The potential for privatisation of ports needs to address the benefits to the economy, not just maximise returns to government.

The need to elevate competition in our public policy

I tend to think of competition policy a bit like defence: it requires eternal vigilance and strong proponents. There will always be those with a large interest in its absence, to the detriment of the many.

Australia’s low productivity, calls for Australia to create “national champions”, or to allow industries to consolidate in response to low investment returns, and the privatisation of assets in ways that hinder future competition to maximise one-off gains, all suggest that Australia has lost a lot of the pro-competitive culture that it gained from the 1990s National Competition Policy.


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