to address the market power that clearly Google and Facebook have. Google and Facebook need media, but they don’t need any particular media company, and that meant media companies couldn’t do commercial deals,” External link

surreymirror Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:05:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "I don't see any reason why anybody should doubt that all journalism will benefit," "Google and Facebook don't have unlimited resources to go around talking to everybody. I think this has got a long way to play out," External link

piratefm Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:02:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “All signs are good. The purpose of the code is to address the market power that clearly Google and Facebook have. Google and Facebook need media, but they don’t need any particular media company, and that meant media companies couldn’t do commercial deals,” External link

thanetgazette Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:44:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “All signs are good. The purpose of the code is to address the market power that clearly Google and Facebook have. Google and Facebook need media, but they don’t need any particular media company, and that meant media companies couldn’t do commercial deals,” External link

coventrytelegraph Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:40:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “All signs are good. The purpose of the code is to address the market power that clearly Google and Facebook have. Google and Facebook need media, but they don’t need any particular media company, and that meant media companies couldn’t do commercial deals,” External link

brentwoodgazette Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "I don't see any reason why anybody should doubt that all journalism will benefit," "Google and Facebook don't have unlimited resources to go around talking to everybody. I think this has got a long way to play out," External link

skynews Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:29:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “All signs are good. The purpose of the code is to address the market power that clearly Google and Facebook have. Google and Facebook need media, but they don’t need any particular media company, and that meant media companies couldn’t do commercial deals,” External link

essexchronicle Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:21:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “All signs are good. The purpose of the code is to address the market power that clearly Google and Facebook have. Google and Facebook need media, but they don’t need any particular media company, and that meant media companies couldn’t do commercial deals,” External link

gloucestercitizen Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “All signs are good. The purpose of the code is to address the market power that clearly Google and Facebook have. Google and Facebook need media, but they don’t need any particular media company, and that meant media companies couldn’t do commercial deals,” External link

icWales Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:11:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “All signs are good. The purpose of the code is to address the market power that clearly Google and Facebook have. Google and Facebook need media, but they don’t need any particular media company, and that meant media companies couldn’t do commercial deals,” External link

derbytelegraph Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:10:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “All signs are good. The purpose of the code is to address the market power that clearly Google and Facebook have. Google and Facebook need media, but they don’t need any particular media company, and that meant media companies couldn’t do commercial deals,” External link

leicestermercury Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “All signs are good. The purpose of the code is to address the market power that clearly Google and Facebook have. Google and Facebook need media, but they don’t need any particular media company, and that meant media companies couldn’t do commercial deals,” External link

bathchronicle Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:07:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “All signs are good. The purpose of the code is to address the market power that clearly Google and Facebook have. Google and Facebook need media, but they don’t need any particular media company, and that meant media companies couldn’t do commercial deals,” External link

cambridge-news Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “All signs are good. The purpose of the code is to address the market power that clearly Google and Facebook have. Google and Facebook need media, but they don’t need any particular media company, and that meant media companies couldn’t do commercial deals,” External link

exeterexpressandecho Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:03:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “All signs are good. The purpose of the code is to address the market power that clearly Google and Facebook have. Google and Facebook need media, but they don’t need any particular media company, and that meant media companies couldn’t do commercial deals,” External link

hulldailymail Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “I don’t see any reason why anybody should doubt that all journalism will benefit,” External link

thejournal Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “I don’t see any reason why anybody should doubt that all journalism will benefit,” “These things take time. Google and Facebook don’t have unlimited resources to go around talking to everybody. I think this has got a long way to play out,” External link

oxfordtimes Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “I don’t see any reason why anybody should doubt that all journalism will benefit,” “These things take time. Google and Facebook don’t have unlimited resources to go around talking to everybody. I think this has got a long way to play out,” External link

msn-uk Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “I don’t see any reason why anybody should doubt that all journalism will benefit,” “These things take time. Google and Facebook don’t have unlimited resources to go around talking to everybody. I think this has got a long way to play out,” External link

newsandstar Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:35:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “I don’t see any reason why anybody should doubt that all journalism will benefit,” “These things take time. Google and Facebook don’t have unlimited resources to go around talking to everybody. I think this has got a long way to play out,” External link

thecourier Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:28:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “I don’t see any reason why anybody should doubt that all journalism will benefit,” “These things take time. Google and Facebook don’t have unlimited resources to go around talking to everybody. I think this has got a long way to play out,” External link

pressandjournal Thursday, February 25, 2021 8:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “I don’t see any reason why anybody should doubt that all journalism will benefit,” “These things take time. Google and Facebook don’t have unlimited resources to go around talking to everybody. I think this has got a long way to play out,” External link

yorkpress Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:59:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “I don’t see any reason why anybody should doubt that all journalism will benefit,” “These things take time. Google and Facebook don’t have unlimited resources to go around talking to everybody. I think this has got a long way to play out,” External link

chesterfirst Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “I don’t see any reason why anybody should doubt that all journalism will benefit,” “These things take time. Google and Facebook don’t have unlimited resources to go around talking to everybody. I think this has got a long way to play out,” External link

independent-ie Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:40:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Given our geography and how far towns and cities are away from each other, it's just fundamental that from this pandemic we emerge with at least a competitive airline industry as we had before," "That is just crucial for Australia's economy" External link

bordermail Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:09:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Given our geography and how far towns and cities are away from each other, it's just fundamental that from this pandemic we emerge with at least a competitive airline industry as we had before," "That is just crucial for Australia's economy" External link

dailyadvertiser Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:02:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "In 2020, 23 people died in quad bike accidents where deficiency in design leads to instability and creates hazards even for the most experienced operators," External link

dailyadvertiser Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "As well we are conducting education and outreach activities to prepare suppliers for Stage 2 when obligations to improve safe design by fitting operation protection devices and improving lateral stability commence," External link

dailyadvertiser Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “In my strong view, the government has not given up anything that really matters to the integrity of the code,” External link

theherald-au Wednesday, February 24, 2021 3:22:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “In my strong view, the government has not given up anything that really matters to the integrity of the code,” External link

brisbanetimes Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:14:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “In my strong view, the government has not given up anything that really matters to the integrity of the code,” External link

smh Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:46:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “In my strong view, the government has not given up anything that really matters to the integrity of the code,” External link

brisbanetimes Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:00:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There was real concern about how people would get groceries, including how to get more toilet rolls on the market," External link

illawarramercury Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:46:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : “Consumers saw prices go through the roof for a range of reasons, they’ve got to get the benefit of prices coming down,” External link

theherald-au Tuesday, February 23, 2021 11:37:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We must have a competitive aviation sector. We need competition on our main routes and we definitely need people servicing all those remote routes,” External link

theherald-au Tuesday, February 23, 2021 11:37:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : “Consumers saw prices go through the roof for a range of reasons, they’ve got to get the benefit of prices coming down,” External link

brisbanetimes Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:45:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We must have a competitive aviation sector. We need competition on our main routes and we definitely need people servicing all those remote routes,” External link

brisbanetimes Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:45:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Despite the pandemic, the ACCC received a high volume of complaints about motor vehicles consumer guarantee issues in 2020," External link

maitlandmercury Tuesday, February 23, 2021 7:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC will, for example, be closely monitoring the plans by the regional operator Rex to enter the major domestic routes, including those connecting Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with a particular focus on Rex’s ability to access slots at Sydney Airport,” External link

theage Tuesday, February 23, 2021 7:20:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC will, for example, be closely monitoring the plans by the regional operator Rex to enter the major domestic routes, including those connecting Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with a particular focus on Rex’s ability to access slots at Sydney Airport,” External link

brisbanetimes Tuesday, February 23, 2021 7:06:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If you’re pre-assessing, it’s a pretty big deal,” External link

watoday Friday, February 19, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Our assessment is those four players only see themselves in the market, they don’t take much notice of the smaller players when thinking about pricing or other decisions,” External link

watoday Friday, February 19, 2021 9:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If you’re pre-assessing, it’s a pretty big deal,” External link

theherald-au Friday, February 19, 2021 8:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Our assessment is those four players only see themselves in the market, they don’t take much notice of the smaller players when thinking about pricing or other decisions,” External link

theherald-au Friday, February 19, 2021 8:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “NBN’s temporary COVID-19 CVC boost offer has expired, so it’s important that retail service providers provide sufficient CVC capacity for consumers to continue to receive the speeds they are paying for, particularly during periods of high demand,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 19, 2021 2:39:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Having more retail service providers directly connecting with NBN’s network increases competition and provides more choice for consumers. Customers can shop around to compare retail offers, to see if they can get a better deal,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 19, 2021 2:39:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "Google and Facebook are being asked to do something they really don't want to do, which is to pay for something they now get for free," External link

abc-au Wednesday, February 17, 2021 6:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We know many Australian consumers place a premium on goods that are Australian-made," External link

abc-au Wednesday, February 17, 2021 1:34:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This penalty should remind businesses of their responsibilities to ensure that representations on their website or packaging about the country of origin are accurate, so that consumers can make informed purchasing decisions," External link

abc-au Wednesday, February 17, 2021 1:34:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This penalty should remind businesses of their responsibilities to ensure that representations on their website or packaging about the country of origin are accurate, so that consumers can make informed purchasing decisions,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, February 16, 2021 8:01:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "It is concerning that the risk of a gas supply shortfall in Australia's southern states continues, despite this having been a looming issue for some time," "It is crucial that investment decisions are made now to ensure there's enough supply, and to provide downward pressure on future price rises" External link

yahoo-au Tuesday, February 16, 2021 5:47:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "It is concerning that the risk of a gas supply shortfall in Australia's southern states continues, despite this having been a looming issue for some time," "It is crucial that investment decisions are made now to ensure there's enough supply, and to provide downward pressure on future price rises" External link

dailyadvertiser Tuesday, February 16, 2021 5:17:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : “I don’t know whether they’ll succeed in what they’re trying to do, but I would think that they’re as well-placed or probably better placed than anyone else who’s tried it to pull it off,” External link

theherald-au Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:40:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : “I don’t know whether they’ll succeed in what they’re trying to do, but I would think that they’re as well-placed or probably better placed than anyone else who’s tried it to pull it off,” External link

smh Wednesday, February 10, 2021 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The three shipping companies were the subject of our first criminal cartel investigations after a change in the law came into effect in July 2009, introducing criminal cartel offences,” “The total $83.5m in fines for these companies reflects the seriousness of cartel offences, which can damage the economy and other businesses, and can result in increased prices for consumers” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 5, 2021 2:13:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Commission ) : “The ACCC’s investigation into this cartel, which was assisted by the US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Japan Fair Trade Commission and the European Commission, shows our commitment to tackling criminal cartels and the value of strong networks between competition agencies worldwide,” “International cartel investigations can be challenging and complicated because parties, witnesses and other evidence are located overseas. We are grateful for the excellent cooperation with our international counterparts” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 5, 2021 2:13:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We will continue to investigate serious cartel conduct which affects Australian businesses and consumers, no matter where in the world those involved are located or how long it takes,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 5, 2021 2:13:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "In the end - and this is important - the decision about what (Google's News) Showcase will look like, how it will operate, and whether it offers the news business a Showcase deal is all entirely up to Google," External link

qt Friday, January 29, 2021 5:20:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "Google and Facebook are being asked to do something they really don't want to do, which is to pay for something they now get for free," External link

abc-au Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "Google and Facebook are being asked to do something they really don't want to do, which is to pay for something they now get for free," External link

abc-au Thursday, January 28, 2021 9:50:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “What Google did in France is negotiated because of the threat under the legislation, which included search, and did deals on Showcase. They could do the same thing here,” “Google did not do the deals in France because it wanted to. It’s only when the French competition regulator stepped in that they did the deals” External link

smh Wednesday, January 27, 2021 11:02:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “What Google did in France is negotiated because of the threat under the legislation, which included search, and did deals on Showcase. They could do the same thing here,” “Google did not do the deals in France because it wanted to. It’s only when the French competition regulator stepped in that they did the deals” External link

smh Wednesday, January 27, 2021 7:48:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “What Google did in France is negotiated because of the threat under the legislation, which included search, and did deals on Showcase. They could do the same thing here,” “Google did not do the deals in France because it wanted to. It’s only when the French competition regulator stepped in that they did the deals” External link

brisbanetimes Wednesday, January 27, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “What Google did in France is negotiated because of the threat under the legislation, which included search, and did deals on Showcase. They could do the same thing here,” “Google did not do the deals in France because it wanted to. It’s only when the French competition regulator stepped in that they did the deals” External link

watoday Wednesday, January 27, 2021 1:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “What Google did in France is negotiated because of the threat under the legislation, which included search, and did deals on Showcase. They could do the same thing here,” “Google did not do the deals in France because it wanted to. It’s only when the French competition regulator stepped in that they did the deals” External link

brisbanetimes Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:52:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “What Google did in France is negotiated because of the threat under the legislation, which included search, and did deals on Showcase. They could do the same thing here,” “Google did not do the deals in France because it wanted to. It’s only when the French competition regulator stepped in that they did the deals” External link

theherald-au Tuesday, January 26, 2021 5:40:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “What Google did in France is negotiated because of the threat under the legislation, which included search, and did deals on Showcase. They could do the same thing here,” “Google did not do the deals in France because it wanted to. It’s only when the French competition regulator stepped in that they did the deals” External link

brisbanetimes Tuesday, January 26, 2021 5:12:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “What Google did in France is negotiated because of the threat under the legislation, which included search, and did deals on Showcase. They could do the same thing here,” “Google did not do the deals in France because it wanted to. It’s only when the French competition regulator stepped in that they did the deals” External link

theage Tuesday, January 26, 2021 4:08:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If you had, for example, two or three search engines that had much more equal market share than is the case now, then you don’t have a bargaining power imbalance and it may well be that the code doesn’t apply,” “They will still do deals with news media businesses because competition will encourage them to do so” External link

watoday Tuesday, January 26, 2021 3:06:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Nine Entertainment ) : “If there were three players [in the search engine market], Nine could go to the three of them and say: ‘If you don’t deal a with me, I’ll pull my links off your platform’,” External link

watoday Tuesday, January 26, 2021 3:06:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If Bing become Google, then you are back to where you are now,” External link

watoday Tuesday, January 26, 2021 3:06:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : “You’ve got four big banks with a fair bit of market power. They are a very well established oligopoly,” External link

smh Monday, January 25, 2021 10:33:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : “You’ve got four big banks with a fair bit of market power. They are a very well established oligopoly,” External link

theherald-au Monday, January 25, 2021 6:50:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : “You’ve got four big banks with a fair bit of market power. They are a very well established oligopoly,” External link

