Frank Zumbo

Frank Zumbo

Frank Zumbo is an Associate Professor within the School of Business Law and Taxation at the University of New South Wales. Frank has been a tireless consumer advocate and is one of Australia’s leading commentators on competition, consumer and franchising law.

During the past 20 years Frank has been at the forefront of business law reform. This has included drafting the “Birdsville Amendment” to effectively outlaw predatory pricing, as well as drafting the proposed “Blacktown Amendment” requiring that companies charge the same low price for the same product in all their retail outlets in the same area. 

His research and professional activities are focused on competition and consumer law; franchising and Business Ethics. He has been closely involved in promoting effective laws against unethical corporate behaviour and in ensuring that Australia has the best possible competition and consumer laws.

Frank has served in an expert capacity on Federal and State Government Advisory Committees and is a longstanding adviser to Governments, Members of Parliament, and industry associations on business law and policy issues

Articles by Frank Zumbo

There’s more to the cost-of-living race than flinging $$$

There’s more to the cost-of-living race than flinging $$$

06 Mar 13 With the cost of living continuing to spiral out of control you have to ask who has the guts at…... Read more

A victory formula for Election 2013: Stop the cost

A victory formula for Election 2013: Stop the cost

20 Feb 13 So what are going to be the battleground issues in Election 2013? Leaving aside that the punters may not like…... Read more

Julia gives Libs head start in baby smooching marathon

Julia gives Libs head start in baby smooching marathon

06 Feb 13 Is there anything more to be said about Julia Gillard’s September 14 election announcement? Of course there is. As the…... Read more

Severe turbulence ahead on the radar for Qantas

Severe turbulence ahead on the radar for Qantas

23 Jan 13 Poor old Qantas. A once great airline is about to get into bed with Emirates, a strong and powerful competitor…... Read more

Consumer dreams reduced to oversized concrete boxes

Consumer dreams reduced to oversized concrete boxes

09 Jan 13 We have always been told that consumers should be allowed to decide where they should shop so why don’t we…... Read more

Those gasbag retailers have tanked your wallets this year

Those gasbag retailers have tanked your wallets this year

19 Dec 12 As the year comes to an end it’s timely to reflect on how you might have been ripped off during…... Read more

A super solution to fix congestion on our roads

A super solution to fix congestion on our roads

05 Dec 12 Are you sick of being stuck in Sydney traffic for hours? Are you annoyed about the near constant traffic chaos…... Read more

WANTED: A sharp set of pearly whites for this agency

WANTED: A sharp set of pearly whites for this agency

21 Nov 12 With small businesses across Australia increasingly under threat from the games that can be played by shopping centre landlords, franchisors…... Read more

Due to monopoly a second airport will not pass go

Due to monopoly a second airport will not pass go

07 Nov 12 There’s something dreadfully wrong somewhere along the line when Sydney can get a second casino, but not a second airport.…... Read more

Why not an app for real time petrol prices?

Why not an app for real time petrol prices?

24 Oct 12 Are you sick and tired of the big jumps in petrol prices when one petrol retailer pushes up prices and…... Read more

Who’s afraid of the monster NBN monopoly?

Who’s afraid of the monster NBN monopoly?

10 Oct 12 Are monopolies bad? Of course they are! Monopolies are not interested in competition and represent the ultimate market failure. We…... Read more

Franchisors and franchisees shouldn’t  fool themselves

Franchisors and franchisees shouldn’t fool themselves

26 Sep 12 As the bricks and mortar retail sector continues to struggle with poor sales and falling profits, there’s growing concern about…... Read more

The people should decide if foreigners can have our farms

The people should decide if foreigners can have our farms

12 Sep 12 Is foreign investment bad? No doubt your view will depend on whether you believe countries have a sovereign right to…... Read more

Small business doesn’t want a talking head

Small business doesn’t want a talking head

29 Aug 12 You have to wonder what’s going on when governments turn on the charm towards small business. There’s been a little…... Read more

Bowen arrow shoots, but misses the bullseye

Bowen arrow shoots, but misses the bullseye

15 Aug 12 Poor old Chris Bowen, better known lately as the embattled Federal Immigration Minster. What did Bowen do to deserve what…... Read more

Shopping centres must change before it’s too late

Shopping centres must change before it’s too late

02 Aug 12 Have you ever thought about what consumers want from their shopping experience? Well, identifying what consumers are looking for every…... Read more

Won’t someone think of the poor, greedy shopping malls

Won’t someone think of the poor, greedy shopping malls

18 Jul 12 Have you ever stopped to think how online competition is so much more efficient than old bricks and mortar competition?…... Read more

City folk are living off their country cousins’ backs

City folk are living off their country cousins’ backs

04 Jul 12 Do you live in regional Australia or do you know someone who does? If you do, then you will know…... Read more

A little less conversation, a little more action please

A little less conversation, a little more action please

20 Jun 12 Have you noticed a little more rhetoric lately from the Federal Government on small business matters? Well, that’s not surprising…... Read more

Councils have to put the ‘strip’ back into shopping

Councils have to put the ‘strip’ back into shopping

23 May 12 Have you ever been to Balmain in the inner city of Sydney? Or have you been down a suburban shopping…... Read more

Petrol price wars rage on, with no end in sight

Petrol price wars rage on, with no end in sight

09 May 12 So the ACCC announced last week an inquiry into the sharing of petrol pricing information by the oil companies, and…... Read more

Cost of Australian justice spirals out of control

Cost of Australian justice spirals out of control

25 Apr 12 Have you ever been to a lawyer? Have you ever been a party to a Court case? If you have…... Read more

In Sydney pollies must go west to win the rest

In Sydney pollies must go west to win the rest

11 Apr 12 There’s no doubt that tackling the escalating cost of living is central to keeping the all-important voters of Western Sydney…... Read more

The price of black gold is white hot in the red heart

The price of black gold is white hot in the red heart

28 Mar 12 Have you ever been to Alice Springs? Well, if you have you will know that the Alice is the heart…... Read more

A lazy government body that needs to get moving

A lazy government body that needs to get moving

14 Mar 12 Have you ever dealt with the ACCC? Have you ever had an issue that you thought the ACCC should be…... Read more

Small business needs a heavyweight in Cabinet, Julia

Small business needs a heavyweight in Cabinet, Julia

29 Feb 12 With the ALP’s leadership tussle over for now, it’s time for the Federal Government to get back to the much…... Read more

Spank the banks, Wayne!

