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Australia's new competition minister targets market concentration, saying 'big isn't always beautiful'

By Laurel Henning
  • 08 Aug 2022 07:10
  • 08 Aug 2022 07:10
Australia's new competition minister is determined to focus on the high degree of concentration seen across the country's economy, in an effort to ensure the competition landscape in the future is healthier than it is now.

“Whether you’re looking at banks, baby food or beer, you see market concentration in the Australian economy,”

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Laurel Henning

Senior Correspondent


Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and climate policies from Brussels. In that time, Laurel covered the regulation of emissions and technological developments pertaining to the energy sector within the EU, as well as the Paris agreement in 2015. A graduate of the University of Liverpool, Laurel studied English and French before beginning a career in journalism with MLex.

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