Sky News host Chris Smith says there are "concerns" growing over Chinese interference and price gouging, at the Australian ports leased by Chinese companies.
"As ASIC has reported recently, Australian mining companies seem to have been left to bear the brunt of unregulated monopolies," Mr Smith said.
He spoke to NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee on the matter.
Mr Galilee said he found it "bizarre" under current competition laws the ACCC has no jurisdiction over monopoly ports.
"40 per cent of Australian coal exports move through the Port of Newcastle, almost all of NSW coal exports move through the port of Newcastle," he told Sky News.
"Bizarrely under existing federal competition law, the ACCC has no role in relation to the monopoly port at Newcastle.
"Which means that the owners of the port whoever they may be are able to set prices in relation to the movement of our coal exports through that very important port at their own discretion and our coal producer members have to pay that price."