Since Paula Redstock was pushed out of the Commerce Commission with a lot of the other brilliant staff, there has not been one cartel or monopoly abuse case prosecuted by the Commerce Commission. This is the very same Commission that was saving us millions of dollars each year and paying for itself with its court settlements.
Surprise, surprise, there has now been a National party stooge, Dr Mark Berry, put in charge of the Commission, who is nothing but a sop to his masters in my opinion, these masters, big business and there corporations are backing the National party.
So even if Steven Joyce comes out with, ‘we will let the Commerce Commission oversee things’ beware! the game is already rigged.
The chief adviser to Steven Joyce has been named in a court decision yesterday as implicated in advising Telecom on anti-competitive practices which have resulted in a $12 million fine.
This official, Bruce Parkes is the man who has designed, and will oversee, the government’s broadband schemes. Both schemes have come heavily under fire for their potential to be anti-competitive and to not result in good outcomes for consumers.
It is a simple fact that we have a Commerce Commission that hasn’t prosecuted one case for cartel or monopoly abuse since National came to power.
Fuck National and their backers. They are stealing from us and we need to pull them down and stomp all over there them at every opportunity.