Free trade agreement

Journal article

29 Jan 2018

Since the commencement of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus negotiations in 2009, the Pacific Forum Island Countries have maintained that their main gain from this Free Trade Agreement is in labour mobility. Free Trade Agreements, such as the Pacific Agreement on...

Policy report

Report for Export New Zealand
11 Jul 2017

A brief report outlining the benefits of trade and trade liberalisation for New Zealanders.

Commentary

23 Nov 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is right: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a damaging deal and deserves to be killed off.

But he tells a half truth about why the trade accord among a dozen Pacific Rim nations is a bad deal. In Trump’s view, trade...

Research report

20 Sep 2016

The rise of China as a global economic powerhouse has been well documented. Perhaps less well known has been the emergence of China’s currency, the Renminbi (RMB), as one of the world’s truly global currencies.

Use of the Renminbi was limited even ten years...

Research report

13 Jul 2016

Summary

This independent study assesses how EU standards on privacy and data protection are safeguarded from liberalisation by existing free trade agreements (the General Agreement of Trade in Services (GATS) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)) and those that are currently...

Commentary

Article

6 Jul 2016

Brexit has highlighted the political ground-swell against globalization, immigration and the neoliberal economic agenda. These controversies were low-profile issues in Australia's so-far inconclusive July 2 general election, but they may be a factor in the success already of a surprising number of independent candidates, especially...

Commentary

Article

24 Jun 2016

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has opened a fundamental crack in the western world. Australia’s relationship with the United Kingdom is grounded in the UK’s relationship with the EU.

Given Australia’s strong and enduring ties with the UK and the EU, the...

Commentary

Article

22 Jun 2016

In this election, for the first time in a long time, South Australia is a live state - where the results will likely have a significant impact on the national picture (especially in the Senate) and where the result in a number of seats is...

Commentary

Article

1 Dec 2015

Despite the apparent optimism about the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement and its benefits for Australia, some aspects of the agreements are very worrying.

These include that the PRC has very obviously targeted the import of Chinese labour into Australia as a key element of...

Commentary

Article

1 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...

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. Created...

Research report

3 Nov 2010

International investment agreements in bilateral treaties or free trade agreements allow investors to bring compensation claims when their investments are hurt by new regulations addressing environmental or other social concerns. Compensation rules such as expropriation clauses in international treaties help solve post-investment moral...

Research report

19 Jul 2010

In the last decade, Australia has entered into a number of bilateral and regional trade agreements, and is currently negotiating several more. While trade agreements can provide modest benefits for Australia, larger gains are possible, according to a Draft Research Report by the...

Discussion paper

10 May 2010

Australia’s Productivity Commission will release a draft review in June 2010 of the impact of bilateral and regional trade agreements. In March, officials from eight Pacific Rim countries met in Melbourne to begin talks on a Trans-Pacific trade agreement. This follows the signing of a...

Commentary

Article

1 Jun 2005

A commitment to openness would affirm democratic values and principles, write Rebecca LaForgia and Bryan Mercurio

AUSTRALIA and China began the first round of historic free trade agreement (FTA) talks earlier this week. Trade between the two nations has quadrupled in the past decade...

Research report

9 Sep 2004

Wolfgang Kasper outlines a new initiative for a 'Global Free Trade Alliance' to create a voluntary association of free market economies between which all border controls on trade and investment are dropped. Candidates for joining are nations that already enjoy a rather high degree of...

Commentary

Article

12 Aug 2004

Labor’s stand was a long time coming, says Mike Willis

THE extraordinary debate over the potential impact of the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement triggered by Labor’s proposed legislative amendments has underscored the ironies that surrounded the negotiations from the start. This is hardly...

Commentary

Article

4 Aug 2004

This resource page provides links to key documents on the costs and benefits of the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, including reports and commentary from APO members and contributors. Ann Capling provides a comprehensive account of the background to the agreement, the main arguments and...

Research report

3 Aug 2004

Changes to the Copyright Act 1968 and Patents Act 1990 form a significant and complex part of the Bill to implement the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement. But the agreement does leave some room for Australia to decide the shape of its own law, so implementation...

Commentary

Article

24 Jun 2004

New protections for intellectual property owners sit oddly in a free trade agreement, argues Mike Willis, and will work against Australia’s interests

CHAPTER 17 of the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, dedicated to intellectual property, is the largest substantive chapter in the agreement. Spanning some...

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