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Port regulation in Australia

Meehan, Joel (2012) Port regulation in Australia. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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As an island nation, Australia is heavily dependent on its ports. Ports are essential infrastructure, acting as a gateway connecting domestic and international markets. However, the resources boom has highlighted significant bottlenecks in the supply chain. Port regulation has at times been criticised for impeding port development and investment. There are concerns that the level of investment in port infrastructure in Australia is insufficient to sustain the increase in trade we will see in the future. It therefore seems an appropriate time to review port regulation in Australia. This paper seeks to analyse the existing port regulatory framework against a theoretical backdrop. By considering the theories of competition, equilibrium, market failure and regulation, it is hoped an assessment of the current regime can be made.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Murdoch Business School
Supervisor(s): Tull, Malcolm
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