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John Brumby to report on a Commonwealth Anti-Dumping agency

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John Brumby to report on a Commonwealth Anti-Dumping agency

4 July 2012

Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Jason Clare today announced the appointment of John Brumby, the former Premier and Treasurer of Victoria, to consider the feasibility of a Commonwealth anti-dumping agency.

“I have asked John Brumby to provide advice on the best structure for administering Australia’s anti-dumping system,” Mr Clare said.

“I am interested in investigating the benefits and costs of a stand-alone anti-dumping agency. Because this is such a specialised task there may be real benefits in establishing a specialist agency. That is why I have commissioned this work.”

“John Brumby brings formidable public policy experience to this role. He understands economic issues deeply, having served as both the Premier and Treasurer of Victoria over the course of a decade.”

“He also understands the particular pressures faced by the Australian manufacturing sector,” Mr Clare said.

Mr Brumby will investigate establishing a specifically prescribed agency to concentrate its attention on the fair and timely conduct of investigations, the formulation of advice to Government and interaction with industry and foreign exporters.

The feasibility study will investigate:

 The current arrangements for considering anti-dumping cases and policy;

 The benefits and costs of retaining this function within the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service;

 The benefits and costs of establishing an agency to conduct anti-dumping assessments and investigations;

 The functions, including assessments, investigations and compliance, and powers that would be necessary for an agency to conduct effective anti-dumping assessments and investigations;

 The relationship between such an agency and existing appeals processes;

 the organisational structure that would be required for such an agency; and

 Any other relevant matters.

Mr Brumby will be supported by a Secretariat situated in the Attorney-General’s Department. It is anticipated that he will present his findings to government by 30 November, 2012.

The Australian Government is strongly committed to ensuring Australia’s anti-dumping system complies with our international obligations under the World Trade Organisation. A key focus of any new agency would be to work closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to ensure the anti-dumping system remains compliant with our obligations.

This work is the next step in the Gillard Government’s reform of Australia’s anti-dumping system.

Last week Minister Clare introduced the fourth tranche of anti-dumping legislation to implement the policy announced in the Streamlining Australia’s Anti-Dumping System reform announced in June 2011. The legislation implements three policy reforms:

 It will better align Australia’s anti-dumping and countervailing system with those of our WTO counterparts;

 It introduces provisions designed to address the circumvention of trade measures; and

 It strengthens the Australian system’s approach to parties’ non-cooperation during the investigation process.

John Brumby Biography

John Brumby was Premier of Victoria from 2007-2010 after spending seven years as the State’s Treasurer. He has also been Minister for Innovation, Minister for State and Regional Development, and was the Leader of the Opposition for six years, and the State Member for Broadmeadows from 1993-2010.

Since retiring from State Parliament, Mr Brumby has been appointed Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Monash University, Chairman of the Motor Trades Association of Australia Superannuation

Fund Pty Limited, a Panel Member of the Federal Government’s GST Distribution Review and an Independent Director of Huawei Australia.

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