Australia's competition landscape - making markets work

Australia's competition landscape - making markets work

NSW
Feb 21

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Speakers

Rod Sims, Chairman, ACCC
Professor Glenn Withers AO, Professor of Economics, Crawford School, Australian National University

 

 Public event
 21/02/2013
 Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney, NSW

 Government/Regulation
 Lunch (12.00pm to 2.00pm)

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Event overview

Policy choices will determine Australia's competition landscape and CEDA welcomes the Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Rod Sims, to share his views on the current opportunities and challenges in competition and consumer issues affecting the Australian economy.

Mr Sims will share recent ACCC outcomes, the ACCC's priority areas for 2013 and emerging issues on the regulator's agenda.

Rod will be joined by highly respected business and government adviser, and economics and public policy research author, Professor Glenn Withers AO.

Professor Withers will deliver a 'historical view' of the rise and fall of competition during past mining booms and will proffer fundamental policy instruments to be considered in the near and long term future.

Join CEDA for a thought provoking discussion evaluating Australia's competitive position.

Meet the speakers

Rod Sims
Chairman, ACCC

Rod Sims was appointed Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in August 2011 for a five year term.

Rod has extensive business and public sector experience. Immediately prior to his appointment to the ACCC, he was the Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales, Commissioner on the National Competition Council, Chairman of InfraCo Asia, Director of Ingeus Limited, and member of the Research and Policy Council of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Rod was also a Director of Port Jackson's Partners Limited where he advised the CEOs and Boards of some of Australia's top 50 companies on commercial corporate strategy over many years. Rod relinquished all of these roles on becoming Chairman of the ACCC.

Rod is also a past Chairman of the NSW Rail Infrastructure Corporation and the State Rail Authority and has been a director of a number of private sector companies. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rod worked as the Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for economic, infrastructure and social policy and the Cabinet Office. He also worked as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Transport and Communications.

Professor Glenn Withers AO
Professor of Economics, Crawford School, Australian National University
CEDA Board member and Chair of CEDA's Council on Economic Policy

Glenn was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Universities Australia, prior to rejoining ANU in 2012. Previously at ANU, Glenn had helped to establish the Crawford School and also the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. He has published numerous books and articles in economics and public policy.

Professor Withers has also held major positions in government including as Head of the Economic Planning and Advisory Commission reporting to the Prime Minister, and as co-Chair of the National Population Council. He has chaired national public inquiries into population, infrastructure finance and immigration and was Chair of the Migrant Skills and Qualifications Board.

Professor Withers has also been adviser to major Australian businesses and business groups, ranging from Kerry Stokes to the Business Council of Australia, to international bodies such as the OECD and World Bank and to overseas governments, ranging from the US to Bhutan. He is a Harvard graduate, has taught on the Faculties of Harvard and Cambridge, and was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for development of the Australian immigration points system.

Glenn is also Chair of Blended Learning International Advisory Board and a Managing Director of Applied Economics Pty Ltd, whose practice includes competition policy. He is a CEDA Board member and Chair of CEDA's Council on Economic policy.

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