Hodgman has questions to answer on anti-competition allegation

Tasmanian Labor
  • TasPorts will be the test case for new national anti-competition provision
  • Will Hodgman must explain what he knew, and when he knew it
  • Questions dodged at last week’s government business scrutiny hearings
  • Will Hodgman must explain how a Tasmanian government businesses has ended up on the wrong side of legal proceedings alleging anti-competitive behaviour.

    Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Shane Broad said the ACCC’s court action sends the wrong message about the governance of Tasmania’s government business enterprises.

    “The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is not a radical body, it’s a very conservative group, and for them to take this action is significant.

    “Given the behaviour in question dates back to 2017, Will Hodgman has questions to answer in terms of what he knew, when he knew, and what steps he’s taken to satisfy himself that TasPorts was acting appropriately.”

    The government appears to have deliberately avoided scrutiny on this issue, with questions about competitor access to TasPorts facilities sidestepped at last week’s GBE scrutiny hearings.

    Dr Broad said the alleged breach of competition law would now attract national attention.

    “It’s deeply disappointing that a Tasmanian government business will be the test case for Australia’s amended misuse of market power provision, designed to address anti-competitive behaviour.

    “We won’t prejudge any outcome, but it’s important that Tasmanians can be reassured that the governance of our GBEs is of the highest standard.

    “These legal proceedings create a question mark regarding the government’s effective oversight of the business.”

    Dr Shane Broad

    Shadow Minister for Infrastructure

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