Building an effective trade practices commission : the role of Professor Robert Baxt AO

Corones, Stephen G., Merrett, David, & Round, David (2009) Building an effective trade practices commission : the role of Professor Robert Baxt AO. Australian Economic History Review, 49(2), pp. 138-172.

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Bob Baxt, the third Chairman of the Trade Practices Commission, served for a single three year term from 1988 to 1991. He followed Bob McComas, who had deliberately adopted a non-litigious approach to preserving the competitive process, believing that he understood business as an insider and that much of what it did was not anti-competitive, when correctly viewed. Baxt was far more pro-active in his approach, and more closely aligned with that of the first Chairman, Ron Bannerman. Baxt sought to push the frontiers of investigation and precedent, and perhaps, more significantly, sought to influence his Ministers, the government, public servants and public opinion about the need to expand the coverage of the Trade Practices Act, increase penalties and properly resource the Commission so that it could perform its assigned roles. This article examines Baxt’s early and on-going role in teaching Australian students and professionals through his interdisciplinary Trade Practices Workshops, the political context of Baxt’s tenure, including his relations with the Attorney-General ,Michael Duffy, and his skilful handling of the Queensland Wire case.

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ID Code: 31106
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: trade practices commission, Robert Baxt, trade practices workshops, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8446.2009.00253.x
ISSN: 0004-8992
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Journal Compilation © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd and The Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand
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Deposited On: 03 Mar 2010 01:42
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:05

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