It is the purpose of this article to discuss the Trade Practices Commission's ’study’ powers, and their limitations, in the specific context of the newspaper distribution industry and the real estate industry and not in the more general context of the Commission’s mooted study into ’the professions’ or in the context of even more abstract matters.

The issue to be examined is whether the Commission’s ’studies’ into practices in the newsagents and the real estate industry involves 'research in relation to matters affecting consumers’.