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New appointments to the Essential Services Commission

Minister for Finance, Robert Clark, today welcomed two new appointments to the Essential Services Commission.

Ms Julie Abramson and Mr Richard Clarke both bring a wealth of experience to their roles as Commissioners.

Ms Abramson is a lawyer with over 20 years of regulatory experience and was prior to this appointment the Special Adviser to the Secretariat for the Commonwealth’s Competition Policy Review (“the Harper Review”).

“Ms Abramson has demonstrated a strong commitment to the development and implementation of sound and practical public policy,” Mr Clark said.

“Her extensive legal skills and experience make Ms Abramson well placed to make a valuable contribution to the Commission’s Board.”

Ms Abramson has a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Laws from Monash University.

Ms Abramson has worked for a range of organisations including the Civil Contractors Federation, National Australia Bank, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Ms Abramson joins Commissioner Richard Clarke, who was appointed earlier this year, and the Chairperson Dr Ron Ben-David, to head the Essential Services Commission, the state’s independent economic regulator of aspects of a range of industry sectors, including electricity, gas, water and sewerage, ports and rail freight.

“Known for his constructive and collaborative approach, Mr Clarke has wide-ranging experience in economic analysis and regulatory matters, previously working as the Chief Economist of Shell Australia Limited,” Mr Clark said.

“He also has an additional fifteen years’ experience in the field, having worked at the Department of Treasury and Finance, the Productivity Commission and the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission.

“I look forward to the contribution these new members will make to the work of the Commission,” Mr Clark said.

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