Harper review: Plan to lift market restrictions to put consumer interests first

 In Australia, NewZealand
Canberra will push the states to sweep away the most enduring market restrictions faced by Australians in their everyday lives, granting new access to goods and services from taxis and books, to 24-7 shopping including pharmaceutical and alcohol sales in shops.
Tougher rules on anti-competitive behaviour by companies would be imposed, and new arrangements even affecting government services would be introduced to increase competition. This could see private schools, hospitals, and other services be paid directly by government departments under an NDIS-type contracting-out model, creating a new class of quasi-public-private sector providers.  Sydney Morning Herald – Read more…

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