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Julie Clarke

University of Melbourne

Julie Clarke is an Associate Professor in Competition Law at the Melbourne Law School and an Australian lawyer. She was previously an Associate Professor at the Deakin Law School, including serving as Interim Head of School in 2012 and as the inaugural Director of the Deakin JD Program. Before joining Deakin University in 2001, she completed articles of Clerkship at the law firm Minter Ellison (Melbourne) and was a research assistant at the Victorian Court of Appeal. Julie is a graduate of Deakin University (LLB and BA), King's College London (PG Dip and MA in Economics for Competition Law) and QUT (PhD). Her LLB Honours thesis focused on resale price maintenance, her MA on abuse of dominance (in particular in the form of rebates) in Europe and her PhD on international merger regulation. She has taught primarily in the areas of competition and contract law. In 2008, she received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and in 2009 received a national Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning. Dr Clarke has written numerous articles on competition law and is a co-author (with P Clarke and S Corones) of Competition Law and Policy, Oxford University Press, 3rd edn, 2011 and (with P Clarke) Contract Law – Commentaries, Cases and Perspectives Oxford University Press, 2nd edn, 2012. In 2014 she published a monograph on international merger policy (International Merger Policy: Applying Domestic Law to International markets, Edward Elgar, 2014). She also created and maintains the Australian Competition Law website:

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The Tabcorp/Tatts case should end the clash between the ACCC and the Competition Tribunal

A long-running tension between the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian Competition Tribunal is coming to a head. The ACCC disagrees with the Tribunal's decision on the merger of two of Australia's biggest gaming companies, Tabcorp Holdings and Tatts Group, and has taken the matter to the Federal Court. The ACCC and the Tribunal disagree on how to value the "public benefit" of a merger,...

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Jetstar and Virgin caught out for overlooking mobile commerce

This week's successful prosecution of airlines Jetstar and Virgin Australia by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission comes after the regulator warned it would crack down on drip pricing. The Federal Court found both airlines had contravened sections 18 and 29 of Australian...

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Why it's time to scrap price signalling laws

Among the 52 recommendations contained in the draft report on Competition Policy from economist Ian Harper, is a suggestion price signalling laws established in 2011 be repealed. These laws currently make it unlawful for banks to disclose price-related information in a broad range of circumstances. Price signalling laws in Australia have an almost comical, and highly political, history. Their genesis was the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s defeat in a...

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The ACCC wants to take the drip out of pricing

ACCC Chairman Rod Sims has put drip pricing in online markets on the regulator's hit list for the year ahead, warning there would "shortly be enforcement in this area". It's a welcome and overdue move. Drip pricing is the practice of disclosing only incrementally the various fees and charges consumers must pay for goods or services, rather than making them clear at the outset of a transaction. Although not limited to online markets, it's online where the...

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When the price isn't right: ACCC sets sights on price gougers in wake of carbon tax

In the lead-up to the introduction of the carbon tax on July 1, there has been considerable focus on the potential for price gouging – inflating prices beyond the cost increases reasonably attributable to the tax. In recent days, this has been fuelled by a letter sent to small business from the opposition, urging them to place flyers in their shops apologising for any carbon-tax related price increases. ## What business can and cannot claim following the introduction of the carbon tax Businesses are generally free to...

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