Managing Editor, Australia
James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, is spearheading MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the European operation of US political website Politico as an investigative reporter specializing in governance, transparency and lobbying.
In Australia, James spent the bulk of his career at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. From 2001 he covered the Pacific for Radio Australia, first as presenter then executive producer of a daily current affairs program. He has appeared on both radio and television and has reported for Background Briefing, an investigative journalism program.James has degrees in English and Italian literature from the University of Melbourne; a degree in journalism from RMIT University; and an MA in international relations from the ANU.
Selected Insights by James
When New Zealand scrapped the joint-venture exemptions under the country’s competition law in 2017, few mourned their passing. “They were a dog,” one lawyer told MLex recently. “They were form over substance and very difficult to apply.”
Oracle used untouched phone in anti-Google presentation to Australian officials, showing it collected data without permissions, documents showUS technology company Oracle presented Australian competition and privacy officials with a phone using the Android operating system to demonstrate that the device communicated with Google, even though it contained no SIM card and had no apps running, according to documents obtained by MLex.
When word got out last week that Norwegian shipping line Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean had been added to a growing list of companies on the receiving end of criminal-cartel prosecutions in Australia, there was some surprise among the country’s competition-law practitioners.
A relatively small jurisdiction at the bottom of the world, more than 12,000 kilometers from Silicon Valley, is about to launch a regulatory experiment that could have a lasting effect on the business models of platforms such as Facebook and Google. The world’s technology giants are bracing for what Australia has in store.
When Australia’s ground-breaking digital-platforms inquiry into the impact of Facebook and Google on the media and advertising industries hands its final report to the government at the end of this month, all eyes will be on how the competition regulator has dealt with a handful of hot-button issues.