brisbanetimes Monday, January 25, 2021 5:50:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : “You’ve got four big banks with a fair bit of market power. They are a very well established oligopoly,” External link

smh Monday, January 25, 2021 4:03:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If you had, for example, two or three search engines that had much more equal market share than is the case now, then you don’t have a bargaining power imbalance and it may well be that the code doesn’t apply,” “They will still do deals with news media businesses because competition will encourage them to do so” External link

smh Monday, January 25, 2021 12:48:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Nine Entertainment ) : “If there were three players [in the search engine market], Nine could go to the three of them and say: ‘If you don’t deal a with me, I’ll pull my links off your platform’,” External link

smh Monday, January 25, 2021 12:48:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If Bing become Google, then you are back to where you are now,” External link

smh Monday, January 25, 2021 12:48:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If you had, for example, two or three search engines that had much more equal market share than is the case now, then you don’t have a bargaining power imbalance and it may well be that the code doesn’t apply,” “They will still do deals with news media businesses because competition will encourage them to do so” External link

theherald-au Monday, January 25, 2021 11:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Nine Entertainment ) : “If there were three players [in the search engine market], Nine could go to the three of them and say: ‘If you don’t deal a with me, I’ll pull my links off your platform’,” External link

theherald-au Monday, January 25, 2021 11:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If Bing become Google, then you are back to where you are now,” External link

theherald-au Monday, January 25, 2021 11:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If you had, for example, two or three search engines that had much more equal market share than is the case now, then you don’t have a bargaining power imbalance and it may well be that the code doesn’t apply,” “They will still do deals with news media businesses because competition will encourage them to do so” External link

theage Monday, January 25, 2021 11:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Nine Entertainment ) : “If there were three players [in the search engine market], Nine could go to the three of them and say: ‘If you don’t deal a with me, I’ll pull my links off your platform’,” External link

theage Monday, January 25, 2021 11:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If Bing become Google, then you are back to where you are now,” External link

theage Monday, January 25, 2021 11:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "The only way you could get a commercial deal is if you've got some muscle in the arm of the news media businesses," External link

illawarramercury Friday, January 22, 2021 12:47:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : "The only way you could get a commercial deal is if you've got some muscle in the arm of the news media businesses," External link

portstephensexaminer Friday, January 22, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "The only way you could get a commercial deal is if you've got some muscle in the arm of the news media businesses," External link

dailyadvertiser Friday, January 22, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims wrote ( about Mr Trump ) : “Out of nowhere, he’d suddenly press the button,” “Not sure what to do, guests would look at one another with raised eyebrows. Moments later, a steward would enter the room carrying a glass filled with Diet Coke on a silver platter, and Trump would burst out laughing” External link

msn-uk Friday, January 22, 2021 3:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims wrote : "If Trump noticed someone glancing at the box - and sometimes completely unprompted - he would pick it up and move it farther away from himself," External link

qt Friday, January 22, 2021 2:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The partnership will allow iMist to grow and invest further in environmentally friendly fire suppression systems for legislative markets across the globe. 2021 will mark the start of this journey and the team could not be more excited for the future” External link

heraldscotland Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:44:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Depending on the results of our investigation, we will consider whether to take legal action on this matter," "The market for wearable devices like those made and sold by Fitbit is rapidly evolving. We are concerned that Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, an innovative company with its own wearables operating system and high standards for privacy protection, could prevent or hinder future competition" External link

brisbanetimes Friday, January 15, 2021 8:11:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Google and Facebook don't need any particular news media business, they need them all, but they don't need them individually," External link

brisbanetimes Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:09:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Google and Facebook don't need any particular news media business, they need them all, but they don't need them individually," External link

theherald-au Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Clearly, the digital platforms do have some control over what we see and read," External link

theage Sunday, January 10, 2021 4:25:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims added : “I’m confident that we will be able to maintain our current situation but I would urge people not to see the islands as a safe haven, our health facilities are limited,” “Whilst we famously welcome visitors with open arms, perhaps the smiles will be a little strained at the moment” External link

chesterfirst Thursday, December 31, 2020 1:50:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims added : “I’m confident that we will be able to maintain our current situation … but I would urge people not to see the islands as a safe haven, our health facilities are limited,” “Whilst we famously welcome visitors with open arms, perhaps the smiles will be a little strained at the moment” External link

leicestermercury Thursday, December 24, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims added : “I’m confident that we will be able to maintain our current situation but I would urge people not to see the islands as a safe haven, our health facilities are limited,” “Whilst we famously welcome visitors with open arms, perhaps the smiles will be a little strained at the moment” External link

worcesternews Thursday, December 24, 2020 12:03:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims added : “I’m confident that we will be able to maintain our current situation but I would urge people not to see the islands as a safe haven, our health facilities are limited,” “Whilst we famously welcome visitors with open arms, perhaps the smiles will be a little strained at the moment” External link

dailyecho Wednesday, December 23, 2020 10:45:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC continues to have concerns that Google’s acquisition of Fitbit may result in Fitbit’s rivals, other than Apple, being squeezed out of the wearables market, as they are reliant on Google’s Android system and other Google services to make their devices work effectively,” External link

pressandjournal Tuesday, December 22, 2020 7:51:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : “We at the ACCC and the DoJ have a very different theory of harm,” External link

pressandjournal Tuesday, December 22, 2020 7:51:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC continues to have concerns that Google’s acquisition of Fitbit may result in Fitbit’s rivals, other than Apple, being squeezed out of the wearables market, as they are reliant on Google’s Android system and other Google services to make their devices work effectively,” External link

worcesternews Tuesday, December 22, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : “We at the ACCC and the DoJ have a very different theory of harm,” External link

worcesternews Tuesday, December 22, 2020 6:25:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC continues to have concerns that Google’s acquisition of Fitbit may result in Fitbit’s rivals, other than Apple, being squeezed out of the wearables market, as they are reliant on Google’s Android system and other Google services to make their devices work effectively,” External link

southwalesargus Tuesday, December 22, 2020 6:10:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : “We at the ACCC and the DoJ have a very different theory of harm,” External link

southwalesargus Tuesday, December 22, 2020 6:10:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC continues to have concerns that Google’s acquisition of Fitbit may result in Fitbit’s rivals, other than Apple, being squeezed out of the wearables market, as they are reliant on Google’s Android system and other Google services to make their devices work effectively,” External link

independent-ie Tuesday, December 22, 2020 5:24:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC continues to have concerns that Google’s acquisition of Fitbit may result in Fitbit’s rivals, other than Apple, being squeezed out of the wearables market, as they are reliant on Google’s Android system and other Google services to make their devices work effectively,” External link

irishexaminer Tuesday, December 22, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : “We at the ACCC and the DoJ have a very different theory of harm,” External link

irishexaminer Tuesday, December 22, 2020 5:17:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC continues to have concerns that Google’s acquisition of Fitbit may result in Fitbit’s rivals, other than Apple, being squeezed out of the wearables market, as they are reliant on Google’s Android system and other Google services to make their devices work effectively,” External link

thecourier Tuesday, December 22, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : “We at the ACCC and the DoJ have a very different theory of harm,” External link

thecourier Tuesday, December 22, 2020 5:09:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : “We at the ACCC and the D.o.J have a very different theory of harm,” External link

Hindu Tuesday, December 22, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We are also continuing to investigate the acquisition's potential impact on wearable operating systems," External link

9news Tuesday, December 22, 2020 7:10:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Electricity bills are a major household expense, and the ACCC will continue to take enforcement action against retailers that make misleading claims about the reason for price increases,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 22, 2020 3:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Through Onavo Protect, Facebook was collecting and using the very detailed and valuable personal activity data of thousands of Australian consumers for its own commercial purposes, which we believe is completely contrary to the promise of protection, secrecy and privacy that was central to Facebook's promotion of this app," "Consumers often use VPN services because they care about their online privacy, and that is what this Facebook product claimed to offer. In fact, Onavo Protect channelled significant volumes of their personal activity data straight back to Facebook" External link

qt Wednesday, December 16, 2020 7:28:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The representations were very clear in terms of protecting privacy," "There were disclosures, once you'd already got the app, which we don't think were at all adequate" External link

theage Wednesday, December 16, 2020 6:01:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We believe that the conduct deprived Australian consumers of the opportunity to make an informed choice about the collection and use of their personal activity data by Facebook and Onavo,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, December 16, 2020 3:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The ACCC is concerned that the proposed acquisition would remove PFD as an important alternative customer in the food sector, reducing the number of buyers and increasing Woolworths' relative size as a customer of food manufacturers and suppliers," External link

abc-au Tuesday, December 15, 2020 4:25:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "If Woolworths was able to use its existing bargaining power as a retail buyer to gain better supply prices for PFD than PFD could obtain on its own, in the medium term this could have serious consequences for the structure of the wholesale food distribution sector, such as reduced range, choice, and service levels," External link

abc-au Tuesday, December 15, 2020 4:25:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We allege that Retail Food Group acted in breach of the code, and in some cases unconscionably, by making improper undisclosed payments from the marketing funds for its own benefit, to the detriment of franchisees," External link

abc-au Tuesday, December 15, 2020 3:55:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The prospective franchisees simply had no way of knowing the true financial performance of the stores, and we allege that Retail Food Group took advantage of this when selling or licensing the stores,” External link

theage Tuesday, December 15, 2020 3:34:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We allege that Retail Food Group acted in breach of the Code, and in some cases unconscionably, by making improper undisclosed payments from the marketing funds for its own benefit, to the detriment of franchisees,” External link

theage Tuesday, December 15, 2020 3:34:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The prospective franchisees simply had no way of knowing the true financial performance of the stores, and we allege that Retail Food Group took advantage of this when selling or licensing the stores,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 15, 2020 3:03:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We allege that Retail Food Group acted in breach of the Code, and in some cases unconscionably, by making improper undisclosed payments from the marketing funds for its own benefit, to the detriment of franchisees,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 15, 2020 3:03:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The prospective franchisees simply had no way of knowing the true financial performance of the stores, and we allege that Retail Food Group took advantage of this when selling or licensing the stores,” External link

smh Tuesday, December 15, 2020 3:00:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We allege that Retail Food Group acted in breach of the Code, and in some cases unconscionably, by making improper undisclosed payments from the marketing funds for its own benefit, to the detriment of franchisees,” External link

smh Tuesday, December 15, 2020 3:00:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The prospective franchisees simply had no way of knowing the true financial performance of the stores, and we allege that Retail Food Group took advantage of this when selling or licensing the stores,” External link

brisbanetimes Tuesday, December 15, 2020 2:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We allege that Retail Food Group acted in breach of the Code, and in some cases unconscionably, by making improper undisclosed payments from the marketing funds for its own benefit, to the detriment of franchisees,” External link

brisbanetimes Tuesday, December 15, 2020 2:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There are promising signs of further consumer benefit as RSPs (retail service providers) take up improved offers strengthened via commercial negotiation undertaken over the course of our public inquiries," "The importance of maximising use of the NBN through improved affordability and strong retail competition cannot be overstated if we are to realise the full economic and social benefits of this significant investment" External link

illawarramercury Friday, December 11, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There are promising signs of further consumer benefit as RSPs (retail service providers) take up improved offers strengthened via commercial negotiation undertaken over the course of our public inquiries," "The importance of maximising use of the NBN through improved affordability and strong retail competition cannot be overstated if we are to realise the full economic and social benefits of this significant investment" External link

maitlandmercury Friday, December 11, 2020 5:51:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are very pleased to welcome Anna and Peter, who both have impressive economic and commercial credentials and who have made significant contributions in their fields,” “Their appointments will further deepen and broaden the expertise and experience of our team” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 11, 2020 4:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “More competitive wholesale pricing on the NBN will give consumers a broader range of affordable retail offers and keep the price of higher speed plans at levels that represent fair value,” “It is encouraging to see broadband services in regional areas improved as a result of additional network investment as NBN Co is reporting that less than one per cent of fixed wireless cells are now subject to congestion” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 11, 2020 2:41:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The impact in the mobile market is likely to depend on the willingness of consumers and businesses to upgrade to more expensive devices,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 11, 2020 2:41:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “There are promising signs of further consumer benefit as RSPs take up improved offers strengthened via commercial negotiation undertaken over the course of our public inquiries,” “The importance of maximising use of the NBN through improved affordability and strong retail competition cannot be overstated if we are to realise the full economic and social benefits of this significant investment” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 11, 2020 2:41:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Greater certainty over NBN product and pricing offers and stronger rebate arrangements, and better operational support for consumers, are all likely to emerge,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 11, 2020 2:41:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The initiatives that NBN Co took over COVID demonstrate the direct role that wholesale access arrangements play in maintaining service quality and supporting greater use of the NBN by business and residential customers,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 11, 2020 2:41:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Increased competition between petrol retailers brings down prices, and fuel price data apps and websites empower consumers. Darwin motorists are currently enjoying the benefits of both these factors,” “Motorists in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, and now Tasmania, which introduced FuelCeck TAS in the September quarter, can also access real-time petrol prices through transparency schemes” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 11, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The increase in the average retail price of petrol in our five largest cities was driven mainly by an increase in the price of Mogas 95, but it must be noted that petrol retailers’ gross margins are at record highs,” “Petrol retailing is a high-volume low-margin business with fixed costs, so we understand that some businesses have had to increase their margins to offset sales volumes that were 17 per cent lower in the September quarter compared to last year’s average” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 11, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “As economic activity in Australia picks up again and sales volumes return to normal, the ACCC expects to see gross retail margins fall,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 11, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Petrol prices are slower to come down in regional locations but fortunately they are also slower to go back up, so drivers in regional locations on average paid less than their big city counterparts in the September quarter,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 11, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “As retail petrol prices in Australia are set according to international prices, and refineries in the Asia-pacific region are not operating to capacity, the conversion of Kwinana is unlikely to have an impact on petrol prices in Australia,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, December 11, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The free network capacity boost offered by NBN Co at the outset of the pandemic has been key to the continual uplift in access quality to online applications,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, December 10, 2020 3:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The MBA program data has allowed us to see how the mitigations and network boosts have improved streaming quality, and benefitted consumers, since the last report,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, December 10, 2020 3:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC’s case centred around the proposed acquisition of the Acacia Ridge intermodal terminal in Brisbane. With the acquisition set to proceed, Australia will be left in the position where the dominant intermodal rail linehaul services provider will also own the critical infrastructure that potential competitors need to access in order to compete,” “The ACCC faces challenges in contested merger cases where a forward looking merger test is applied. The nature of the test, and the inherent uncertainties in predicting the future, make it difficult to prove that a change in the market structure after the merger will substantially lessen competition in the future” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 8, 2020 5:31:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This task is further complicated by the need to prove that competition is likely to be substantially lessened compared to a hypothetical future in which the acquisition did not occur,” “These challenges raise important issues for the consideration of whether Australia’s current merger laws are fit for purpose” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 8, 2020 5:31:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This decision sends a strong signal to businesses like Kogan, which regularly conduct online sales promotions, that they must not entice consumers to purchase products with a promise of discounts that are not genuine,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, December 7, 2020 4:03:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "If you are someone with an older loan, you might be surprised to know that borrowers with new loans are likely walking into the very same lender you have your loan with and getting significantly lower interest rates," External link

