Hand in Glover
The directors of a group state art museums have been told by a government body that they acted imprudently in seeking to save the taxpayer money in agreeing not to bid against each other for John Glover's Mount Wellington and Hobart town from Kangaroo Point which came up for auction late last year. It was knocked down to the National Gallery of Australia for the reserve price $1.5m. The ACCC and its Chairman Allan Fels says if they want to engage in this kind of action they should seek authorisation from the government, which would give them immunity from the Trade Practices Act, not take matters into their own hands.

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