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Free trade

Free trade agreements

Policy report

The benefits of trade

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

Australia, the European Union and the new trade agenda

This collection brings together diverse and deeply practical contributions to the forthcoming policy debate on the Australia–EU Free Trade Agreement, highlighting potential points of difficulty and possible gains from the agreement.

Why Trump is right, and wrong, about killing off the TPP

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 agreements...

The Renminbi: from the people's money to a global currency - a practical introduction to conducting cross-border trade and investment with China

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 ago...

Chilling lessons for the world from Australia's election

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...

Brexit stage right: what Britain’s decision to leave the EU means for Australia

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 shockwaves...

More jobs and growth through increased trade and investment

Trade and investment create job opportunities for Australians. More than 450,000 jobs have been created since the Coalition came to government. We delivered break-through free trade agreements with China, Japan and South Korea and upgraded our free trade agreement with Singapore. These free trade agreements...

Supporting Australia's farmers and exporters

Australia’s export trade agreements with China, Japan and South Korea – three of our four largest export markets – will set Australia up for the long term. These agreements will grow our economy, create jobs and benefit consumers. Independent economic modelling has found that together...

Supporting Australian exporters

Australia's export trade agreements with China, Japan and South Korea – three of our four largest export markets – will set Australia up for the long term. These agreements will grow our economy, create jobs and benefit consumers. Independent economic modelling has found that together...
Conference paper

What can house prices tell us about the effects of the globalisation of trade on Australian cities?

This paper proposes a new approach to the problem of measuring the geography of trade flows. The paper’s initial premise is that cities are nodes in the global trading network and their relative value as nodes change as the geography of the network continually shifts.

TPP revealed: at last we have the details – and a democratic deficit to be fixed

At first, the TPP promises much. It claims to stand for the interests of workers, all businesses, consumers and the poor. It aims to further integrate 12 economies of the Pacific Rim through trade liberalisation, increasing sustainable growth, building opportunities for businesses and consumers, and...

Trans-Pacific partnership agreement (full text)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free trade agreement (FTA) that will liberalise trade and investment between 12 Pacific-rim countries: New Zealand, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam. As the Depositary of the TPP Agreement...

The TPP’s one-way ratchet

Australia gained some concessions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. But this is still the wrong way to manage our international trade and investment, writes John Quiggin.

The impact of the China-Australia free trade agreement on Australian job opportunities, wages and conditions

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 whether the ChAFTA will enable...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: NSW trade and a snapshot of the key issues

Brings together a number of the core issues related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, and includes NSW trade statistics with TPP member nations. Introduction After 19 rounds of negotiations that began in Melbourne in 2010, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement – which includes 30...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Does the China Free Trade Agreement threaten Australian jobs?

Unions claim the free trade agreement between Australia and China "allows Chinese companies to bring in their own workforce for projects over $150 million and removes the requirement that jobs be offered to local workers first".

How the Senate helped derail the TPP talks

Negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement have run aground on Washington’s attempt to restrict rather than free up medicines.

It might say free trade on the label, but what’s in the tin?

This article discusses a report released by the Property Council of Australia about negative gearing.

Trade & assistance review 2013-14

In 2013-14, Australian industry received over $17 billion in gross assistance from the Australian Government through budgetary outlays, tax concessions and tariffs according to the latest annual trade and assistance review by the Productivity Commission. Notably, budgetary assistance to industry in 2013-14 was about 17%...