Vale Professor Bob Baxt AO

12 March 2018

The ACCC was sad to learn of the passing of Professor Bob Baxt AO, former Chairman of the Trade Practices Commission (1988-1991), which later became the ACCC.

“Bob was a true champion of competition law in Australia and leaves a lasting legacy,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

“Bob was involved in the development of competition and consumer law over more than four decades as academic, regulator, practitioner and commentator. He remained engaged and active in teaching and publishing into 2018.”  

As Chairman of the Trade Practices Commission, he raised the public profile of the Commission and was involved in the famous section 46 case involving BHP’s refusal to supply Queensland Wire Industries.

“His death is a huge loss for the competition law community. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Ruth and family.”


This media release was amended on 12 March 2018, removing reference to Professor Baxt's views on the section 50 mergers test.

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