9news Saturday, December 5, 2020 11:20:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Existing lenders want to keep their borrowers, so have no incentive to make the discharge process quick or straightforward," "We want it to be as easy as possible for borrowers to switch lenders, as it should be in all markets. Our recommendations are designed to make this process faster, less confusing and less frustrating" External link

9news Saturday, December 5, 2020 11:20:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There are factors standing in the way of home loan borrowers switching lenders, such as a lack of clear and transparent pricing, as well as inconvenience and time costs, but for many borrowers switching will be worth the effort," External link

bordermail Saturday, December 5, 2020 3:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Our recommended prompt would clearly set out for many borrowers just how much higher their interest rate is compared to new borrowers," External link

bordermail Saturday, December 5, 2020 3:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Our recommended prompt would clearly set out for many borrowers just how much higher their interest rate is compared to new borrowers,” “This information would be a powerful motivation for borrowers to seek a lower rate from their current lender or to switch to a new lender. It would also encourage lenders to offer existing customers better rates, promoting greater competition in the sector” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, December 5, 2020 1:31:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If you are someone with an older loan, you might be surprised to know that borrowers with new loans are likely walking into the very same lender you have your loan with and getting significantly lower interest rates,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, December 5, 2020 1:31:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Existing lenders want to keep their borrowers, so have no incentive to make the discharge process quick or straightforward,” “We want it to be as easy as possible for borrowers to switch lenders, as it should be in all markets. Our recommendations are designed to make this process faster, less confusing and less frustrating” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, December 5, 2020 1:31:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We remain concerned about opaque pricing in the home loan market, but are encouraged that some banks are moving to more transparency without direct intervention from the government,” “We are recommending ongoing monitoring of this market so we can ensure that this trend of improved pricing transparency continues. We may recommend further action if it does not” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, December 5, 2020 1:31:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Cartel conduct is conduct that comes at the complete expense of consumers, and that’s why it’s a criminal offence, you are ripping off consumers, in this case vulnerable people,” “Those who are in pain and need these drugs are paying more. How much more is very hard to tell, but they’re not putting [the price] up by a small amount” External link

theage Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “These things are really hard to detect, because people doing this know they’re doing something wrong and so usually go to great lengths to hide it,” External link

theage Tuesday, December 1, 2020 8:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are committed to pursuing cartel conduct allegations, in order to protect businesses and consumers from the economic harm of such conduct,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, December 1, 2020 3:39:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “That’s another loss for us because we would have honored in the parade the members we lost,” “We lost a king. It really is an internal and an external loss” External link

washtimes Monday, November 30, 2020 6:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "These debts significantly impacted the affected individuals," "For example, one consumer had a debt of over $19,000; another experienced extreme anxiety worrying they would go to jail if they didn't pay; and yet another used money withdrawn from their superannuation towards paying their Telstra debt" External link

qt Thursday, November 26, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This case exposes extremely serious conduct which exploited social, language, literacy and cultural vulnerabilities of these Indigenous consumers," "Even though Telstra became increasingly aware of elements of the improper practices by sales staff at Telstra licensed stores over time, it failed to act quickly enough to stop it, and these practices continued and caused further, serious and avoidable financial hardship to Indigenous consumers" External link

qt Thursday, November 26, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "For example, one consumer had a debt of over A$19,000; another experienced extreme anxiety worrying they would go to jail if they didn't pay; and yet another used money withdrawn from their superannuation towards paying their Telstra debt," External link

yahoo-au Thursday, November 26, 2020 7:37:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "It failed to act quickly enough to stop it, and these practices continued and caused further, serious and avoidable financial hardship to Indigenous consumers," External link

yahoo-au Thursday, November 26, 2020 7:37:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This is probably the worst we’ve seen," External link

theage Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:57:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We were quite surprised by what we found," "Sometimes the consumers were sold plans that you only need when you are travelling overseas - overseas data allowances. Sometimes they were told the products were for free. Many times staff manipulating the credit assessment because it was obvious people could not afford to pay off these plans" External link

theage Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:57:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This case exposes extremely serious conduct which exploited social, language, literacy and cultural vulnerabilities of these Indigenous consumers," External link

abc-au Thursday, November 26, 2020 4:39:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "These debts significantly impacted the affected individuals. For example, one consumer had a debt of over $19,000; another experienced extreme anxiety worrying they would go to jail if they didn't pay; and yet another used money withdrawn from their superannuation towards paying their Telstra debt," External link

illawarramercury Thursday, November 26, 2020 4:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Telstra is Australia's largest telecommunications provider. It has clearly failed to meet community expectations for appropriate business behaviour," "This case is a reminder to all businesses to ensure that they comply with Australian Consumer Law in their dealings with all consumers, especially vulnerable consumers in regional or remote communities" External link

illawarramercury Thursday, November 26, 2020 4:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Even though Telstra became increasingly aware of elements of the improper practices by sales staff at Telstra licensed stores over time, it failed to act quickly enough to stop it," "These practices continued and caused further, serious and avoidable financial hardship to Indigenous consumers" External link

illawarramercury Thursday, November 26, 2020 4:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Australia's largest telecommunications provider ... has clearly failed to meet community expectations for appropriate business behaviour," External link

illawarramercury Thursday, November 26, 2020 4:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Even though Telstra became increasingly aware of elements of the improper practices by sales staff at Telstra licensed stores over time, it failed to act quickly enough to stop it," "These practices continued and caused further, serious and avoidable financial hardship to Indigenous consumers" External link

maitlandmercury Thursday, November 26, 2020 3:55:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Australia's largest telecommunications provider ... has clearly failed to meet community expectations for appropriate business behaviour," External link

maitlandmercury Thursday, November 26, 2020 3:55:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "These debts significantly impacted the affected individuals. For example, one consumer had a debt of over $19,000; another experienced extreme anxiety worrying they would go to jail if they didn't pay; and yet another used money withdrawn from their superannuation towards paying their Telstra debt," External link

dailyadvertiser Thursday, November 26, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Telstra is Australia's largest telecommunications provider. It has clearly failed to meet community expectations for appropriate business behaviour," "This case is a reminder to all businesses to ensure that they comply with Australian Consumer Law in their dealings with all consumers, especially vulnerable consumers in regional or remote communities" External link

dailyadvertiser Thursday, November 26, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "These debts significantly impacted the affected individuals," "For example, one consumer had a debt of over $19,000; another experienced extreme anxiety worrying they would go to jail if they didn't pay; and yet another used money withdrawn from their superannuation towards paying their Telstra debt" External link

qt Thursday, November 26, 2020 3:29:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This case exposes extremely serious conduct which exploited social, language, literacy and cultural vulnerabilities of these Indigenous consumers," "Even though Telstra became increasingly aware of elements of the improper practices by sales staff at Telstra licensed stores over time, it failed to act quickly enough to stop it, and these practices continued and caused further, serious and avoidable financial hardship to Indigenous consumers" External link

qt Thursday, November 26, 2020 3:29:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Even though Telstra became increasingly aware of elements of the improper practices by sales staff at Telstra licensed stores over time, it failed to act quickly enough to stop it, and these practices continued and caused further, serious and avoidable financial hardship to Indigenous consumers," External link

watoday Thursday, November 26, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “These debts significantly impacted the affected individuals. For example, one consumer had a debt of over $19,000; another experienced extreme anxiety worrying they would go to jail if they didn’t pay; and yet another used money withdrawn from their superannuation towards paying their Telstra debt,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 26, 2020 2:17:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Telstra is Australia’s largest telecommunications provider. It has clearly failed to meet community expectations for appropriate business behaviour,” “This case is a reminder to all businesses to ensure that they comply with Australian Consumer Law in their dealings with all consumers, especially vulnerable consumers in regional or remote communities” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 26, 2020 2:17:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We will continue to monitor the use of supply chain financing and extension of payment terms in small business contracts to identify conduct that raises concerns under the Australian Consumer Law, especially the provisions relating to unfair contract terms and unconscionable conduct,” “Ensuring that small businesses receive the protections of the competition and consumer laws is a priority for the ACCC” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, November 24, 2020 4:29:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We will carefully consider the judgment,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, November 20, 2020 10:30:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We allege that this conduct reduced competition, and may have deprived ice cream lovers of a variety of choice or the benefit of lower prices when purchasing an ice cream at one of these stores," External link

theherald-au Friday, November 20, 2020 6:07:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We allege that this conduct reduced competition, and may have deprived ice cream lovers of a variety of choice or the benefit of lower prices when purchasing an ice cream at one of these stores," External link

brisbanetimes Friday, November 20, 2020 4:45:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We allege that this conduct reduced competition, and may have deprived ice cream lovers of a variety of choice or the benefit of lower prices when purchasing an ice cream at one of these stores," External link

smh Friday, November 20, 2020 3:59:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We allege that, as a result of the agreement and Peters' conduct, other ice cream suppliers had no commercially viable way of distributing their single-serve ice creams to national petrol and convenience retailers," External link

abc-au Friday, November 20, 2020 3:55:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We also allege that a substantial purpose of Peters engaging in the conduct was to protect its market position from competitors, as one of only two major suppliers of single-wrapped ice creams, who together held a combined market share of over 95 per cent during the relevant time," External link

abc-au Friday, November 20, 2020 3:55:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is vital that broadband providers offer a variety of plans for all needs and budgets. Consumers should choose the plan that best works for them, and that doesn’t always mean the fastest,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 12, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It’s important that RSPs continue to acquire sufficient CVC to meet consumer demand, as this affects on user experience. Particularly at this time when Australians’ broadband connection has become a household essential for work, education and entertainment,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, November 12, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC is focusing on the media bargaining code, our ad tech inquiry and our study examining app stores, and we have noted the Epic Games proceedings against Apple and Google in the US in regards to the latter,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, November 6, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “These are complex issues, but they matter enormously and, in different ways, they are being considered all over the world,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, November 6, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The international focus is encouraged by the many acquisitions by the main digital platforms. While the platforms have grown through amazing and beneficial innovation, they are cementing their position through frequent acquisitions,” “We have seen the same in Australia in a range of domestic sectors” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, November 6, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “When the economic historians look back on the past 20 years they will marvel at how we often privatised so many vital assets to raise money at the clear cost to future users of the relevant assets,” “The community does not, by a large majority, approve of the privatisation of Government assets. They are not luddites. They have simply observed the higher prices that have often been the result” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, November 6, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We have an active pipeline, and there are more cartel cases to come, hopefully soon,” “We also have an important array of competition cases. Our case under the new section 46 is before the Federal Court, our NSW Ports case is currently being heard in the Federal court and on 8 December our special leave application will be heard by the High Court for an appeal in relation to the Pacific National/Aurizon section 50 matter” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, November 6, 2020 2:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Trivago’s conduct meant that consumers may have paid more for a room at a hotel than they should have, and hotels lost business from direct bookings despite offering a cheaper prices,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, November 4, 2020 4:12:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Congestion charges should be temporary and only imposed if justified and reasonable. We would be very concerned if they became embedded costs at our ports,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, November 4, 2020 3:11:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Higher rebates for consumers will provide stronger incentives for NBN Co to meet reasonable service standards and address individual cases of poor service outcomes,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, November 4, 2020 1:10:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We expect the NBN Co’s commitment to provide certainty over access charges, which are the most significant costs facing retailers, will reduce barriers to entry and encourage greater competition in retail markets,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, November 4, 2020 1:10:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We will be watching NBN Co’s implementation of these arrangements very closely to ensure these measures achieve their intended objectives. This will also inform our consideration of arrangements beyond the term of the next wholesale agreement,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, November 4, 2020 1:10:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is important to note that the revised access arrangements do not provide a direct prohibition on NBN Co effectively reverting to a heavy reliance on short term discounts in future. The underlying concerns we have previously stated on the use of discounts remains and is contrary to the initial intention of the Special Access Undertaking (SAU), which was intended to provide a high degree of long term certainty,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, November 4, 2020 1:10:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims explained : "That... is an invidious and frankly, unsustainable position" External link

centreforaviation Tuesday, November 3, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Both of those milestones are going to prove to be very significant" External link

centreforaviation Tuesday, November 3, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "All I can say at the moment is some form of arbitration is important, but I can't foreshadow what's going to happen beyond that," External link

smh Sunday, November 1, 2020 9:00:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Their unique insights are reaching the highest levels and informing policy decisions,” External link

nytimes Saturday, October 31, 2020 1:15:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "As large platforms continue to collect vast amounts of consumer information, they are also expanding into new sectors, growing their 'ecosystems' and with it, their market power and ability to draw in, and lock in consumers," "These expanded services can deliver benefits to consumers but the impacts on competition and consumer choice need to be closely monitored and considered" External link

qt Saturday, October 24, 2020 1:02:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : “I’m delighted the D.o.J.’s taking it on and we’ll follow it really closely,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims added : “We’re going to look at it and see whether there’s any value in what we might do,” External link

thehindu Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:39:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : “I’m delighted the D.o.J.’s taking it on and we’ll follow it really closely,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:54:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims added : “We’re going to look at it and see whether there’s any value in what we might do,” External link

