On 27 November 2019, the Interactive Gambling Amendment (National Self-exclusion Register) Bill 2019 (Cth) (“the Interactive Gambling Bill”) and the National Self-exclusion Register (Cost Recovery Levy) Bill 2019 (Cth) (“the Cost Recovery Levy Bill”) were introduced into the Commonwealth House of Representatives by the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts Paul Fletcher.
On 18 September 2019, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2019 (Cth) (“the Bill”) was introduced to the House of Representatives by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. The Bill passed both houses of parliament on 25 November 2019 and is currently awaiting assent.
In ACCC v TPG Internet Pty Ltd  FCA 1677 (11 October 2019), the Federal Court of Australia (“Federal Court”) has dismissed a case brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) against TPG Internet Pty Ltd (“TPG”).
On 2 October 2019, the Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports Act 2019 (Cth) (‘the Act’) received assent as Act 81 of 2019. The entirety of the Act commenced on 3 October. However, since 18 March 2019 and throughout the parliamentary process, due to the pending completion of this legislation to secure statutory appointment, Mr Ross Carter has acted as Interim Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports. Mr Carter was engaged to fill the role for a 12 month period and it is expected the role will be appointed by the Minister at some point prior to the expiry of that period.
In the case of CDPP v Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd  FCA 1170 (2 August 2019), the Federal Court of Australia has found Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd (“K-Line”) guilty of cartel conduct, and has imposed a fine of $34.5 million. It is understood the fine is the largest ever criminal fine imposed under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).
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