Australian law couldn’t block Google’s YouTube and DoubleClick purchases: ACCC chair

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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chair Rod Sims has called on Australia to “rise up” and work out the level of economic concentration it is willing to live with.

Speaking before the House of Representatives Economics Standing Committee on Friday, Sims said competition regulators around the world have faced criticism for allowing Google to consolidate its market position with the past purchases of Android, DoubleClick, and YouTube.

“There’s been a lot of criticism of regulators around the world for allowing those acquisitions, but at the time they occurred, certainly our law, I believe, wouldn’t have allowed us to stop them,” he said.

“I guess what we’re trying to get do with the debate is ‘Can we just rise up a bit and just think about what regime we want, where we really want to set the dial to make sure that we don’t end up with such a concentrated

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