Hindu Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:54:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "How much stronger and more entrenched is Facebook with its very many and continuing acquisitions, including Instagram and WhatsApp; and Google with its numerous acquisitions including YouTube and the digital advertising intermediary DoubleClick?," External link

theage Wednesday, October 21, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We need as a society to ask how much market concentration do we want to tolerate?" External link

theage Wednesday, October 21, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "All I can say at the moment is some form of arbitration is important, but I can't foreshadow what's going to happen beyond that," External link

theage Wednesday, October 21, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This is ... one of the biggest anti-trust cases in the world in the last 10 or 20 years," External link

abc-au Wednesday, October 21, 2020 8:31:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "It's extraordinary how they keep denying what everybody else sees as obvious," External link

abc-au Wednesday, October 21, 2020 8:31:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There is no law stopping that at the moment - we need laws to do that," External link

bordermail Wednesday, October 21, 2020 2:15:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "It's probably one of the major anti-trust cases of the last 10 or 20 years dealing with issues that fundamentally underpin who wields market power in search," External link

dailyadvertiser Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:35:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "It's up to them how they want to behave and make those statements," External link

dailyadvertiser Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:35:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is illegal for any corporation to make cartel agreements with its competitors, whether they are well known multinationals, or small businesses operating in regional areas. Enforcing cartel laws is an important enduring priority for the ACCC, no matter what type of business is involved,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, October 19, 2020 6:47:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The supplementary report shows that overall electricity consumption fell by 2 per cent in the second quarter of 2020, compared to the same time last year. Residential consumption rose significantly during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdowns, and because of colder weather in some states, while business consumption plummeted,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, October 19, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The pandemic is exacerbating energy affordability concerns. At a time when many consumers are experiencing reduced incomes, increased electricity consumption could lead to rising household debt and financial strain,” “Available data suggests more customers are a month behind in bill payments and energy affordability may become an even bigger concern in coming months” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, October 19, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The drop in wholesale prices is excellent news for consumers, especially at a time of rising household bills. While wholesale price falls have been partially offset by higher network costs (except in South Australia where network costs fell), retailers are legally required to pass on any sustained savings to consumers,” “We will continue to monitor prices and, if necessary, enforce the law to ensure consumers benefit from sustained drops in wholesale costs” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, October 19, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “There are still too many customers who do not achieve conditional discounts on these types of plans, which means they pay higher prices that can exacerbate existing financial difficulties. We urge retailers to abide by best practice for their vulnerable customers and help them move to the most suitable electricity plans,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, October 19, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Residential customers with a median annual electricity usage could save around $219 a year by switching from a standing offer to a market offer, while small businesses on standing offers could save about $424 a year,” “It continues to pay for households and small businesses on market offers to shop around, especially those with one of the big three electricity providers, because these customers often paid more than customers with other providers” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, October 19, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Free government comparison services, like Energy Made Easy and the Victorian Energy Compare, are also an easy way for consumers to compare the annual costs of offers and find the best deal for them,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, October 19, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We encourage schemes that improve access to solar systems for lower income households, but non-solar households should not have to shoulder the costs of these schemes,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, October 19, 2020 2:46:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This is my first (hurricane) experience, but I see that these guys have a plan and they know what they’re doing,” External link

irishexaminer Thursday, October 8, 2020 7:02:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “iSelect’s misleading conduct may have caused some consumers to switch electricity providers or plans on the basis of a price that was understated or without being aware that a cheaper plan was available,” “It can be complex and confusing for consumers to compare prices and other features of electricity services in a bid to get the best deal for what often is a major household expense. Comparison sites need to make it very clear if their recommendations are influenced or limited by commercial relationships” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, October 8, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Comparator websites also have a responsibility to ensure that their algorithms are correct, and must implement measures to prevent incorrect recommendations. This is particularly so when they generate significant revenue in commissions from those recommendations,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, October 8, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "iSelect's misleading conduct may have caused some consumers to switch electricity providers or plans on the basis of a price that was understated or without being aware that a cheaper plan was available," External link

9news Thursday, October 8, 2020 4:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This is my first (hurricane) experience, but I see that these guys have a plan and they know what they’re doing,” External link

worcesternews Wednesday, October 7, 2020 6:01:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This is my first (hurricane) experience, but I see that these guys have a plan and they know what they’re doing,” External link

thecourier Wednesday, October 7, 2020 4:05:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This is my first (hurricane) experience, but I see that these guys have a plan and they know what they’re doing,” External link

irishexaminer Wednesday, October 7, 2020 3:46:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This is my first (hurricane) experience, but I see that these guys have a plan and they know what they’re doing,” External link

pressandjournal Wednesday, October 7, 2020 3:39:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Today's $7m penalty sends a strong signal to businesses like Viagogo... that they cannot get away with profiting from misleading Australian consumers," External link

maitlandmercury Friday, October 2, 2020 10:21:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We will now carefully consider the judgment,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 29, 2020 4:20:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims added : “NBN Co’s decision to offer RSPs 40 per cent extra network capacity for free has been vital to the network’s sustained performance, and we welcome their decision to extend this offer until 30 November,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Our streaming test now includes all major NBN plans but we are keen to expand our testing to the new gigabit plans some RSPs offer. We encourage people on these new plans to sign up to our program,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “These results should prompt consumers to contact their RSPs to better understand which plans best suit their needs and streaming quality preferences,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We encourage NBN Co and RSPs to continue to build upon this result especially given the additional investment in FTTN service improvements announced last week by NBN Co,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims added : “We welcome this decision by NBN Co especially since one in five FTTN customers on higher speed plans are still not getting anywhere near what they are paying for,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The dairy code came into effect at the start of this year and it has already increased the transparency of information that farmers need to compare rival offers, and removed some barriers to farmers switching processors where it’s in their interests,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 23, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The code will change. It's a draft. A draft is meant to elicit comment and we've got a lot of comment," External link

smh Thursday, September 17, 2020 11:54:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Google's reaction to the algorithm notice change and the data issues were ones that we didn't intend. They've read things in there that we didn't intend," "We will certainly clarify those, so I'm hopeful those will no longer be issues" External link

smh Thursday, September 17, 2020 11:54:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "At the end of the day, what they do is their call and I don't know what they are going to do," "I think it would be a shame for Australian democracy, a shame for Facebook users, if they chose that course of action" External link

smh Thursday, September 17, 2020 11:54:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Facebook already pays some media for news content. The code simply aims to bring fairness and transparency to Facebook and Google's relationships with Australian news media businesses," "We note that according to the University of Canberra's 2020 Digital News Report, 39 per cent of Australians use Facebook for general news, and 49 per cent use Facebook for news about COVID-19" External link

theherald-au Wednesday, September 2, 2020 8:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “There are some fixed costs involved in petrol retailing and it’s likely that businesses have increased gross retail margins, to some degree, to offset lower sales volumes,” “While less petrol being sold during COVID-19 restrictions may be a contributing factor to the record high gross retail margins, we’re not convinced that this fully explains the levels we’re seeing” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC has long supported fuel price transparency schemes, as real-time price information helps motorists find the best deals on offer. We want consumers buying from petrol stations with the cheapest fuel as it rewards the price-competitive retailers,” “Fuel price transparency schemes are particularly relevant to motorists in the larger capital cities as the petrol cycles see prices fluctuate day-to-day” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Mogas prices are influenced by global crude oil prices, and as well as concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic it was the breakdown in talks between the OPEC cartel and other major oil producing nations in March 2020 that caused oil prices to collapse,” “Lower crude oil prices are one of the few positives from current world events and drivers in Australia have enjoyed lower petrol prices on the back of it” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “As the ACCC and the Government work to finalise the draft legislation, we hope all parties will engage in constructive discussions,” External link

irishtimes Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:57:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Facebook’s threat today to prevent any sharing of news on its services in Australia is ill-timed and misconceived," "The code simply aims to bring fairness and transparency to Facebook and Google’s relationships with Australian news media businesses" External link

watoday Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:08:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "As the ACCC and the Government work to finalise the draft legislation, we hope all parties will engage in constructive discussions," External link

RTERadio Tuesday, September 1, 2020 8:57:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The draft media bargaining code aims to ensure Australian news businesses, including independent, community and regional media, can get a seat at the table for fair negotiations with Facebook and Google," "The code simply aims to bring fairness and transparency to Facebook and Google's relationships with Australian news media businesses" External link

9news Tuesday, September 1, 2020 8:55:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Facebook’s threat today to prevent any sharing of news on its services in Australia is ill-timed and misconceived," "Facebook already pays some media for news content. The code simply aims to bring fairness and transparency to Facebook and Google’s relationships with Australian news media businesses" External link

theage Tuesday, September 1, 2020 7:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims says : “People paying attention to the global impacts of humankind on the planet are saying we need more aquaculture, and offshore fish farms are a really scaleable, sustainable, low-impact form of aquaculture,” External link

csmonitor Monday, August 31, 2020 7:18:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The Department for Education was absolutely clear," "However, things are changing very quickly. At the moment we are being asked not to allow the wearing of masks at school. We suspect that will be changed by next week. We would like to be in a position where the wearing of face masks is encouraged but not compulsory" External link

yorkpress Tuesday, August 25, 2020 6:24:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC was particularly concerned about HealthEngine’s misleading conduct in connection with reviews it published, because patients may have visited medical practices based on manipulated reviews that did not accurately reflect other patients’ experiences,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, August 20, 2020 4:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Where customers have requirements or preferences for local industry involvement, suppliers without an existing presence have options to satisfy these criteria, including by partnering with local businesses,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, August 20, 2020 4:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This is the first time we are zoning in on this issue," "We’ve got to make sure there is adequate supply with prices that match what buyers can get in the overseas market" External link

watoday Monday, August 17, 2020 10:15:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “As well as extending this Heads of Agreement, we think the government should consider strengthening the agreement’s price commitments,” “For example, reference could be made to LNG netback price expectations and the prices LNG exporters could expect to receive for uncontracted gas in overseas markets over the relevant period” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, August 17, 2020 3:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Extending the Heads of Agreement is one measure that can be adopted now. Further measures are also needed to ensure adequate supply of appropriately priced gas over the longer term,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, August 17, 2020 3:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The impacts of COVID-19 and the collapse in oil prices are being felt at all levels of the gas supply chain, and they have highlighted key areas of dysfunction in the market,” “The cumulative effect on gas users is significant and exacerbates the difficulties being experienced by many commercial and industrial users” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, August 17, 2020 3:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "When it goes to arbitration, there's three things the arbitrator takes into account," External link

smh Sunday, August 9, 2020 12:53:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The core gets you through the gate. Once you get through the gate, it's really anything that is produced by a journalist. That could be sports reporting, arts reporting," "There are some borderline cases, but that's what ACMA will have to decide" External link

watoday Tuesday, August 4, 2020 5:38:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We said this was an issue for government, because government is actually the one funding them,” External link

theage Sunday, August 2, 2020 5:32:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims writes : “His official schedule was more of a loose outline than a strict regimen,” External link

nytimes Saturday, August 1, 2020 7:37:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We believe that our final offer arbitration proposal provides a compelling incentive for parties to put forward fair and reasonable proposals, given each has just one chance to make an offer, and only one offer can prevail," External link

watoday Friday, July 31, 2020 3:54:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We continue to take steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our facilities, including ongoing monitoring of our PPE stocks, ensuring our staff are appropriately trained," External link

theage Tuesday, July 28, 2020 1:35:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We believe that many consumers, if given an informed choice, may have refused Google permission to combine and use such a wide array of their personal information for Google’s own financial benefit,” External link

aap-au Tuesday, July 28, 2020 8:01:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The protections of the Australian Consumer Law, which extend to all corporations carrying on business in Australia, prohibit making false or misleading representations about a consumer’s right to a refund, including their contractual refund rights,” “Consumers who believe they are entitled to a refund because they booked their fare while in Australia and who are not contacted by Etihad or their Australian travel agent by 7 August 2020, should contact the business that sold them their ticket” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, July 28, 2020 4:39:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We are pleased that Etihad is fulfilling its obligations under its conditions of carriage by offering refunds to thousands of Australian customers with cancelled flights," "Etihad's revised policy, and its decision to also offer refunds to consumers who weren't previously advised of their right to a refund, should serve as a model for other airlines" External link

9news Tuesday, July 28, 2020 4:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The protections of the Australian Consumer Law, which extend to all corporations carrying on business in Australia, prohibit making false or misleading representations about a consumer's right to a refund, including their contractual refund rights," "Consumers who believe they are entitled to a refund because they booked their fare while in Australia and who are not contacted by Etihad or their Australian travel agent by 7 August 2020, should contact the business that sold them their ticket" External link

9news Tuesday, July 28, 2020 4:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Google significantly increased the scope of information it collected about consumers on a personally identifiable basis. This included potentially very sensitive and private information about their activities on third party websites. It then used this information to serve up highly targeted advertisements without consumers’ express informed consent,” “We allege that Google did not obtain explicit consent from consumers to take this step” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, July 27, 2020 3:48:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Google made a clear representation about how it would protect users’ privacy. The ACCC alleges that Google made changes without obtaining the explicit consent it had promised consumers it would obtain before altering how it protected their private information,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, July 27, 2020 3:48:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We believe that many consumers, if given an informed choice, may have refused Google permission to combine and use such a wide array of their personal information for Google’s own financial benefit,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, July 27, 2020 3:48:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We are taking this action because we consider Google misled Australian consumers about what it planned to do with large amounts of their personal information, including internet activity on websites not connected to Google," "Google significantly increased the scope of information it collected about consumers on a personally identifiable basis. This included potentially very sensitive and private information about their activities on third-party websites" External link

qt Monday, July 27, 2020 5:40:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Google significantly increased the scope of information it collected about consumers on a personally identifiable basis," "This included potentially very sensitive and private information about their activities on third party websites. It then used this information to serve up highly targeted advertisements without consumers’ express informed consent" External link

watoday Monday, July 27, 2020 4:39:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Google significantly increased the scope of information it collected about consumers on a personally identifiable basis. This included potentially very sensitive and private information about their activities on third party websites. It then used this information to serve up highly targeted advertisements without consumers’ express informed consent,” “We allege that Google did not obtain explicit consent from consumers to take this step” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, July 27, 2020 3:10:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Google made a clear representation about how it would protect users’ privacy. The ACCC alleges that Google made changes without obtaining the explicit consent it had promised consumers it would obtain before altering how it protected their private information,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, July 27, 2020 3:10:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We believe that many consumers, if given an informed choice, may have refused Google permission to combine and use such a wide array of their personal information for Google’s own financial benefit,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, July 27, 2020 3:10:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “All businesses must ensure that their advertisements do not mislead consumers about the nature of a promotion, and that any promised savings are genuine,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, July 17, 2020 4:31:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Businesses who self-report breaches of the Australian Consumer Law are not exempt from ACCC enforcement action, but the penalties ordered by the court will take their cooperation into account,” External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, July 16, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “There’s no doubt the net value flow is to the platforms,” External link

bworldcom Tuesday, July 14, 2020 1:52:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims says : "In the consumer guarantee laws, there's a clause that says if what's happened is completely beyond the control of the company, then those guarantee rights don't apply," External link

abc-au Monday, July 6, 2020 10:11:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims says : "If I enter into a contract with you to do something and I pay you money to do it and then you don't do it, then the contract is frustrated — that's the legal term," External link

abc-au Monday, July 6, 2020 10:11:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims says : "The states do have a mediation service and they may well take up the case for you," External link

