Competition and Human Services: Oil and Water?

Date 12:00 PM 28 April 2016 - 13:00 PM 28 April 2016
Location Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

Presenter: Professor Ian Harper

Forthcoming Lunchtime Seminar presented by the Brotherhood’s Research & Policy Centre


The Competition Policy Review focused on introducing competition policy to the provision of human services – heath, education and social services.  Last November the Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison, indicated the Federal Government’s support for these recommendations. Ian Harper will explain the Review Panel’s reasoning behind the Review’s recommendations and share his perspective on likely developments from this point forward. 

Ian Harper is one of Australia’s best known economists. He has worked closely with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms at the highest level.  He recently chaired the Federal Government’s Competition Policy Review, a “root and branch” review of Australia’s competition policy, laws and regulators, and is often asked to comment on economic and financial issues in the media. 

In March 2011 Ian joined Deloitte Access Economics as a Partner, following a 25-year academic career including 16 years in various roles at the Melbourne Business School. Ian was elected Emeritus Professor of the University of Melbourne on his departure. 

From December 2005 to July 2009, Ian Harper served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, an independent statutory body whose role was to set and adjust minimum wages in Australia. From January 2011 to February 2012, he was one of three panellists chosen to review Victoria’s state finances. 

Ian is currently a member of the Australian Advisory Board of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2000 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2009. 

To learn more, view the presentation on Competition and Human Services: Oil and Water? (PDF, 872KB)


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