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WESFARMERS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2017

During the year we liaised with Federal and State Governments in relation to a range of issues that affect our businesses. The time and resources required to contribute to all State and Federal Government inquiries we are asked to participate in is significant and it would be difficult to respond to all. A summary of key policy issues on which Wesfarmers liaised with Government this year is provided below.

Nature of the InquiryOur response
Competition and consumer
ACCC Inquiry into the dairy industry Coles testified
Senate Economic References Committee inquiry into the dairy industry Coles testified
ACCC Study of the cattle and beef market Coles responded to notice
Petrol market studies Coles responded to notices
Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill Coles provided input into submission
Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman inquiry into Payment Times and Practices Inquiry Coles made a submission
ACCC inquiry into SEDEX third line forcing enquiry Officeworks responded
ACCC inquiry into Platinum Equity - proposed acquisition of OfficeMax Australia Officeworks responded
ACCC inquiry into PMP Limited - proposed merger with IPMG Group Officeworks responded
ACCC’s review of the proposed merger between PMP and IPMG Bunnings responded
ACCC’s prosecution of Palram and others for anticompetitive conduct Bunnings responded
Employment
Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia Wesfarmers lodged a submission and testified in June 2017
Healthy, Safety, Environment, Waste
Federal Government review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 Officeworks provided input
Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into non-conforming building products:  Re-opening submissions and additional terms of reference relating to asbestos. Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety made a submission
WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Advisory Panel inquiry into Safety legislation reform in Western Australia Wesfarmers Chemicals Energy and Fertilisers is involved with the Ministerial Advisory Panel
Federal Department of Infrastructure and Industry Development Competent Authority Panel on Dangerous Goods labelling in Australia Wesfarmers Chemicals Energy and Fertilisers made a submission
Energy Safety WA Occupational Safety and Health and Electricity Licensing Amendment (Live Work) Regulations 2017 Wesfarmers Chemicals Energy and Fertilisers made a submission
Clean Energy Regulator National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 The Regulator visited Australian Gold Reagents on 24 June 2017 as part of a broad industry consultation program
Parliamentary Inquiry into the re-identification of CWP in Queensland Wesfarmers Resources made a submission
VicForest reviews into forest management and certification Officeworks is participating in ongoing discussions
Meeting of Environment Ministers regarding battery stewardship Officeworks is participating in ongoing discussions
ACT Government inquiry into Expanded Polystyrene Officeworks made a submission
Labelling
Senate Economics Legislation Committee Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Bill 2016 Coles is working towards implementation on 1 July 2018
Liquor
Review of SA liquor laws Coles made a submission
Privacy, data and cybersecurity
Productivity Commission inquiry into Data Availability and Use Wesfarmers provided input into BCA submission
Transport
Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee Aspects of road safety in Australia Coles made a submission
Tax
Federal Treasury “Review of the Register of Approved Occupational Clothing and related tax deductions” Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety made a submission
Natural Gas, Electricity and LPG
Australian Energy Market Operator Procedure Change Committee Kleenheat representatives are committee members
WA Government Electricity Market Review Market Competition Working Group Kleenheat representatives are members of the working group
WA Government Electricity Market Review Retail Market Operation and Metering Working Group Kleenheat representatives are members of the working group
Economic Regulation Authority Electricity Code Consultative Committee Kleenheat representatives are committee members
Economic Regulation Authority Effectiveness of Synergy Regulatory Scheme Report Kleenheat made a submission
Australian Competition Tribunal Review of the ERA’s decision on DBP’s proposed Access Arrangement Wesfarmers Chemical Energy and Fertilisers made a submission
National Measurement Institute LPG Density Measurement Review Kleenheat made a submission
Queensland Government - Department of Education and Training Property discussions regarding Officeworks Windsor lease extension Officeworks responded
Trade
Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade iinquiry into Australia's Trade & Investment Relationship with the United Kingdom Bunnings lodged a submission