abc-au Monday, July 6, 2020 10:11:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We're working very closely with NBN and hopefully we'll get that problem addressed," External link

abc-au Monday, June 29, 2020 11:28:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We think this is going to tell us a lot about the effectiveness of our merger regime, which is really important to the Australian economy because without competition the market economy really doesn't work. So we've really got to make sure that our merger rules can do the job," External link

watoday Friday, June 26, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "PN (Pacific National) is a near monopoly on the north-south east coast route ... and they've been allowed to buy the stand-out bottleneck infrastructure on the route," "They will remain a dominant near-monopolist and that's bad for the rail freight industry. That means companies are going to face higher prices for rail freight, that worries us a lot and in a country like Australia rail freight is really important," External link

watoday Friday, June 26, 2020 8:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “A lack of competition in rail freight would likely lead to increased prices, for businesses and consumers around the country,” External link

aap-au Friday, June 26, 2020 4:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "You see it in movies and think, 'how do those guys do it?'," External link

qt Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The ACCC will argue that Dodo and iPrimus used a fundamentally flawed testing methodology, developed by Vocus, which was not a reasonable basis for their advertising claims about certain typical evening speeds," "It is alleged that the testing methodology determined the 'typical evening speed' claims by using only the daily 75 fastest speeds observed across Vocus' entire network in the busy period, excluding slower speeds where a connection was more likely to be impacted by congestion" External link

abc-au Tuesday, June 23, 2020 5:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "How broadband speeds hold up during busy evening periods is a critical issue for many consumers, and all service providers must have a reasonable basis for the broadband speed claims that they make," External link

abc-au Tuesday, June 23, 2020 5:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Consumers need reliable broadband speed information in order to decide which provider to get an NBN service from. How broadband speeds hold up during busy evening periods is a critical issue for many consumers, and all service providers must have a reasonable basis for the broadband speed claims that they make,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, June 23, 2020 3:26:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We do appreciate that the airline industry globally is significantly impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic, but I think that customers can and should expect better from Qantas, particularly when many of those customers may be out of work or experiencing financial hardship," "If any customer in this situation is unhappy with receiving a credit, or no longer wants one due to continuing uncertainty about when flights will resume, we strongly encourage them to contact Qantas and seek a refund" External link

9news Friday, June 19, 2020 7:31:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "For example, the monitoring regime will inform the ACCC and the Government about the rate at which each airline is increasing capacity on each route," "This will provide insight into whether an airline could be adding additional flights to a route in an attempt to damage a competitor or drive them off the route" External link

abc-au Friday, June 19, 2020 5:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "In some cases, the ACCC considers Qantas's emails may have encouraged these customers to cancel bookings themselves in order to receive a credit when many would have been eligible for a refund," "We want to ensure that customers are aware that when Qantas suspends or cancels flights due to travel restrictions and fails to provide them with an acceptable alternative flight, they are entitled to a refund" External link

abc-au Friday, June 19, 2020 5:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "even the most recent communication is not particularly clear" External link

abc-au Friday, June 19, 2020 5:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "From our perspective, from the outset, Qantas did not communicate clearly with customers about their rights and, in a large number of cases, simply omitted they were entitled to a refund," External link

abc-au Friday, June 19, 2020 5:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “From our perspective, from the outset, Qantas did not communicate clearly with customers about their rights and, in a large number of cases, simply omitted they were entitled to a refund,” “We do appreciate that the airline industry globally is significantly impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic, but I think that customers can and should expect better from Qantas, particularly when many of those customers may be out of work or experiencing financial hardship” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, June 19, 2020 3:06:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If any customer in this situation is unhappy with receiving a credit, or no longer wants one due to continuing uncertainty about when flights will resume, we strongly encourage them to contact Qantas and seek a refund,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, June 19, 2020 3:06:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This is a rapidly evolving sector and, while there is inherent uncertainty about how digital markets will develop, it does not mean as a competition regulator we can conclude there will be no lessening of competition simply because the future is unclear," External link

9news Thursday, June 18, 2020 6:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Past acquisitions by Google, of both start-ups and mature companies like Fitbit, have further entrenched Google’s position. The access to user data available to Google has made it so valuable to advertisers that it faces only limited competition,” “The ACCC’s investigation is focussed on certain online advertising services and nascent data-dependent health markets. We will explore the uniqueness and potential value that Fitbit’s data poses for Google, and its likely competitors in these advertising and health markets” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, June 18, 2020 3:44:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This is a rapidly evolving sector and, while there is inherent uncertainty about how digital markets will develop, it does not mean as a competition regulator we can conclude there will be no lessening of competition simply because the future is unclear,” “Our position is where there is uncertainty, especially surrounding such important markets, the ACCC must thoroughly investigate the potential for an acquisition to stymie future competition. As a competition regulator it is our job to weigh carefully the potential issues concerning data and advertising that may follow transactions such as these” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, June 18, 2020 3:44:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Mortgage brokers will still have a range of other aggregators, should they become dissatisfied with the combined AFG-Connective’s pricing or service. Lenders will likewise have a range of aggregators through which they can access potential consumers,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, June 18, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Ultimately we found that a substantial lessening of competition was not likely,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, June 18, 2020 2:47:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Facebook can get insights into its rivals, can see what they're doing and can scrape their data, because Giphy's content will now not only appear on Facebook but also on Twitter, Snapchat and so forth," "The issue for us is whether Facebook is now able to combine its data with Giphy's data, including the data they scrape from rival platforms to entrench their competitive advantage in advertising" External link

watoday Monday, June 8, 2020 12:01:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Facebook can get insights into its rivals, can see what they're doing and can scrape their data, because Giphy's content will now not only appear on Facebook but also on Twitter, Snapchat and so forth," "The issue for us is whether Facebook is now able to combine its data with Giphy's data, including the data they scrape from rival platforms to entrench their competitive advantage in advertising" External link

theage Monday, June 8, 2020 10:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "No matter where in the world a company has its headquarters, if it is selling to Australian consumers, the Australian Consumer Law applies," External link

dailyadvertiser Friday, June 5, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "No matter where in the world a company has its headquarters, if it is selling to Australian consumers, the Australian Consumer Law applies," External link

illawarramercury Friday, June 5, 2020 9:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "No matter where in the world a company has its headquarters, if it is selling to Australian consumers, the Australian Consumer Law applies," External link

theherald-au Friday, June 5, 2020 9:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “What Sony told these consumers was false and does not reflect the consumer guarantee rights afforded to Australian consumers under the Australian Consumer Law,” “Consumers can obtain a repair, replacement or refund directly for products with a major fault from sellers and cannot simply be sent to a product developer” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, June 5, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Refunds under the consumer guarantees must also be given in cash or money transfer if the consumer originally paid in one of those ways, unless the consumer chooses to receive store credit,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, June 5, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Consumers who buy digital products online have exactly the same rights as they would if they made the purchase at a physical store,” “No matter where in the world a company has its headquarters, if it is selling to Australian consumers, the Australian Consumer Law applies” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, June 5, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The deadline stands, but under the arrangements the car companies could always come to us and say, for example, 'we couldn't get the last few cars, we suspect they're off the road'," External link

qt Tuesday, June 2, 2020 2:55:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The Australian aviation industry remains highly concentrated and it is crucial that competition provided by smaller airlines is maintained long-term," "The Australian aviation industry is in a state of major upheaval and now, more than ever, we are concerned that competition by smaller airlines is not hindered" External link

yahoo-au Monday, June 1, 2020 7:30:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Clearly the biggest benefit is not the direct benefit which is the ads shown against news items. That’s the really, really small benefit," "The indirect value that Google and Facebook gain from having news on their platform" External link

smh Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:29:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Clearly the biggest benefit is not the direct benefit which is the ads shown against news items. That’s the really, really small benefit," "The indirect value that Google and Facebook gain from having news on their platform" External link

brisbanetimes Sunday, May 31, 2020 4:54:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Clearly the biggest benefit is not the direct benefit which is the ads shown against news items. That’s the really, really small benefit," "The indirect value that Google and Facebook gain from having news on their platform" External link

watoday Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:55:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Clearly the biggest benefit is not the direct benefit which is the ads shown against news items. That’s the really, really small benefit," "The indirect value that Google and Facebook gain from having news on their platform" External link

theage Sunday, May 31, 2020 2:39:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “How dare you put our lives at risk,” External link

nytimes Friday, May 29, 2020 2:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “How dare you put our lives at risk?” External link

nytimes Thursday, May 28, 2020 11:57:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “telling us that this was fake, that this wasn’t real, that there was no risks, all the while knowing that they were testing positive and withholding that from us,” External link

nytimes Thursday, May 28, 2020 8:40:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “He was protecting his family but not protecting mine, and Republican leadership protected him,” External link

washtimes Thursday, May 28, 2020 6:30:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims added : “It is good to see the trend of smaller RSPs increasing their share in the market continue. More competition means more choice and better services for consumers,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:06:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We expect Holden to negotiate fairly with dealers who have represented the Holden brand in Australia for decades. We will continue to closely monitor Holden’s commitment to engage in good faith negotiations,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, May 22, 2020 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “These results should prompt consumers to consider whether they actually need to pay extra for a higher-priced plan, or whether a cheaper plan could meet their needs,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims added : “Consumers should consult RSPs’ key facts sheets which set out what plans are most suitable for using popular online services. If consumers are still uncertain what plan they require they can start on a lower speed plan and move up to a premium higher speed plan if and when they need to do so,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “One positive development we have observed is more end users on underperforming services are having their issues resolved,” “We are seeing improvements with a higher proportion of NBN plans on FTTN connections achieving full speeds, however, one in five consumers on these connections are still paying for high speed 50 Mbps and 100 Mbps plans that are underperforming” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We encourage NBN Co and RSPs to build upon their initial gains so that many more FTTN customers can also receive the speeds of the plans they pay for,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This pandemic crisis has meant home broadband has become even more critical to Australians in their work, education and leisure activities,” “As more Australians sign up, the more transparency and information we can provide about broadband experiences the better for consumers” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims stated : "the outcome demonstrates the real difficulty of applying the substantial lessening of competition provisions in the legislation [and] the ACCC will continue to consider what changes are needed to make Australia's merger laws work in the way they need to, to safeguard the economy from highly concentrated markets" External link

mondaq Tuesday, May 19, 2020 11:57:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The intensity of this issue is growing worldwide," External link

qt Tuesday, May 19, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "If you want to be the all-singing and dancing search engine you need news so that when someone types in coronavirus you can get all the news articles on that otherwise it's a pretty limp search," External link

qt Tuesday, May 19, 2020 11:01:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The most straightforward way of doing this is that there is a collective on one side of the media companies ... Google on the one hand and Facebook on the other ... let them collectively bargain and work something out. The only issue with that is that it may end up going to arbitration," External link

watoday Tuesday, May 19, 2020 7:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Tasmanians are paying too much for petrol because there's just a lack of competition, the Tasmanian petrol market is dominated by majors," External link

abc-au Monday, May 18, 2020 8:34:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Quite bluntly, neither the Steamship Group, St Mary's Airport or the local boat services would have been able to run without government help,” External link

westbriton Saturday, May 16, 2020 8:12:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The offer of these services may have played a part in residents and their families choosing a particular Bupa facility,” “These vulnerable residents and their families may not have been aware that these extra services were not being provided, although they were being paid for” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We took this case to court despite Bupa self-reporting to the ACCC, because Bupa’s conduct impacted substantial numbers of elderly and vulnerable consumers for a significant period of time,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Cristina Cifuentes ) : “Cristina has also been a champion for women and people from cultural and linguistically diverse communities within the ACCC and AER and a mentor to many,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:12:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Cristina Cifuentes ) : “All of us at the ACCC and AER wish Cristina the very best for her future endeavours both professionally and personally,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:12:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Many small businesses are doing it tough, and are being forced to restrict their hours, lay off staff and, for too many, close their doors,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We know the COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant economic impact across Australia, which is why we are taking measures to help consumers and small to medium sized businesses,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We see a clear public benefit in allowing retailers to work together in negotiations with landlords and help tenants who are experiencing financial hardship,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Energy Council ) : “Energy is an essential service and it is important energy market participants support businesses through the pandemic,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “One rare positive to come from this pandemic is that wholesale electricity and gas prices are falling significantly. These falls need to be passed on to businesses that rely on energy,” “As Australia comes out of this crisis we will need our energy prices to fall significantly if we are to have the recovery we need” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are already engaging with some large businesses about allegations they are deliberately choosing not to pay their suppliers, or demanding large discounts off goods already delivered, and also delaying payments significantly, and that they should cease the conduct immediately,” “We are looking into concerns that many small grocery or convenience stores are missing out on supplies that now seem readily available to the large supermarkets. We need to maintain strong competition in the retail sector to ensure economic recovery once the pandemic subsides” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We ask consumers to remain patient and be mindful of the significant pressures on businesses at this time and, where possible, contact the business by email or website, rather than by phone,” “These are very complex issues and may take smaller businesses more time to respond” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, May 3, 2020 2:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We are continuing to discuss issues in relation to refunds and cancellations with the travel sector, and encourage travel providers to treat consumers fairly in these exceptional circumstances," External link

abc-au Saturday, May 2, 2020 3:47:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The AER’s Statement of Expectations provides important principles that should be adopted by energy retailers in their dealings with customers during the COVID19 pandemic, and we expect any conduct under this authorisation to meet or exceed the expectations set out in these principles” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, May 1, 2020 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We believe that allowing the AEC and energy businesses to work together will enable customer relief to be provided more quickly and efficiently than it would if the parties were to work on these measures independently,” “We will closely monitor the effect of these arrangements and when it is appropriate for this authorisation to be revoked” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, May 1, 2020 9:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Our investigation showed that Carsales and Facebook Marketplace are likely to continue to provide significant competition in online automotive classifieds after Gumtree acquires Cox Media,” “We also found that Gumtree and Cox Media focus on different segments, with Gumtree focussing on private seller listings and Cox Media focussing on dealer listings” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, April 30, 2020 3:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Many advertisers use third parties to place targeted advertisements to individual consumers based on browsing history data on a wide range of websites. Further, we found there are a range of other digital automotive content providers where direct advertisers could place automotive-related advertising, including Drive, Carsales, GoAuto and digital versions of automotive print publications,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, April 30, 2020 3:18:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "I just want [consumers] to know this - If you haven't rung your bank up in the last couple of years you're probably paying too much," External link

theage Monday, April 27, 2020 10:29:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This inquiry came about in part because in the middle of June 2019 the Treasurer and Governor both felt that the banks should pass on the full reduction in overnight cash rates into mortgage interest rates. The bank said, no, you have to look at our entire cost of funds," "From 2018-2019 the banks' cost of funds went down by more than mortgage interest rates. It's not surprising the Treasurer and Governor were upset they didn't pass along the rate. They were right" External link

theage Monday, April 27, 2020 10:29:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Importantly, the approval does not allow mining companies to coordinate on the terms, conditions or prices in supply contracts,” “We are going to closely monitor the effect of these arrangements and when it is appropriate for this authorisation to be revoked” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, April 24, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims says : “Extending our branch hours supports how ASB has an important role to play to help restart New Zealand’s economy, and further support our people, our customers and our community,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, April 24, 2020 8:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims concludes : “We’ll keep a close eye on how many customers are visiting our branches and we’ll be prepared to make changes if we need to. But again, with Alert Level 3 meaning the country is in a ‘restricted’ phase and people are instructed to stay home in their bubble other than for essential personal movement, we’re encouraging customers to please use our online, mobile, ATMs or Contact Centre options where possible,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, April 24, 2020 8:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims concludes : "We’ll keep a close eye on how many customers are visiting our branches and we’ll be prepared to make changes if we need to. But again, with Alert Level 3 meaning the country is in a ‘restricted’ phase and people are instructed to stay home in their bubble other than for essential personal movement, we’re encouraging customers to please use our online, mobile, ATMs or Contact Centre options where possible," External link

voxy Friday, April 24, 2020 5:48:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "The general issue in these sorts of circumstances is where capacity is dumped on various routes to flood the market, force prices down and make it very difficult for the new player, who is, of course, usually very dependent on some early cash flow," External link

abc-au Friday, April 24, 2020 12:59:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There's no excuse for misleading consumers at this time," External link

theherald-au Thursday, April 23, 2020 7:17:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There's no excuse for misleading consumers at this time," External link

illawarramercury Thursday, April 23, 2020 2:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There's no excuse for misleading consumers at this time," External link

