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Commerce (Criminalisation of Cartels) Amendment Bill

The Bill would make those guilty of intentional cartel conduct liable for up to seven years in prison and/or a $500,000 fine. Introduced on Feb 15 and read a first time on Feb 20 and referred to the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee. Opposed by National. Reported back on August 17 with no changes. National still opposed. Second reading interrupted on Sept 27 and completed on Oct 25 with National and ACT opposed. Committee stage completed on March 13 with Government making amendments to allow cases to be heard in a District Court or the High Court. Third reading completed on April 4 with National continuing to oppose the Bill.  Commerce (Criminalisation of Cartels) Amendment Bill