Dunne Wary of Commerce Commission Review
10 December 2013
Dunne Wary of Commerce Commission
Peter Dunne is warning the Government not to use the
regulatory review announced yesterday to weaken the Commerce
Mr Dunne was commenting on speculation that
the Government would use the review to rein in the autonomy
of the Commerce Commission, following its displeasure over
the Chorus copper pricing decision.
autonomy of the Commerce Commission would not only be
vengeful in the current circumstances, but would also be
poor public policy.
“”If anything, we need to be
strengthening the autonomy of bodies like the Commerce
Commission to diffuse power, and to protect businesses and
consumers from monopolistic and anti-competitive
practices,” Mr Dunne says.
Mr Dunne says he is not
opposed in principle to a review of regulatory regimes, but
the goal should be to enhance their autonomy and
transparency in the overall public interest, not restrict
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