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Government nominates Rod Sims as next ACCC Chairman

Posted by Julie Clarke on 3 May 2011

The Gillard Government has nominated Rod Sims to be the next Chairman of the ACCC. The nomination requires majority support from the States and Territories; presuming that is received, Mr Sims will be appointed on 1 August for a 5 year term, replacing current Chairman, Graeme Samuel. View photo (source: Daily Telegraph)

Sims has previously worked for the Australian Government, including as the Deputy Secretary in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Deputy Secretary responsible for Transport in the Department of Transport and Communications.  From 1988 to 1990, he was the economic adviser to the then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke.  He is currently:

Mr Sims holds a  degree in Commerce from the University of Melbourne (first class honours) and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University.

He conducted the research for Business Council of Australia report (Strategic Framework for Emissions Reduction, 3 April 2007), which challenged the Rudd Government’s emissions trading scheme (in the proposed form) – see ‘The Strategist‘ (The Australian,  17 October 2008).

See also the Report by Mr Sims, ‘Seizing the Opportunity to Reform and Restore Australia’s Economic Infrastructure‘, contained in the BCA’s report ‘Groundwork for Growth: Building the Infrastructure that Australia Needs

The Australian Industry Group has responded, stating that Rod Sims ‘is a sound appointment that will be well received by business’

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UPDATE: Rod Sims was confirmed as the next ACCC Chairman following unanimous support for his appointment by the states and territories.  His five year term will start on 1 August.  View Treasury media release.

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