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Domestic transparency in Australia's economic and trade reforms: The role of 'The Commission'

Chairman's speech

Productivity Commission Chairman Gary Banks presented this paper, which he co-authored with Bill Carmichael, former Chairman of the Industries Assistance Commission, to the Lowy Institute and Tasman Transparency Group Conference 'Enhancing Transparency in the Multilateral Trading System' in Sydney on 4 July.

  • Contents


The Tariff Board: forging a beginning

Creation of the IAC: a new blueprint

Three core design features

The public inquiry process

The value of a supporting research function

Impact on policy debates and decisions
Renewal of the Commission's mandate

Some implications