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Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission appointments

Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Treasurer Michael O’Brien today announced the appointment of three commissioners to the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC).
Mr O’Brien announced Dr Matthew Butlin will be reappointed as Chair of the VCEC until December 2016. Ms Deborah Cope will be reappointed to the VCEC until March 2015 and Ms Anna Cronin has been appointed as a Commissioner for a three year term.
“I am pleased to reappoint two of our highly experienced Commissioners and that they will be joined by Ms Cronin who has a strong background in economic policy,” Mr O’Brien said. 
“Each of these appointees brings significant experience and skills that will enable VCEC to encourage better regulatory outcomes, improve competition and promote efficiency in the Victorian economy.”
Dr Butlin was first appointed as Chairman of the VCEC in 2008. Dr Butlin previously served as a Commissioner of the Productivity Commission.
Ms Cope was first appointed to the VCEC in 2008 and has extensive public policy experience. She worked with the Commonwealth Government for 15 years and consulted for ten years in areas including regulatory reform, competition policy and consumer policy. The Government has agreed to Ms Cope’s request that her re-appointment be for a shorter term.
Ms Cronin is an economist by training and has held a number of senior leadership and policy positions in the Federal, Victorian and Western Australian Governments. She previously led the National Farmers’ Federation as Chief Executive Officer for five years.  Ms Cronin was most recently the Chief of Staff to the Victorian Premier, Dr Denis Napthine.
“VCEC’s Commissioners are well placed to undertake the regulatory and policy reform work that Victoria needs to ensure we can continue to improve the efficiency of Government and strengthen our economy,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Ms Cronin brings exceptional public policy credentials to VCEC as well as important practical expertise in regulatory reform, having served governments at state and federal levels as well as non-government organisations. 
“I also acknowledge the important contribution made by former commissioner Bill Mountford, whose term concluded earlier this year after serving VCEC for just over three years.”
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