Greens warn Labor over competition law

August 10, 2017

Labor has had a win in the Senate with legislation to remove barriers for small businesses taking court action against anti-competitive behaviour from big business.

The private bill would allow Federal Court judges to waive small business liability to pay the huge legal fees of big business if it challenges anti-competitive behaviour in court.

The bill cleared the upper house on Thursday with support from the Greens and crossbench but will need to be passed by the lower house in order to become law, which is unlikely given the government holds the majority in that chamber.

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