Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Govt won’t disturb Commerce Commission decision

23 October 2003 Media Statement

Govt won’t disturb Commerce Commission decision

Finance Minister Michael Cullen today reaffirmed the government’s determination not to over-ride the normal competition tests in relation to the Air New Zealand-Qantas deal.

“We made it clear at the outset when we supported the proposal going to the Commerce Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that final approval would depend on clearance by both authorities and that the government would not intervene in that process.

“That remains the position,” Dr Cullen said.

He was commenting on the Commerce Commission’s rejection of the proposed strategic alliance on the grounds that it was anti-competitive. The ACCC also rejected it in a judgment handed down last month.

Both airlines have appealed the ACCC’s decision to the Australian Competition Tribunal and will now be considering whether to take similar action here, although the New Zealand framework allows appeals primarily on points of law rather than matters of substance.

“Whether Air New Zealand and Qantas exercise their right of appeal is entirely to them to decide.

“The challenge is now for Air New Zealand to consider carefully the range of options available to it as it seeks to protect its long-term viability as a domestic and international carrier,” Dr Cullen said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The PM’s Indonesian Guest, And West Papua

As David Lange once said, it is almost impossible to get New Zealand to think about Indonesia, the huge nation sitting right on our doorstep.

The visit to this country early next week by Indonesian president Joko Widodo won’t change that situation, even though Widido will be the first major foreign head of state to be hosted by the Ardern government. More>>


Out By 24,000: Treasury Child Poverty Estimate Wrong

The Treasury has revised the child-poverty projections it provided to the Government in December 2017. As outlined in the Treasury’s 17 January media release, the previous estimate was based on code that included a modelling error...More>>


Mentions Russia: NZ Joins Condemnation Of Nerve Agent Attack

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand Government has grave concerns over the use of a chemical nerve agent in the United Kingdom resulting in critically serious injuries to some of those exposed. More>>


IPCA (And Privacy Commission): Police's “Exit International” Checkpoint Was Illegal

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that Police were not justified in stopping vehicles at a vehicle checkpoint to identify individuals who had attended an “Exit International” meeting in Lower Hutt on 2 October 2016. More>>


NZDF Coverup: Defence Admits Raid Was In Area Described In Hit And Run

When the book Hit and Run was published in March last year, the Chief of Defence Force Tim Keating held a press conference claiming the SAS had been in a different place on that date... The Defence Force has finally admitted that the “three photographs in the book are of Tirgiran Village”. More>>


"It Could Work" - Team NZ: New America's Cup Base Option

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has welcomed Emirates Team New Zealand’s acknowledgement that a new fourth base option is workable and would see Auckland host the America’s Cup in 2021. More>>





Featured InfoPages