CANBERRA, March 14 (Xinhua) -- The Australian parliament passed legislation to establish the Australian Anti-Dumping Commission, Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare announced on Thursday.
According to the legislation, the new Commission will start operating on 1 July 2013 and will be principally located in Melbourne. And the Commissioner will be an individual with a proven record of achievement as a leader in industry or public administration, with experience in setting a strategic vision and implementing reform.
This Commission will against the cheap imports from overseas companies dumping on the Australian market. "The Anti-Dumping Commission was the primary recommendation of the review into Australia's anti-dumping and countervailing system led by John Brumby, the former Premier of Victoria," Clare said.
"More reform is required and I intend to introduce legislation in the next sitting period to implement further reforms," he said.
Over the past 18 months, the Australian government has passed five tranches of legislation through the parliament to improve the anti-dumping system. This represents the biggest reforms to the anti-dumping system in more than a decade.
Last year, Prime Minister Julia Gillard declared this decision in a statement and mentioned Labor would introduce stricter penalties against cheats and give customs an extra 24 million AU dollars (almost 25 million U.S. dollars) to deal with the increasing number of dumping cases.
In that statement, Gillard also said putting the new anti- dumping "cop on the beat" was not directed at any particular country but intended to protect Australian jobs, particularly in manufacturing.