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Secondary Boycotts could be illegal under Competition and Consumer Act, 2010

Conservation groups seeking boycotts of products linked to alleged poor environmental practices may soon be liable for prosecution under consumer law. The move, which could severely hamper market-based campaigns by groups such as Markets for Change and GetUp!, is to be pursued by the Abbott government.

Parliamentary secretary for agriculture Richard Colbeck told The Australian the move would prevent green groups from holding companies to “ransom” in their markets. In other words, they don't want non-monetary and intrinsic values to get in the way of business profits!

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