Well, stick the Harper competition review on the shelf alongside all the other reports and reviews already written under this government, underneath the shelf with all the reports and reviews compiled under the previous government, in the bookcase piled with reports over recent decades recommending micro-economic reforms. It's not that Professor Ian Harper hasn't done a good job of identifying opportunities for significant benefits in removing the remaining rules that enable remaining oligopolies, monopolies and unofficial cartels in Australia. It's just that he hasn't told us anything about competition we don't already know.
Harper review revisits old territory populated by political cowards
While the Harper review is valuable, we already know what we need to do about competition in Australia, and we're not doing it, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.