Rod Sims: Companies Behaving Badly?


From: Friday July 13, 2018, 6:00 pm

To: Friday July 13, 2018, 7:00 pm

2018 Giblin Lecture

presented by

Rod Sims

Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission


In this address, titled "Companies Behaving Badly?", Rod will discuss the various ways that companies engage in misconduct from an ACCC point of view; why this may be happening, and what can be done about it from the perspective of Australia’s national competition and consumer law regulator.

Rod Sims was appointed Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in August 2011 for a five year term and reappointed for a further three years in August 2016. Rod has extensive business and public sector experience. Immediately prior to his appointment to the ACCC, he was the Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales, Commissioner on the National Competition Council, Chairman of InfraCo Asia, Director of Ingeus Limited, and member of the Research and Policy Council of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Rod was also a Director of Port Jackson’s Partners Limited where he advised the CEOs and Boards of some of Australia’s top 50 companies on commercial corporate strategy over many years. Rod relinquished all of these roles on becoming Chairman of the ACCC.

Rod is also a past Chairman of the NSW Rail Infrastructure Corporation and the State Rail Authority and has been a Director of a number of private sector companies. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rod worked as the Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for economic, infrastructure and social policy and the Cabinet Office. He also worked as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Transport and Communications.

Rod Sims holds a first class honours degree in Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University.

Refreshments from 5.30pm.

The Giblin Lecture is a partnership between the University of Tasmania and the Economics Society of Australia – Tasmania Branch. It is named for the eminent Australian economist, Lyndhurst Falkiner Giblin, who was born and died in Hobart.

Giblin led a most eventful life; he served through the entirety of the First World War, mined for gold in the Klondike and ran an orchard in Tasmania. He then trained in statistics at King’s College Cambridge and began his career as statistician and economist in 1919.

He went on to exercise significant influence over economic policy making in Australia and made many substantial contributions to theory which are still applied today. He was an important figure in designing the fiscal equalisation policies adopted in the Australian Commonwealth to distribute funds to the States and relieve the Great Depression. He corresponded extensively with John Maynard Keynes in Cambridge on this subject, and their lively correspondence about the role of the multiplier now sits in the archives at Cambridge University.

While he was never formally a part of the Department of Economics at the University of Tasmania, Giblin was very influential in its development. In fact, Giblin and three of his colleagues, James Brigden, Douglas Copland and Roland Wilson, formed a personal and intellectual bond at the University of Tasmania between 1919 and 1924.

Giblin and colleagues were pivotal in the shaping of economic thought and policymaking in Australia, and helped to bridge the gap between academic economics and public policy in Australia. The annual Giblin lecture is presented in this tradition.


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Law School Lecture Theatre

Sandy Bay Campus, Sandy Bay TAS 7005

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