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THE HON. JASON CLARE MP MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER FOR JUSTICE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MATERIEL

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Minister releases Brumby Report

27 November 2012

Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today released a report into Australia’s anti-dumping and countervailing system by former Victorian Premier and Treasurer John Brumby.

In July, Mr Clare asked Mr Brumby to provide advice on the best structure for administering Australia’s anti-dumping system, including consideration of the costs and benefits of a stand alone anti-dumping agency. Mr Clare received the report last week.

In the course of writing this report, Mr Brumby contacted over 400 stakeholders from industry, unions, consultancy firms and representative bodies, State, Territory and Federal Governments, Federal Senators and Members of Parliament and embassies of trade partner countries.

Mr Brumby consulted 70 individuals or entities from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Newcastle, Wollongong and Perth. The Brumby Review received 43 submissions representing around 90 entities.

The report found that in the last 12 months, prevailing economic circumstances including the strong Australian dollar, surplus product on world markets and increased competition have led to the number of anti-dumping investigations almost tripling. It also found that the number of anti-dumping matters is likely to continue to increase.

The report makes 13 recommendations including:

• That a new Anti-dumping authority, agency or commission be established under legislation;

• That the new agency be principally located in a major capital city, close to a high concentration of Australian industry; and

• That an immediate increase in resources be made available to establish the new agency and ensure timely resolution of underlying issues.

“I thank John Brumby for a thorough report and commit the Government to responding swiftly.” Mr Clare said.

Media note: The final Brumby report can be found at www.antidumpingreview.gov.au

Media Contact: Ryan Hamilton - 0414 599 468