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The Long-Term Regulation of Safety Standards: the Case of the Electricity Industry in Australia and New Zealand

Malcolm Abbott ()

Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, 2012, vol. 13, issue 4, 312-333

Abstract: Throughout much of the history of the electricity industry in Australia and New Zealand the industry has been the subject of safety regulations. Although this regulation has been a constant throughout the life of the industry the organizational approach to regulation has changed over the years. Periodically in Australia and New Zealand history these questions have been raised in a political context, although notably the structure of safety regulators does not get much attention in the standard histories of the industry. The purpose of this paper, therefore, is to discuss some of the general issues that have arisen in the reform of regulation in the case of electricity safety over the longer term and how it relates overall to the development of the electricity industry.

Date: 2012
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