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Comment: 'It quacks, it waddles' — Australia’s new antitrust chief outlines a return to enforcement basics

By Laurel Henning
  • 01 Feb 2023 20:31
  • 01 Feb 2023 02:27

Last year marked a turning point for Australia’s criminal-cartel legislation, with courts hitting convicted cartelists with previously unseen fines and tough sentences. Yet the offenses’ 2022 coming-of-age moment was notable mainly because, over the previous year, the laws had appeared stuck in an awkward, prolonged adolescence.
In mid-2021, the first

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Laurel Henning

Senior Correspondent

Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and climate policies from Brussels. In that time, Laurel covered the regulation of emissions and technological developments pertaining to the energy sector within the EU, as well as the Paris agreement in 2015. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, Laurel studied English and French before beginning a career in journalism with MLex.

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