On 7 May 2012, the Hon. Michael O’Brien MP and the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP wrote to Consumer Action inviting it to comment on the proposal to exempt restaurants and cafes from national single pricing requirements. We welcome the opportunity to comment on this proposal.
We do not support the proposal because:
- The single pricing law appears to create clear benefits for consumers and competition;
- The single pricing regulation does not appear to impose any burden on businesses; and
- Neither the Australian Hotels Association, nor the Productivity Commission, nor the Australian Government has attempted to assess the costs that the regulation creates for business. Nor have they assessed the benefits of retaining the regulation.
To read our full submission, please click: Single pricing legislation – proposal to exempt restaurants and cafes.