9news Thursday, April 23, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “As with all of the temporary arrangements that industries are looking to implement as a means to deal with the COVID-19 issues they are facing, we will keep under consideration when they are no longer necessary,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, April 22, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Especially at this difficult time, retailers must not take advantage of the situation to increase their profits, but should pass on savings to motorists," External link

theage Wednesday, April 22, 2020 4:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We have previously found that the lack of vigorous and effective competition in some regional locations was a major reason for higher prices in those locations,” “Where there is competition, you tend to see lower prices. Giving your business to outlets that are pricing competitively sends a strong message to those that have high prices that they will lose your business. We recommend motorists compare prices on fuel price apps and websites, such as MotorMouth and the government schemes in NSW, WA and the NT, which also provide information on retail prices in regional locations” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:57:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Especially at this difficult time, retailers must not take advantage of the situation to increase their profits, but should pass on savings to motorists,” “The ACCC’s role is to monitor the market closely, and we will continue to do this, particularly to keep the pressure on the petrol retailers at this time” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:57:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Much of the increase in net profits on petrol products was driven by sales of PULP, which has a significantly higher profit margin for retailers,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:57:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Petrol stations make most of their profits from convenience sales and premium fuel. The average net profits on regular unleaded, at about 1.5 cpl are only a small part of the price motorists pay,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:57:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Drivers who have the option, can save money by resisting the temptation of convenience foods at petrol stations and using regular unleaded petrol, although motorists should follow their car manufacturers’ advice,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:57:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There just didn't seem to much progress coming on that issue from either Facebook or Google. There seemed to be a lot of focus on other issues but not that one," External link

brisbanetimes Monday, April 20, 2020 12:48:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are going to closely monitor the effect of these arrangements and assess when it is appropriate for this authorisation to be revoked,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, April 20, 2020 3:38:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “State and territory health agencies and hospitals are working hard to plan and prepare for what may be a sudden and significant rise in patients with COVID-19. These authorisations will aid this process,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, April 17, 2020 8:02:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "I think we've got it right - but we'll monitor them really closely," "Competitors are working well together to boost supply, but what we've got to make sure of is that some of the smaller players don't get hurt on the way through" External link

watoday Wednesday, April 8, 2020 6:47:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Given the exceptional circumstances, the ACCC encourages all businesses to treat consumers fairly and compassionately ," "We welcome the decisions by many businesses who are already offering refunds to all ticketholders, and expect other event and travel businesses to also offer remedies to all affected consumers when events or travel services are cancelled" External link

abc-au Wednesday, April 8, 2020 9:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It’s also crucial that competition in the loans market in Australia is maintained. The competition provided by small lenders needs to be supported to help mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is important to note that ASF members are not authorised to exchange information about margins, costs, repayment terms or specific offers to customers. This is aimed at ensuring competition between lenders continues,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Over a year before the games, a 35-man squad was selected and TEG Live included the names and images of the majority of those players in its advertisements," External link

smh Tuesday, April 7, 2020 2:46:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Over a year before the games, a 35-man squad was selected and TEG Live included the names and images of the majority of those players in its advertisements," External link

watoday Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:14:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Over a year before the games, a 35-man squad was selected and TEG Live included the names and images of the majority of those players in its advertisements," External link

theage Tuesday, April 7, 2020 6:28:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We understand there is great interest in the outcome of these inquiries,” External link

aap-au Tuesday, April 7, 2020 5:25:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Consumers paid a premium for floor-level seats, ranging between $895 and $3995 for a hospitality package and may have done so as a result of misleading seating advertising,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 7, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Over a year before the games, a 35-man squad was selected and TEG Live included the names and images of the majority of those players in its advertisements,” “In the end, only four players from the 35-man squad, Harrison Barnes, Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton and Miles Turner, played in the games” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 7, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are concerned consumers may have purchased tickets believing many of these advertised high profile players would be playing when, in the end, this was not the case,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 7, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is clear that NBN Co.’s temporary boost in network capacity which allows RSPs to increase their capacity on the network by up to 40 per cent at no extra cost for three months is underpinning these encouraging results,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, April 6, 2020 3:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Despite serious issues when there was a massive increase in calls to some government numbers, mobile networks are handling the increase in volume quite well,” “Retailers are increasing plan allowances or reducing excess charges to help their customers adjust, and they should be applauded for this” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, April 6, 2020 3:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Last week we granted interim authorisation to allow the NBN Co and Australia’s five biggest RSPs, who together formed a special working group, to immediately coordinate on the significant surge in network demand,” “We will want vigorous competition, however, to drive the recovery when it comes” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, April 6, 2020 3:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is very important consumers receive accurate advice to guide their decisions,” “We still expect service providers to take reasonable steps to check the capability of NBN connections where consumers look to upgrade as some are doing during this period” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, April 6, 2020 3:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is not only important to protect the effectiveness of the communications networks but also to continue working on reforms that will maintain long term efficiency and competition post this crisis,” “What will be fascinating will be the extent to which our world is permanently changed by the current crisis” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, April 6, 2020 3:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We have worked hard on implementing measures to ensure greater affordability of electricity and greater transparency in relation to gas prices, and we will continue to keep a close eye on how any measures might impact this in the future and will carefully consider the broader application,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, April 3, 2020 11:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We determined that Asahi selling the beer and cider brands would be sufficient to address our competition concerns and provide an opportunity for another business to play an important role in a relatively concentrated industry,” External link

smh Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:29:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We determined that Asahi selling the beer and cider brands would be sufficient to address our competition concerns and provide an opportunity for another business to play an important role in a relatively concentrated industry,” External link

brisbanetimes Wednesday, April 1, 2020 4:50:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We determined that Asahi selling the beer and cider brands would be sufficient to address our competition concerns and provide an opportunity for another business to play an important role in a relatively concentrated industry,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, April 1, 2020 3:12:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Anything that further entrenches Bunnings’ position, or attempts to remove current or potential future competitive threats to Bunnings, will be very closely scrutinised,” “The ACCC’s decision not to oppose this deal should not be read as an indication that the ACCC will take a similar view on future possible acquisitions by Bunnings. Expansion into more specialist retailing in particular segments by acquisition of existing competitors, as opposed to organic growth, will be very carefully considered” External link

theage Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:03:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “However, anything that further entrenches Bunnings’ position, or attempts to remove current or potential future competitive threats to Bunnings, will be very closely scrutinised,” “The ACCC’s decision not to oppose this deal should not be read as an indication that the ACCC will take a similar view on future possible acquisitions by Bunnings. Expansion into more specialist retailing in particular segments by acquisition of existing competitors, as opposed to organic growth, will be very carefully considered” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 31, 2020 2:40:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Individual banks can still offer more favourable and tailored terms to business customers outside of this proposed agreement,” “The conditions provide transparency over what is proposed and if major concerns are identified, the ACCC is able to revoke the interim authorisation, or require amendments” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 30, 2020 12:33:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Social media posts have gone viral, excuse the pun, with allegations of price gouging against supermarkets over price rises for fresh produce, such as broccoli and cauliflower," External link

9news Monday, March 30, 2020 8:00:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "I do have one area of concern in relation to supermarkets and groceries," "Through this crisis we must ensure that there are also sufficient supplies of grocery and fresh produce for small businesses to sell, and that they remain open" External link

9news Monday, March 30, 2020 8:00:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "As many will know, price gouging is not against the law," External link

9news Monday, March 30, 2020 8:00:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : “We have not seen evidence of significantly higher supermarket margins,” External link

aap-au Monday, March 30, 2020 7:20:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is important that these short-term measures do not give rise to long-term structural damage to competition, market concentration or long-term arrangements that make it more difficult for businesses to enter and compete into the future,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 30, 2020 3:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We have already contacted numerous businesses including gyms, travel companies, and event payment processors, just to name a few, to change their approach in relation to refunds or fees to postpone or delay a service, without fanfare but with great success in getting better outcomes for consumers,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 30, 2020 3:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We may not know when the gains from Consumer Data Right will kick in, but we can be certain they will be profound. Competition, consumers, and the economy will be benefit considerably,” “But it’s important to recognise that newer entrants and smaller businesses are often hit hardest in a crisis, and they will need support to survive” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 30, 2020 3:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “If ever there was a time to expedite digital innovation, this is it,” “Post this crisis we will get the competition our financial sector needs” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 30, 2020 3:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We've had a lot of feedback that prices, particularly of fresh produce, have gone up," External link

smh Friday, March 27, 2020 5:39:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We've had a lot of feedback that prices, particularly of fresh produce, have gone up," "The story we're getting is that's due to flow on from the drought and the bushfires, and also the continual de-stocking when it comes to products such as meat. So that all seems logical" External link

theage Friday, March 27, 2020 3:55:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We want to check if prices are going up a bit that it's really the farmers who are benefiting," "If prices are going up and there's no change in margin at supermarkets or wholesalers and it's all benefiting farmers, that's okay. I don't think anybody's going to begrudge the farmers making a bit more money at the moment or recovering past losses" External link

theage Friday, March 27, 2020 3:55:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This authorisation will help provide certainty for regional flight operators to support services on these routes for those who need to use them," "We hope this temporary measure will also support airlines' ability to again compete with each other on these routes once the pandemic crisis has passed" External link

maitlandmercury Friday, March 27, 2020 1:34:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This authorisation will help provide certainty for regional flight operators to support services on these routes for those who need to use them," "We hope this temporary measure will also support airlines' ability to again compete with each other on these routes once the pandemic crisis has passed" External link

bordermail Friday, March 27, 2020 12:54:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Airlines are facing significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including rapidly escalating travel restrictions. The ACCC stands ready to urgently assist airlines with any coordination arrangements that are necessary and appropriate during this crisis,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, March 26, 2020 9:22:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "When we went down every rabbit burrow, we found that it changed our view and so we’ve come out and cleared it," External link

theage Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:20:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The significant declines in the circulation and revenue experienced by many magazines are sustained, substantial and likely to continue, resulting in less investment in content and fewer retail promotions. We note that some magazine titles have already closed, and others are likely to follow, regardless of this deal," External link

theage Thursday, March 26, 2020 8:20:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Ultimately, we determined that although there is a notable level of competition between the particular print titles, the transaction was not likely to substantially lessen competition because publishers in other media, particularly online publishers, will increasingly compete with Bauer," External link

yahoo-au Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Ultimately, we determined that although there is a notable level of competition between the particular print titles, the transaction was not likely to substantially lessen competition because publishers in other media, particularly online publishers, will increasingly compete with Bauer,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:59:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The comments suggested ‘survival of the fittest’, and all the talk about bailout wasn’t helpful at a time when we’ve got this crisis and we’re all trying to get out of it,” External link

smh Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:36:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We believe allowing these businesses to work together to discuss further solutions is appropriate and necessary at this time," External link

smh Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:36:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : "The complaint that we've had from Paul Scurrah is that Qantas is engaging in anti-competitive conduct, designed to damage Virgin as a competitor," External link

abc-au Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "I'm just saying generally rather than the legal point, just a general point — really we need companies working together during this crisis and talking about the survival of the fittest could be seen as quite unhelpful," External link

abc-au Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:02:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The comments suggested ‘survival of the fittest’, and all the talk about bailout wasn’t helpful at a time when we’ve got this crisis and we’re all trying to get out of it,” External link

watoday Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Australia’s supermarkets have experienced unprecedented demand for groceries in recent weeks, both in-store and online, which has led to shortages of some products and disruption to delivery services," "This is essentially due to unnecessary panic buying, and the logistics challenge this presents, rather than an underlying supply problem" External link

watoday Tuesday, March 24, 2020 4:51:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Australia’s supermarkets have experienced unprecedented demand for groceries in recent weeks, both in store and online, which has led to shortages of some products and disruption to delivery services,” “This is essentially due to unnecessary panic buying, and the logistics challenge this presents, rather than an underlying supply problem” External link

theage Tuesday, March 24, 2020 3:05:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Australia’s supermarkets have experienced unprecedented demand for groceries in recent weeks, both in store and online, which has led to shortages of some products and disruption to delivery services,” “This is essentially due to unnecessary panic buying, and the logistics challenge this presents, rather than an underlying supply problem” External link

theage Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:37:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Australia’s supermarkets have experienced unprecedented demand for groceries in recent weeks, both in store and online, which has led to shortages of some products and disruption to delivery services,” “This is essentially due to unnecessary panic buying, and the logistics challenge this presents, rather than an underlying supply problem” External link

brisbanetimes Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Australia’s supermarkets have experienced unprecedented demand for groceries in recent weeks, both in store and online, which has led to shortages of some products and disruption to delivery services,” “This is essentially due to unnecessary panic buying, and the logistics challenge this presents, rather than an underlying supply problem” External link