Spank the banks, Wayne!

15 Feb 12 Poor old Wayne Swan! He may be the world’s best treasurer but he can’t get the big banks to be…... Read more

Save up your pocket money if you wanna park in CBD

Save up your pocket money if you wanna park in CBD

01 Feb 12 Did you feel ripped off this holiday season when you parked your car in the city, at a shopping centre…... Read more

Time for an inquiry into this bunch of bankers

Time for an inquiry into this bunch of bankers

18 Jan 12 Poor old bankers. They keep telling us how tough it is for them with their funding costs expected to go…... Read more

A tip off on stopping the Big Petrol rip off

A tip off on stopping the Big Petrol rip off

04 Jan 12 Here we go again. Another festive season and yet another petrol rip off! A ridiculously unaffordable scenario Now for some…... Read more

Zumbo’s wrap: What 2011 meant for small business

Zumbo’s wrap: What 2011 meant for small business

21 Dec 11 As 2011 fast comes to an end it’s timely to reflect on the significant policy reforms that gave small businesses…... Read more

Regional Australia is being shafted at the bowser

Regional Australia is being shafted at the bowser

07 Dec 11 Have you ever driven around regional Australia and found large discrepancies in the petrol prices at different regional centres? Do…... Read more

Law: the ultimate monopoly

Law: the ultimate monopoly

23 Nov 11 Have you ever taken a case to court? Are you a small business person who has taken a franchisor or…... Read more

Here’s how Qantas can win back customers

Here’s how Qantas can win back customers

09 Nov 11 How would you feel if you were the Qantas CEO and people were telling you loudly that they loved Virgin…... Read more

WANTED: A tough cop on the small business beat

WANTED: A tough cop on the small business beat

26 Oct 11 Finally, we have a government willing to stand up for small business in the face of hysterical opposition from the…... Read more

When a politician spins, nobody wins

When a politician spins, nobody wins

12 Oct 11 Are you getting better at distinguishing between political spin and substance? You probably are given the growing number of Federal…... Read more

Small businesses aren’t muppets. They’re a BIG deal.

Small businesses aren’t muppets. They’re a BIG deal.

28 Sep 11 We always hear about how important small business is to the economy, but we don’t often hear about governments standing…... Read more

The high salaries and low morals of corporate Australia

The high salaries and low morals of corporate Australia

14 Sep 11 Is it right that foreign employees of an Australian company get paid Third World wages while foreign managers of the…... Read more

The itch to switch is still not easily scratched

The itch to switch is still not easily scratched

31 Aug 11 Here we go again - another bank switching package from Wayne Swan. Has Swan got it right this time? Well,…... Read more

Washed-up suits should go on gardening leave

Washed-up suits should go on gardening leave

17 Aug 11 Should the ACCC’s chairman or its commissioners be able to leave their government position on Friday and start work a…... Read more

ACCC boss departs not with a bang but a whimper

ACCC boss departs not with a bang but a whimper

03 Aug 11 Well, the time has come for Graeme Samuel to finish up as ACCC Chairman. His departure will no doubt provoke…... Read more

We need CarbonWatch to stop price gouging

We need CarbonWatch to stop price gouging

20 Jul 11 With the debate raging about the carbon tax and whether the initial carbon price of $23 will lead to any…... Read more

Carbonomics is nice in theory but does it add up?

Carbonomics is nice in theory but does it add up?

12 Jul 11 With the debate on the carbon tax getting very emotive it’s essential to understand the economics of the tax and…... Read more

It’s not Singapore slinging us at the petrol pump

It’s not Singapore slinging us at the petrol pump

06 Jul 11 Are you sick of being ripped off at the petrol pump? Are you annoyed that despite ample oil supplies on…... Read more

Time to get serious about escalating living costs

Time to get serious about escalating living costs

22 Jun 11 Are you fed up with paying more and getting less for a whole range of goods or services? Are you…... Read more

Sack the petrol commissioner - we’re paying too much

Sack the petrol commissioner - we’re paying too much

08 Jun 11 Are you fed up with costly political gimmicks by the Federal Government? Well, you should be as those gimmicks are…... Read more

Why you’re getting ripped off in Aussie stores

Why you’re getting ripped off in Aussie stores

25 May 11 As the Aussie dollar has surged in recent months it’s clear that those buying online from overseas websites are enjoying…... Read more

New ACCC chief will need to tackle the top end of town

New ACCC chief will need to tackle the top end of town

11 May 11 Graeme Samuel is set to go at the end of his second term as Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman.…... Read more

Woolworths the fresh booze people

Woolworths the fresh booze people

27 Apr 11 So the ACCC has allowed another acquisition that over time will be detrimental to competition and consumers. If you were…... Read more

Lower prices mean a cosy club with fewer players

Lower prices mean a cosy club with fewer players

13 Apr 11 Well, well, some politicians never cease to amaze us. Just when you thought all was lost with competition law and…... Read more

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