Examples of past work

Only some of the advice and analysis provided to clients by Acacia CRE is publicly available. The remainder is either commercially sensitive and confidential or is incorporated into client submissions and publications and cannot be separately identified.

The following list provides links to publicly released examples of past work by Darryn Abraham and Acacia CRE.


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Energy

Preparation of a report on The Effectiveness of the Trade Practices Act to Guide Mergers in the Australian Electricity Market (Link to the ERIG website, PDF file 343 KB) for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Reform Implementation Group (ERIG). The report also discusses the merits of other measures to address the potential anti-competitive consequences of both horizontal and vertical electricity industry mergers.


Retailing

Preparation of a report on the structure and regulation of the Australian retailing industry in support of the September 2003 Coles Myer Limited submission (Link to Australian Parliament website, PDF file 330 KB) to the Senate Inquiry into the effectiveness of the Trade Practices Act in protecting small business.


Expert evidence

Expert evidence prepared at the request of the Australian Association of Pathology Practices in the appeal to the Australian Competition Tribunal of the determinations by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on restrictions by NSW Health of access to private pathology services by private patients in public hospitals. Australian Association of Pathology Practices Incorporated [2004] ACompT 4 (8 April 2004) (Link to decision on AustLII website)

Expert evidence prepared at the request of the EFTPOS Industry Applicants’ Group in the appeal to the Australian Competition Tribunal of the ACCC’s determinations on proposed agreements on EFTPOS interchange fees. Re EFTPOS Interchange Fees Agreement [2004] ACompT 7 (25 May 2004) (Link to decision on AustLII website)


Payments systems

Preparation of the economic content of the EFTPOS Industry Applicants’ Group (comprising major Australian banks and other financial institutions) application for authorisation of an agreement to collectively set debit card network interchange fees: EFTPOS Interchange Fee Reform Authorisation - A30224 and A30225 (Link to ACCC website)

Reports prepared for American Express International, Inc to support their consultations with the Reserve Bank of Australia in 2001 on the formulation of proposed regulations governing credit card schemes:

The Appropriate Scope of Credit Card Scheme Regulation (Link to RBA credit card reform website, PDF file 252 KB); and

Notes on Further Matters Related to Australian Credit Card Regulation (Link to RBA credit card reform website, PDF file 82 KB)


Cost-benefit analysis

A critical review prepared in May 2002 for the Beverage Industry Environment Council of a report recommending the introduction of a container deposit scheme for NSW. Critical Assessment of Independent Review of Container Deposit Legislation in New South Wales (PDF file 154 KB)


Telecommunications

Preparation of a report on Australian telecommunications investment for AAPT Telecommunications to support their submissions to the Productivity Commission Review of Telecommunications Specific Competition Regulation. Attachment to AAPT Limited Submission #41 (Link to Productivity Commission website, PDF file 702 KB)


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