Trade regulation

Discussion paper

04 May 2017

Summary

• Red tape costs the Australian economy $176 billion, 11 per cent of GDP, each year in foregone economic output. Similarly, in the US red tape is estimated to cost $2 trillion annually, or 12 per cent of GDP.

• On 30 January 2017, the Trump Administration...

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Evaluation

Fact sheet

Report

10 May 2016

‘Gearing up for Trade’ evaluation commissioned by the Office of Development Effectiveness in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, assessed the effectiveness of Australia’s support for trade facilitation in Asia and the Pacific, and examined whether the investments have assisted partner...

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Research report

13 Apr 2016

Executive summary 

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is a legal provision in international agreements that enables foreign investors to take host states to an arbitral tribunal for alleged treaty breaches.

• The goal of investor-state arbitration is to...

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Research report

06 Oct 2015

Introduction

Significant controversy surrounds the impact of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) in a number of areas. This report focuses on two of these areas by examining the ChAFTA’s provisions on labour mobility.

The first area of controversy is...

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Research report

04 Oct 2015

Explains how it is that the regulation of welfare of layer hens is now largely a matter of voluntary labeling for consumer choice rather than mandatory government regulation of animal welfare in production conditions.

Summary
In mid-2014, Australian consumer affairs...

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Commentary

Article

01 Jul 2015

Big numbers have a tendency to take on a life of their own, writes Tom Westland

Economic modelling with unstated assumptions is a bit like chicken nuggets with unstated ingredients – one swallows at one’s own risk. And yet there’s been a lot of it about lately. Just this...

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Research report

01 Jul 2015

Outlines the legal status of Airbnb and Uber operations in NSW, and contains an overview of each platform and current usage in Sydney, and where applicable, more broadly in NSW.

Introduction
The way in which people consume goods and services has changed dramatically...

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Commentary

Article

28 Jun 2015

There is no doubt at all that international free trade creates global wealth and raises living standards for all countries involved. It allows nations to benefit from the natural advantages and skills of others, and it allows consumers to enjoy a greater choice of goods and services at lower...

Briefing paper

31 May 2015

This paper suggests a process for consultation with business, consumers and various levels of government that would enhance outcomes.

Introduction

Australia has an open economy that is heavily dependent on trade for its wellbeing. Well formulated evidence based...

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Research report

21 May 2015

This report examines the debt collection industry in Australia on behalf of the ACCC and its Consumer Consultative Committee.

It aims to provide greater understanding of the industry and to identify structural issues or operational practices that may lead to problematic behaviours within...

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Research report

31 Mar 2015

This is the first comprehensive review of Australia’s competition laws and policy in over 20 years. The National Competition Policy Review (The Hilmer Review) of 1993 underpinned the development of the National Competition Policy – a co-operative initiative of the Commonwealth and State and...

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Journal article

04 Dec 2014

Regulation is a fact of life. It affects the food we eat, the safety of our workplace, the goods and services we buy and sell and the quality of our natural environment. It plays an important role in guarding New Zealanders from harm, protecting our rights, and ensuring that markets work fairly...

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Journal article

04 Dec 2014

The importance of an ‘efficient and effective regulatory environment’ (Offices of the Ministers of Finance and Regulatory Reform, 2013) has never been more prominent in New Zealand than it is at the present time. The New Zealand Productivity Commission’s Regulatory Institutions and Practices...

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Journal article

04 Dec 2014

Regulatory coherence has over the past four years become a term of art for domestic regulatory systems which interface seamlessly with the systems of other countries. And yet a precise or at least agreed definition remains elusive and descriptions often confuse ends and means. This article sets...

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Commentary

Article

28 Oct 2014

 

Cultural policy and trade policy are pulling in different directions, and Ten’s Offspring could be one casualty

 

On 7 August this year 1.3 million people watched what is probably the last episode of the popular Australian series Offspring....

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Research report

10 Oct 2014

Assesses the cost structures of businesses operating in the Australian retail trade industry, including costs relative to international competitors.

Key points

  • The Australian retail sector comprises more than 133 000 businesses contributing around 5 per cent
  • ...
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Audio program

30 Sep 2014

The Federal Government's draft Harper Competition Review calls for a root and branch rethink of the way we regulate commerce, including old established industries that are being revolutionised by on-line and smart-phone technology.

Around the world companies like Uber and Airbnb are...

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Research report

22 Sep 2014

Both the world and Australian economies have changed significantly since the Hilmer Review of the 1990s.  The recommendations in this Draft Report seek to bring Australia’s competition policy up to date.  The review assessed Australia’s competition policy to see if it is still ‘fit for purpose...

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Research report

02 Sep 2014

This issue of the G20 Monitor discusses the reform of international economic institutions, financial regulation, and the trade, accountability and anti-corruption agendas at the forthcoming Brisbane G20 Summit.

It also provides a summary of the key ideas from the ‘G20 Conference:...

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Video lecture/presentation

18 Jul 2014

Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Ambassador Roberto Azevêdo delivered a public lecture on the 17th of July 2014 at ANU entitled, New momentum: can the success in Bali transform the WTO?

Ambassador Azevêdo discussed where the WTO should go next and reflected on...

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