ACCC chief favourite to retain spot

By: Troy Bilsborough


The Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer today announced a number of important appointments to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Graeme

The Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer today announced a number of important appointments to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Graeme Samuel looks as though he will remain chairperson of Australia’s competition watchdog after Treasurer Wayne Swan announced his support on Friday.

The Rudd Government intends to recommend to the Governor General the re appointment of Samuel as chief of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for three years, along with the appointment of Peter Kell as Deputy chairperson for five years.

Kell has previous experience in the field, as both the CEO at consumer-advocate CHOICE and executive director of Consumer Protection at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

He will replace sitting deputy chairperson Louise Sylvan.

According to Assistant Treasurer Chris Bowen, the government is recommending the Governor-General appoint Sylvan as a commissioner at the Productivity Commission.

The reappointment of Samuel and the appointment of Kell have both been endorsed by a majority of the states and territories, which is a requirement of the 1995 intergovernmental Conduct Code Agreement.

However the appointments of Samuel, Kell and Sylvan are all subject to the Governor-General’s approval.

The government also announced the appointment by the Governor General of Professor Michael Schaper as a second Deputy Chairperson of the ACCC for a term of five years. He will be responsible for providing a "permanent voice" for small business.

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