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Expert panel on franchising and unconscionable conduct appointed

The Government has appointed an expert panel on franchising and unconscionable conduct.  Dr Craig Emerson MP today announced the establishment of the expert panel.  The expert panel comprises Professor Bryan Horrigan, Mr David Lieberman and Mr Ray Steinwall.

‘The panel will provide advice to the Government on some outstanding issues raised in recent parliamentary inquiries into the Franchising Code of Conduct and the provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (TPA) that prohibit unconscionable conduct’ and follows the release of the Government response to those inquiries on 5 November 2009.  The full terms of reference are available online and include ‘considering the merits and the feasibility of introducing into the Franchising Code a list of examples of behaviours that are inappropriate in franchising relationships’.

An Issues Paper, prepared by Treasury, was also released by Dr Emerson, and interested parties are invited to make submissions by 18 December.  The Panel will report in January 2010.

Unconscionable conduct and franchising has now been the subject of multiple inquiries … lets hope this one proves more useful and conclusive than those that have gone before …

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