Competition policy reform: Bruce Billson MP

Competition policy reform: Bruce Billson MP

Jul 1
Minister Bruce Billson will outline his response and provide insights into the Harper Competition Policy Review after several weeks of consultation with industry and stakeholders. What changes will be made to Australia’s competition law, policy and institutions? How will the reform agenda be implemented?


The Hon. Bruce Billson MP, Federal Minister for Small Business
Professor Allan Fels AO, Adjunct-Visiting Professor, Melbourne, Monash and Oxford Universities Former Chair, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Event overview

The Final Report of the Competition Policy Review was handed to the Federal Government on the 1 March 2015. It made a number of significant recommendations for reform in areas such as:

• Health and human services;
• Road transport;
• Freight and logistics;
• Utilities;
• Retail trading and regulation;
• Competition law; and
• Institutions and governance.

This is the first review of Australia’s competition laws and policy in over 20 years. Join CEDA to find out about the next stage of this important reform agenda.

Meet the speakers

The Hon. Bruce Billson MP
Federal Minister for Small Business

The Hon Bruce Billson MP is a seventh-term Member of the Australian House of Representatives and was sworn in as the Minister for Small Business on 18 September 2013.

Bruce was first elected to the Australian Parliament in 1996 and has held positions including Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs (2004), Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence in the Howard Government (2006).

Professor Allan Fels AO
Adjunct-Visiting Professor, Melbourne, Monash and Oxford Universities Former Chair, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Professor Allan Fels is an Australian economist, lawyer and public servant who is most widely known for his role as chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) from its inception in 1995 until 30 June 2003. Upon his retirement from the ACCC he became foundation Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) until 2012 when he was appointed Professor of Government.

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