The Competition Policy Review – The Centre for Independent Studies

The Competition Policy Review

According to the Competition Policy Review panel, reinvigorating Australia’s competition policy is essential to help meet the economic challenges and opportunities we face now and into the future.

The panel was tasked with examining whether Australia’s competition policies, laws and institutions remain ‘fit for purpose’, especially in light of the changing circumstances of the Australian economy that are expected to unfold over the next decade or so. Their draft report, released in September 2014, identified three major forces affecting the Australian economy: emerging economies; our ageing population; and new technologies.

Join us as Professor Ian Harper (partner at Deloitte Access Economics and Chairman Competition Review Panel) discusses his time on the panel, what his recommendations are and how the panel dealt with the 1000+ submissions received.

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Ian Harper is one of Australia’s best known economists. He has worked closely with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms at the highest level.

He recently chaired the Abbott Government’s Competition Policy Review, a “root and branch” review of Australia’s competition policy, laws and regulators, and is often asked to comment on economic and financial issues in the media.

In March 2011 Ian joined Deloitte Access Economics as a Partner, following a 25-year academic career including 16 years in various roles at the Melbourne Business School. Ian was elected Emeritus Professor of the University of Melbourne on his departure.

From December 2005 to July 2009, Ian Harper served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, an independent statutory body whose role was to set and adjust minimum wages in Australia. From January 2011 to February 2012, he was one of three panellists chosen to review Victoria’s state finances.

Ian is currently a member of the Australian Advisory Board of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2000 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2009.

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