brisbanetimes Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Australia’s supermarkets have experienced unprecedented demand for groceries in recent weeks, both in store and online, which has led to shortages of some products and disruption to delivery services,” “This is essentially due to unnecessary panic buying, and the logistics challenge this presents, rather than an underlying supply problem” External link

brisbanetimes Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We recognise and appreciate that individual supermarket chains have already taken a number of important steps to mitigate the many issues caused by panic buying," "We believe allowing these businesses to work together to discuss further solutions is appropriate and necessary at this time" External link

yahoo-au Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:11:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Australia’s supermarkets have experienced unprecedented demand for groceries in recent weeks, both in store and online, which has led to shortages of some products and disruption to delivery services,” “This is essentially due to unnecessary panic buying, and the logistics challenge this presents, rather than an underlying supply problem” External link

watoday Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:57:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We recognise and appreciate that individual supermarket chains have already taken a number of important steps to mitigate the many issues caused by panic buying. We believe allowing these businesses to work together to discuss further solutions is appropriate and necessary at this time,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We have worked very swiftly to consider this interim authorisation application, because of the urgency of the situation, and its impact on Australian consumers,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Australia’s supermarkets have experienced unprecedented demand for groceries in recent weeks, both in store and online, which has led to shortages of some products and disruption to delivery services,” “This is essentially due to unnecessary panic buying, and the logistics challenge this presents, rather than an underlying supply problem” External link

theage Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Australia’s supermarkets have experienced unprecedented demand for groceries in recent weeks, both in store and online, which has led to shortages of some products and disruption to delivery services,” “This is essentially due to unnecessary panic buying, and the logistics challenge this presents, rather than an underlying supply problem” External link

theage Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Australia’s supermarkets have experienced unprecedented demand for groceries in recent weeks, both in store and online, which has led to shortages of some products and disruption to delivery services,” “This is essentially due to unnecessary panic buying, and the logistics challenge this presents, rather than an underlying supply problem” External link

theage Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Australia’s supermarkets have experienced unprecedented demand for groceries in recent weeks, both in store and online, which has led to shortages of some products and disruption to delivery services,” “This is essentially due to unnecessary panic buying, and the logistics challenge this presents, rather than an underlying supply problem” External link

smh Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:07:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Their prices are ridiculous. Consumers know the world price [of oil] has come down and the Australian economy needs these prices to come down, so bring them down," "If they don't, we'll start calling them out" External link

smh Friday, March 20, 2020 5:16:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Their prices are ridiculous. Consumers know the world price [of oil] has come down and the Australian economy needs these prices to come down, so bring them down," "If they don't, we'll start calling them out" External link

brisbanetimes Friday, March 20, 2020 1:43:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Their prices are ridiculous. Consumers know the world price [of oil] has come down and the Australian economy needs these prices to come down, so bring them down," "If they don't, we'll start calling them out" External link

theage Friday, March 20, 2020 5:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Their prices are ridiculous. Consumers know the world price [of oil] has come down and the Australian economy needs these prices to come down, so bring them down," "If they don't, we'll start calling them out" External link

smh Thursday, March 19, 2020 11:27:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Their prices are ridiculous. Consumers know the world price [of oil] has come down and the Australian economy needs these prices to come down, so bring them down," "If they don't, we'll start calling them out" External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Their prices are ridiculous. Consumers know the world price [of oil] has come down and the Australian economy needs these prices to come down, so bring them down," "If they don't, we'll start calling them out" External link

theage Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:33:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Their prices are ridiculous. Consumers know the world price [of oil] has come down and the Australian economy needs these prices to come down, so bring them down," "If they don't, we'll start calling them out" External link

smh Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:14:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Consumers in all situations should contact businesses directly to request a refund or other remedy such as a credit note or voucher,” “Failure by any business to honour its cancellations or refunds policy may constitute misleading conduct under the Australian Consumer Law” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 18, 2020 2:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We also remind consumers that many small and medium business are trying to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak as best they can. We urge consumers to exercise patience and treat service staff with courtesy and respect as they fulfil consumer requests for refunds and remedies,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 18, 2020 2:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Australian petrol prices are primarily determined by international crude oil and refined petrol prices. Therefore, a sustained decrease in these prices should lead, everything else being equal, to lower petrol prices at the bowser,” “We will be looking at the market very closely, to determine if further sustained reductions in international prices are being passed onto consumers, and we will be publicly identifying those retailers that are not passing on reductions” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 16, 2020 2:50:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC cannot control the petrol prices companies set but we can call out problematic price setting which can influence company behaviour,” “At this time the Australian economy needs all the assistance it can get, and lower world oil prices are one of the few positives from current world events” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 16, 2020 2:50:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Hopefully, the recent break between Russia and OPEC marks the start of the waning influence of this dreadful cartel on international crude oil prices,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 16, 2020 2:50:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The international price of refined petrol and the tax component, which account for more than 80 per cent of the retail price, remain the largest factors in the price we pay at the pump,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 16, 2020 2:50:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We continue to encourage motorists to compare prices through various apps and websites. However, some of the commercial apps are not as comprehensive and timely as the government-run schemes, and not all include the cheaper retail sites,” “Petrol price apps and comparison schemes help people take advantage of lower prices at retail sites and work out when and where to buy, and we encourage their increased rollout and use” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 16, 2020 2:50:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We will now carefully consider the judgment," External link

qt Sunday, March 15, 2020 2:03:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “These new laws will enable us to take electricity companies to court if we have evidence that they are engaging in prohibited conduct in breach of these new provisions,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 10, 2020 1:49:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Despite this outcome, we will continue to oppose mergers that we believe will substantially lessen competition, because it's our job to protect competition to the benefit of Australian consumers," External link

4-traders Thursday, March 5, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The ACCC remains disappointed by this outcome, which has closed the door on what we consider was a once in a generation chance for increased competition in the highly concentrated mobile telecommunications market,” External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, March 5, 2020 1:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "It's a really tricky problem to solve" External link

abc-au Thursday, February 27, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There is just no easy answer to this," External link

abc-au Thursday, February 27, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "It's extremely concerning that the prices that Australian producers can get when they sell gas internationally is often a lot less than what they can get when they sell it domestically," External link

abc-au Thursday, February 27, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "It's a really tricky problem to solve" External link

radioaustralianews-fr Wednesday, February 26, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There is just no easy answer to this," External link

radioaustralianews-fr Wednesday, February 26, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "It's extremely concerning that the prices that Australian producers can get when they sell gas internationally is often a lot less than what they can get when they sell it domestically," External link

radioaustralianews-fr Wednesday, February 26, 2020 10:53:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Mr Sims ) : "He then revved the engine hard again. Police had to break a window to get a grip on Mr Sims," External link

nottinghampost Tuesday, February 25, 2020 12:10:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The sector has long provoked consumer complaints, not least because consumers engage with the funeral sector at a time when they are grieving, vulnerable and at a disadvantage," External link

dailyadvertiser Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The most difficult part of this recall, dealing with those that have not yet complied, is upon us. We want to ensure the remainder of those vehicles are located and dealt with as required under our compulsory recall notice," External link

dailyadvertiser Tuesday, February 25, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The sector has long provoked consumer complaints, not least because consumers engage with the funeral sector at a time when they are grieving, vulnerable and at a disadvantage," External link

qt Tuesday, February 25, 2020 7:54:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The most difficult part of this recall, dealing with those that have not yet complied, is upon us. We want to ensure the remainder of those vehicles are located and dealt with as required under our compulsory recall notice," External link

qt Tuesday, February 25, 2020 7:54:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The sector has long provoked consumer complaints, not least because consumers engage with the funeral sector at a time when they are grieving, vulnerable and at a disadvantage," External link

maitlandmercury Tuesday, February 25, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The most difficult part of this recall, dealing with those that have not yet complied, is upon us. We want to ensure the remainder of those vehicles are located and dealt with as required under our compulsory recall notice," External link

maitlandmercury Tuesday, February 25, 2020 7:47:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The sector has long provoked consumer complaints, not least because consumers engage with the funeral sector at a time when they are grieving, vulnerable and at a disadvantage," External link

bordermail Tuesday, February 25, 2020 7:12:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The most difficult part of this recall, dealing with those that have not yet complied, is upon us. We want to ensure the remainder of those vehicles are located and dealt with as required under our compulsory recall notice," External link

bordermail Tuesday, February 25, 2020 7:12:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This may illustrate the benefit of being a monopoly," External link

smh Monday, February 24, 2020 10:06:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This may illustrate the benefit of being a monopoly," External link

brisbanetimes Monday, February 24, 2020 7:44:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This may illustrate the benefit of being a monopoly," External link

watoday Monday, February 24, 2020 6:03:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “While Melbourne Airport has reduced its car parking prices, and profits generally have fallen, the airports are still earning very high profit margins from car parking,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, February 24, 2020 2:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We know that consumers are frustrated with the cost of parking at the airport, but there are steps people can take to help secure more favourable rates,” “Last year, motorists who parked at an airport car park away from the terminal paid up to 60 per cent less than those who parked right at the terminal. On top of this, drivers who pre-booked online paid up to 39 per cent less than the drive-up rates available” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, February 24, 2020 2:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “People looking for the best rates should also consider the prices available from independent car parks near the airport,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, February 24, 2020 2:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We have seen some promising results in terms of quality of service this year, with passengers particularly satisfied with their overall airport experience,” “Airlines, on the other hand, have expressed concerns to us about issues such as congestion of runways and taxiways, as well as the adequacy of the baggage facilities at several airports” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, February 24, 2020 2:42:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The ACCC considers that tools specialists, such as Adelaide Tools, are Bunnings’ closest and strongest competitors for the supply of tools and outdoor power equipment, particularly to trade customers," "Adelaide Tools is one of only two tool specialists with a physical presence in Adelaide, and competes strongly on price, innovation, range, and service quality. Our preliminary view is that the proposed acquisition would stifle this competition" External link

smh Friday, February 14, 2020 2:04:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "I don’t regret for a second to oppose this merger, I think we’ve done the right thing," "I respect the court’s decision of course, but we don’t regret the stand we took on behalf of Australian consumers" External link

watoday Friday, February 14, 2020 9:51:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The ACCC considers that tools specialists, such as Adelaide Tools, are Bunnings’ closest and strongest competitors for the supply of tools and outdoor power equipment, particularly to trade customers," "Adelaide Tools is one of only two tool specialists with a physical presence in Adelaide, and competes strongly on price, innovation, range, and service quality. Our preliminary view is that the proposed acquisition would stifle this competition" External link

smh Friday, February 14, 2020 7:53:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The ACCC considers that tools specialists, such as Adelaide Tools, are Bunnings’ closest and strongest competitors for the supply of tools and outdoor power equipment, particularly to trade customers," "Adelaide Tools is one of only two tool specialists with a physical presence in Adelaide, and competes strongly on price, innovation, range, and service quality. Our preliminary view is that the proposed acquisition would stifle this competition" External link

smh Friday, February 14, 2020 6:20:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The ACCC considers that tools specialists, such as Adelaide Tools, are Bunnings’ closest and strongest competitors for the supply of tools and outdoor power equipment, particularly to trade customers," "Adelaide Tools is one of only two tool specialists with a physical presence in Adelaide, and competes strongly on price, innovation, range, and service quality. Our preliminary view is that the proposed acquisition would stifle this competition" External link

smh Friday, February 14, 2020 4:48:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The ACCC considers that tools specialists, such as Adelaide Tools, are Bunnings’ closest and strongest competitors for the supply of tools and outdoor power equipment, particularly to trade customers," "Adelaide Tools is one of only two tool specialists with a physical presence in Adelaide, and competes strongly on price, innovation, range, and service quality. Our preliminary view is that the proposed acquisition would stifle this competition" External link

smh Friday, February 14, 2020 3:15:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The ACCC considers that tools specialists, such as Adelaide Tools, are Bunnings’ closest and strongest competitors for the supply of tools and outdoor power equipment, particularly to trade customers," "Adelaide Tools is one of only two tool specialists with a physical presence in Adelaide, and competes strongly on price, innovation, range, and service quality. Our preliminary view is that the proposed acquisition would stifle this competition" External link

watoday Friday, February 14, 2020 2:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "I’m not at all surprised that there is an impression that they are not thinking about aggressive pricing - I’m fairly certain they’re not," External link

smh Thursday, February 13, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : "I don’t regret for a second to oppose this merger, I think we’ve done the right thing," External link

smh Thursday, February 13, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "These are important issues - you’re determining whether the Australian economy has a very concentrated mobile sector or has the one we were hoping would result. That’s why we are here, that’s why we have to take these cases as we see them," External link

smh Thursday, February 13, 2020 6:15:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : "I don’t regret for a second to oppose this merger, I think we’ve done the right thing," External link

smh Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "These are important issues - you’re determining whether the Australian economy has a very concentrated mobile sector or has the one we were hoping would result. That’s why we are here, that’s why we have to take these cases as we see them," External link

smh Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:43:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This ... data clearly shows that too many consumers with FTTN connections are not receiving the speeds they are paying for," External link

9news Thursday, February 13, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Otherwise, they should be able to move to a cheaper plan with top speeds their connection can actually provide," External link

