Antitrust Antitrust

Australian broadcasters target Google, Meta with support for tougher competition penalties

By Laurel Henning
  • 18 Oct 2022 02:41
  • 18 Oct 2022 02:41
Australian public broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service, or SBS, and commercial free-to-air TV stations have backed draft legislation that could see companies and individuals committing antitrust and consumer law breaches risk harsher maximum penalties.

In submissions to the Australian Treasury, the broadcasters backed proposed maximum penalties for companies of A$50 million ($31.3 million today)

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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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