Report

Chinese tariffs on Australian wine in 2020: the domestic drivers of international coercion

This paper documents China’s policies to develop its domestic wine industry, which it regards as more achievable without competition from Australian imports. Protectionism appears to be an important driver of the trade barriers on Australian wine.
Report

Addressing Forced Labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region: collective action to develop new sourcing opportunities

This report argues that to speed the development of alternate sourcing hubs that are free of forced labor, public and private actors must coordinate to encourage long-term investment in new locations, and international human rights and environmental standards must form a fundamental element of the...
Discussion paper

Chasing the pack: Australia's prospects on green trade and climate diplomacy

This paper analyses how Australia’s immediate economic and diplomatic future could be defined by global activity around climate diplomacy, green trade and low-carbon investment.
Report

Managing the UK's relationship with the European Union

Now the United Kingdom has left the European Union (EU), the government needs to work out how it will organise itself to manage its relationship with its largest trading partner. This paper sets out the framework provided by the agreements with the EU, looks at...
Report

Stocktake of free trade, competitiveness and a global world: how trade agreements are shaping agriculture

This paper explores how Australia's agricultural export performance over the past 15 years has been inextricably linked to the proliferation of free trade agreements (FTAs).
Briefing paper

The agreement on the future relationship: a first analysis

After years of negotiations, the United Kingdom and the European Union have struck a deal on their future relationship. This deal is one of the most critical agreements the UK will negotiate in the post-Brexit era. This paper offers a first attempt at assessing the...
Report

Data is divisive: a history of public communications on e-commerce, 1998–2020

For 22 years, the members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have been discussing how to govern e-commerce and the data that underpins it. Using qualitative techniques to analyse these communications, the authors of this paper found that throughout the 22-year period, member states were...
Report

Too many eggs in the dragon’s basket?

Since the publication of part one of this paper, further deterioration in the Australia-China political and trading relationships has occurred. This paper seeks to identify if, where and how Australia can diversify its export base.
Report

The logic of China’s economic coercion on Australian agriculture

The imposition of Chinese trade barriers against Australian agricultural exports have been widely reported, but they leave a series of unanswered questions. Why is China targeting particular industries with particular instruments? What are the costs of the barriers for Australia and China? What are the...
Fact sheet

Overview: the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a regional free trade agreement that will complement and build upon Australia’s existing free trade agreements with 14 other Indo-Pacific countries. This resources provides an overview of what has been agreed to.