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Australian Competition Tribunal Appointment

NO.064

AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION TRIBUNAL APPOINTMENT

I am pleased to announce the appointment of an additional member to the Australian Competition Tribunal.

Mr Brian Keane, of Burradoo, NSW, has been appointed until 4 August 2009. Mr Keane is a Principal at Brian Keane and Associates, Management and Insurance Consulting. He also holds a number of directorships with the TAB, Aurora Energy, CSIRO, Law Cover and RAC Insurance.

This will increase the number of general members from seven to eight, enhancing the level of business expertise on the Tribunal.

BACKGROUND

The Tribunal was created in 1966 as the Trade Practices Tribunal. It was renamed the Australian Competition Tribunal in 1995. The Tribunal’s core function are to review a range of decisions under the Trade Practices Act 1974.

The Tribunal consists of presidential members – who must be federal Judges – and other members who must be qualified by virtue of their ‘knowledge of, or experience in, industry, commerce, economics, law or public administration’. Members serve on a part time basis, as required, for a term of up to 7 years. Following this appointment, the Tribunal will now comprise five presidential members and eight other members.

CANBERRA
3 August 2004

Contact:
David Alexander
02 6277 7340

5 Aug 2004

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