9news Thursday, February 13, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "I’m not at all surprised that there is an impression that they are not thinking about aggressive pricing - I’m fairly certain they’re not," External link

theage Thursday, February 13, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "I don’t regret for a second to oppose this merger, I think we’ve done the right thing," External link

smh Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "These are important issues - you’re determining whether the Australian economy has a very concentrated mobile sector or has the one we were hoping would result. That’s why we are here, that’s why we have to take these cases as we see them," External link

smh Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Australian consumers have lost a once-in-a-generation opportunity for stronger competition and cheaper mobile telecommunications services with this merger now allowed to proceed," External link

smh Thursday, February 13, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Australian consumers have lost a once-in-a-generation opportunity for stronger competition and cheaper mobile telecommunications services with this merger now allowed to proceed," External link

abc-au Thursday, February 13, 2020 5:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "There is clear evidence that consumers pay more when markets are concentrated," "The ACCC's concern was that with this merger, mobile data prices will be higher than they would be otherwise" External link

abc-au Thursday, February 13, 2020 5:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We will continue to oppose mergers that we believe will substantially lessen competition, because it's our job to protect competition and, in doing so, ensure that Australian consumers enjoy the benefits of competition," External link

abc-au Thursday, February 13, 2020 5:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This … data clearly shows that too many consumers with FTTN connections are not receiving the speeds they are paying for,” External link

aap-au Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:57:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Otherwise, they should be able to move to a cheaper plan with top speeds their connection can actually provide,” External link

aap-au Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:57:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This ... data clearly shows that too many consumers with FTTN connections are not receiving the speeds they are paying for," External link

dailyadvertiser Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:39:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Otherwise, they should be able to move to a cheaper plan with top speeds their connection can actually provide," External link

dailyadvertiser Wednesday, February 12, 2020 5:39:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "This ... data clearly shows that too many consumers with FTTN connections are not receiving the speeds they are paying for," External link

yahoo-au Wednesday, February 12, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Otherwise, they should be able to move to a cheaper plan with top speeds their connection can actually provide," External link

yahoo-au Wednesday, February 12, 2020 4:08:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "With a resumption in economic activity, although limited, we estimate a full-year gas demand reduction of between 6 bcm and 14 bcm in 2020, depending on the length of time required to contain the outbreak," External link

thenational Tuesday, February 11, 2020 3:06:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Consumers who do not want 'bells and whistles' are struggling to find cheap, entry level, fixed broadband and voice products," External link

yahoo-au Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:46:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "The rankings were largely based on which advertiser would pay them [Trivago] the most money," External link

abc-au Tuesday, January 21, 2020 7:34:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We will certainly be seeking the highest penalties we can get to send a message to Trivago, and to send a message to others, not to mislead consumers," External link

abc-au Tuesday, January 21, 2020 7:34:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "They weren't comparing like with like, they were often comparing a luxury room price to a standard room price," "People [mistakenly] thought they were getting discounts when in fact they weren't. It's absolutely outrageous" External link

abc-au Tuesday, January 21, 2020 7:34:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "We want to send a message to Trivago and others not to mislead consumers and not to have consumers paying more than they need to be," External link

illawarramercury Tuesday, January 21, 2020 6:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "A hotel owner saw what was happening and let us know. They knew that the prices weren't the best prices and they put us on to this," External link

illawarramercury Tuesday, January 21, 2020 6:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "We want to send a message to Trivago and others not to mislead consumers and not to have consumers paying more than they need to be," External link

yahoo-au Tuesday, January 21, 2020 5:44:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "A hotel owner saw what was happening and let us know. They knew that the prices weren't the best prices and they put us on to this," External link

yahoo-au Tuesday, January 21, 2020 5:44:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “By prominently displaying a hotel offer in ‘top position’ on its website, Trivago represented that the offer was either the cheapest available offer or had some other extra feature that made it the best offer when this was often not the case,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, January 21, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We brought this case because we consider that Trivago’s conduct was particularly egregious. Many consumers may have been tricked by these price displays into thinking they were getting great discounts. In fact, Trivago wasn’t comparing apples with apples when it came to room type for these room rate comparisons,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, January 21, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “This decision sends a strong message to comparison websites and search engines that if ranking or ordering of results is based or influenced by advertising, they should be upfront and clear with consumers about this so that consumers are not misled,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, January 21, 2020 1:52:00 AM EAT



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Mr Sims said : "It has been incredibly disruptive and the state health certificates are not workable," External link

abc-au Thursday, December 1, 2022 11:02:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The News media bargaining code is a great way to do this. Governments need to support certain types of journalism but working out a way forward with the big digital platforms is absolutely fundamental and the code does that very well,” External link

thehindu Friday, November 25, 2022 6:41:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The crucial step, for India, is getting a law passed. Then it becomes the country’s law and will protect journalism going into the future, just like I hope the News media bargaining code will do in Australia,” External link

thehindu Friday, November 25, 2022 6:41:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims added : “I am so chuffed for everyone involved. All of the staff deserve our congratulations and all of the students and families deserve a good school. Whether you are a member of staff a student, a parent or a supporter in the community we have all worked together to achieve something quite special, thank you” External link

yorkpress Sunday, November 13, 2022 9:29:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "We are just not taxing them enough given the environment we are in," External link

abc-au Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:13:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims told : "We are just not taxing them enough given the environment we are in," External link

abc-au Wednesday, October 5, 2022 11:44:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : "We are just not taxing them enough given the environment we are in," External link

abc-au Wednesday, October 5, 2022 10:52:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We are not going to be a school on our own that is facing these pressures and we'll do everything we can to avoid job losses, but it will be tricky. We may end up looking at higher class sizes. " External link

yorkpress Wednesday, September 7, 2022 10:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "If you wish to give a small donation this will go towards our community cupboard if not the items are free of charge. " External link

yorkpress Wednesday, September 7, 2022 10:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "Our community is the most inclusive of all York schools and we are keen to get the support we provide right," External link

yorkpress Sunday, September 4, 2022 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "If you have any ideas about how we can help or if you are keen to help out please get in touch with me on r.sims@yorkhigh.southbank.academy" External link

yorkpress Sunday, September 4, 2022 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "People are proud and quite rightly so. We have got to realise that and that everybody needs help sometimes," External link

yorkpress Sunday, September 4, 2022 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "If you wish to give a small donation this will go towards our community cupboard if not the items are free of charge. " External link

yorkpress Sunday, September 4, 2022 9:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "With our strategic shift into the U.S. cannabis market and the Etain acquisition, now is an exciting time for RIV Capital – we continue to focus on growth, optimize capital allocation, streamline our portfolio, and build out our platform," "We also have a visionary and highly experienced leadership team to help drive the Company forward. I would like to thank Ms. Daniere and Mr. Vaynerchuk for their valuable contributions and the strong foundation they laid for RIV Capital's long-term success" External link

news-yahoo Tuesday, August 30, 2022 3:34:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims told : "I want to first say, I want to apologize to the state," External link

news-yahoo Friday, April 1, 2022 6:16:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "The pending acquisition of the Etain business is the first step in the execution of the RIV Capital strategy, shifting from an investor in the cannabis value chain to a full-fledged operator of licensed cannabis cultivation and dispensary facilities in the U.S.," "By capitalizing on growth opportunities in New York's emerging market and building upon Etain's foundation in the medical space, we intend to accelerate our strategy and continue to deliver value for shareholders" External link

news-yahoo Wednesday, March 30, 2022 2:47:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It has been an honour to be the Chair of the ACCC for the last eleven years and I wish Gina all the best in her new role. I hope she will find the job as rewarding as I did,” “I would also like to thank the ACCC staff for their hard work and dedication. I’ll miss working with such a committed group of people, but I know they will provide strong support to Gina and continue their excellent work” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 21, 2022 2:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is a key part of Meta’s business to enable advertisers to target users who are most likely to click on the link in an ad to visit the ad’s landing page, using Facebook algorithms. Those visits to landing pages from ads generate substantial revenue for Facebook,” External link

theage Saturday, March 19, 2022 9:21:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : "In one shocking instance, we are aware of a consumer who lost more than A$650,000 (£360,000; $480,000) due to one of these scams being falsely advertised as an investment opportunity on Facebook. This is disgraceful," External link

srilankamirror Friday, March 18, 2022 3:11:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We are aware of a consumer who lost more than A$650,000 ($480,000) due to one of these scams … this is disgraceful,” External link

bworldcom Friday, March 18, 2022 11:00:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "In one shocking instance, we are aware of a consumer who lost more than A$650,000 (£360,000; $480,000) due to one of these scams being falsely advertised as an investment opportunity on Facebook. This is disgraceful," External link

thestarkenya Friday, March 18, 2022 10:36:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "In one shocking instance, we are aware of a consumer who lost more than A$650,000 (£360,000; $480,000) due to one of these scams being falsely advertised as an investment opportunity on Facebook. This is disgraceful," External link

yahoo-au Friday, March 18, 2022 6:04:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is a key part of Meta’s business to enable advertisers to target users who are most likely to click on the link in an ad to visit the ad’s landing page, using Facebook algorithms. Those visits to landing pages from ads generate substantial revenue for Facebook,” External link

theage Friday, March 18, 2022 4:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Apart from resulting in untold losses to consumers, these ads also damage the reputation of the public figures falsely associated with the ads. Meta failed to take sufficient steps to stop fake ads featuring public figures, even after those public figures reported to Meta that their name and image were being featured in celebrity endorsement cryptocurrency scam ads,” External link

theage Friday, March 18, 2022 4:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Meta should have been doing more to detect and then remove false or misleading ads on Facebook, to prevent consumers from falling victim to ruthless scammers,” External link

theage Friday, March 18, 2022 4:24:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We allege that the technology of Meta enabled these ads to be targeted to users most likely to engage with the ads, that Meta assured its users it would detect and prevent spam and promote safety on Facebook, but it failed to prevent the publication of other similar celebrity endorsement cryptocurrency scam ads on its pages or warn users,” “Meta should have been doing more to detect and then remove false or misleading ads on Facebook, to prevent consumers from falling victim to ruthless scammers” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, March 18, 2022 2:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Apart from resulting in untold losses to consumers, these ads also damage the reputation of the public figures falsely associated with the ads. Meta failed to take sufficient steps to stop fake ads featuring public figures, even after those public figures reported to Meta that their name and image were being featured in celebrity endorsement cryptocurrency scam ads,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, March 18, 2022 2:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “In one shocking instance, we are aware of a consumer who lost more than $650,000 due to one of these scams being falsely advertised as an investment opportunity on Facebook. This is disgraceful,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, March 18, 2022 2:58:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims says : "Back My Build’s played a notable role in boosting the supply of quality new home builds into New Zealand’s constrained housing market. In fact, ASB’s economists are now predicting New Zealand’s housing supply/demand imbalance will be largely resolved by mid-2023," External link

voxy Friday, March 18, 2022 2:07:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims says : "Just four weeks on from launch, we’d received 3,000 applications for more than $2 billion in lending. As we close, we’ve received more than 11,000 applications, and more than 4,300 builds are underway. Our lending threshold has been reached ahead of schedule due to this overwhelmingly positive response," External link

voxy Friday, March 18, 2022 2:07:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “When I arrived at the ACCC in 2011 a $1 million penalty against a large company was celebrated,” “I remember the positive reaction to Optus having to pay a penalty of $3.6 million for a breach of the ACL in 2013. Then in 2018, it seemed a milestone that Ford, Apple and Telstra faced penalties in the $9 million to $10 million range. In 2021 we saw Telstra pay a $50 million penalty, Volkswagen pay $125 million and AIPE, a vocational training company, hit with a $153 million penalty” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “High penalties are essential for effective deterrence. The ACCC does not have the resources to tackle most consumer law breaches, so our approach is to take specific cases, and allow high penalties to send a message to all other companies,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Can you imagine a situation where someone was caught stealing and the result of the police inquiries was that they simply had to give the money back? No penalty for the actual stealing to deter others. But we have this in our product safety laws,” “There is no law against selling unsafe good; you are not breaching any act by doing so. You simply have to recall the goods when they are seen to be unsafe” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Digital platforms have business models that seek to exploit all the data they have on you. We need laws to prevent the misuse of this data, either by preventing so called ‘dark patterns’ that get you to act against your best interests, or requiring steps to prevent scams, or allowing appropriate dispute resolution,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “There are some who believe that regulators should only enforce the law as it is and not suggest publicly and need for law change. What a loss to the public debate this suggests,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:43:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Saudi ) : "The OPEC cartel led by Saudi Arabia has been withholding supply and that's forced prices up a fair bit. But the last few weeks, the massive hikes have been due to the dreadful invasion of Ukraine," "This is an international issue, and it is affecting petrol prices all around the world. I think this is completely outside the control of anyone in Australia" External link

dailyadvertiser Tuesday, March 15, 2022 12:35:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said ( about Saudi ) : "The OPEC cartel led by Saudi Arabia has been withholding supply and that's forced prices up a fair bit. But the last few weeks, the massive hikes have been due to the dreadful invasion of Ukraine," "This is an international issue, and it is affecting petrol prices all around the world. I think this is completely outside the control of anyone in Australia" External link

bordermail Monday, March 14, 2022 11:27:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Crude oil prices have been climbing sharply since late-2020 and prices at the bowser here have followed,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 14, 2022 2:07:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “It is tempting to point the finger at petrol retailers when prices are very high, but our data shows that late last year 86 cents of every dollar spent by consumers at the bowser was outside of the retailers’ control,” “We’ll continue to closely monitor the movements in local retail prices to see if they reflect international prices” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 14, 2022 2:07:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “We strongly encourage motorists in all states to use one of the many available apps and websites that provide real-time fuel price information,” “There can be large variation in price between different retailers and different suburbs, and 30 seconds of research before getting in your car can lead to significant savings” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, March 14, 2022 2:07:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Collaboration is vital as we consider whether further regulatory reforms are needed to support competition and protect Australian consumers online,” “Since the ACCC began examining digital platform services in 2017, we have observed harms to competition, consumers, and business users in a range of areas dominated by large digital platforms” External link

news_com_au Friday, March 11, 2022 5:17:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Speedway tracks in Victoria will now have greater choice of which classes and divisions of sprintcar they can host,” “This enforceable undertaking given by Speedway Australia should enable speedway spectators to watch some forms of sprintcar racing at their local track they weren’t previously able to watch, and to benefit from the variety and innovation in racing offered by competing sprint car organisers” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, March 11, 2022 2:54:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We have a very advanced investigation into whether a large digital platform should have taken down scams when they knew they were scams," External link

abc-au Thursday, March 10, 2022 6:19:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We have a very advanced investigation into whether a large digital platform should have taken down scams when they knew they were scams," External link

abc-au Thursday, March 10, 2022 3:01:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : "We have a very advanced investigation into whether a large digital platform should have taken down scams when they knew they were scams," External link

abc-au Wednesday, March 9, 2022 8:59:00 PM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The arrangements whereby airlines can retain historic precedence to slots must not be used to protect incumbent airlines from competition,” External link

watoday Tuesday, March 8, 2022 8:52:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “The arrangements whereby airlines can retain historic precedence to slots must not be used to protect incumbent airlines from competition,” External link

smh Tuesday, March 8, 2022 4:03:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “Consumers are unable to determine whether the claim made is true or not, so it is our role to make sure they are true,” “Many businesses also incur the costs of genuine, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, but they’ll face unfair competition if they’re competing against people who make the claims when they’re not true” External link

news_com_au Thursday, March 3, 2022 11:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : ”I have to mention the recent agreement between TPG and Telstra to share their regional mobile infrastructure. We are going to have to examine that extremely closely,” External link

news_com_au Thursday, March 3, 2022 11:23:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “There is momentum building internationally, with authorities and lawmakers around the world taking action to address the competition and consider harms arising on digital platforms,” External link

news_com_au Monday, February 28, 2022 4:06:00 AM EAT

Mr Sims said : “While our key objective is to ensure any reform is appropriate for Australia,