ACCC appeals court’s Acacia Ridge decision

The competition watchdog has appealed against the Federal Court’s decision to allow rail operator Pacific National’s acquisition of Aurizon’s Acacia Ridge Terminal.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is appealing against last month’s dismissal of ACCC’s attempt to block the deal on the grounds it would substantially lessen competition in regional rail haulage.

Pacific National offered a last-minute court-enforceable undertaking that would prevent it from discriminating in providing access to other rail operators, but the ACCC believes that is not enough to protect potential entrants from unfavourable treatment once they have access.


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