Wry & Dry

Abbott wimps out on competition reform

PM Abbott has once again confirmed his world leading capability for being anti-reform.  The government's decision to 'defer' a decision on the thoughtful Competition Review led by Prof Ian Harper should really have come as no surprise to W&D.  'Defer' means it will never again see the light of day, but Abbott can always say that a decision hasn't been taken.

Abbott has been cowed in the face of big pressure from big business, and the rage of the pharmacy lobby in particular, to the detriment of small business and consumers.

He really is making himself out to be a reform coward.