FPJ1704 - Mailler, P (2020), Are competition measures delivering a fair go for farm businesses?

FPJ1704 - Mailler, P (2020), Are competition measures delivering a fair go for farm businesses?

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The short answer is no.
Now I could wax lyrical about issues of consolidation, oligopolies and market asymmetry, but inevitably the contest of ideas around neoliberal economic theory and trade liberalisation just gets bogged in a boring ideological fervour and achieves little in changing entrenched positions of the proponents on either side.
Instead, this essay seeks to explore the appropriateness of the prevailing definition of a functional competitive market for Australian agriculture in the medium to long term and why we should perhaps rethink our approach to agricultural markets in Australia.

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