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Australia new trade minister says UK, EU trade deals priority
Minister hopes FTAs with UK, EU will be finalised this year.
Prospects for an Australia–India trade deal
Negotiations on the Australia–India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) are set to restart after being suspended in 2015. Australia’s new Minister for Trade Dan Tehan has flagged that a trade deal with India will be one of his top priorities.
US attacks Australia’s ’extraordinary’ plan to make Google and Facebook pay for news
The US has said the proposed legislation could run counter to the US-Australia free trade agreement.
Clive Palmer could seek ’unquantifiable’ commonwealth compensation under Singapore free trade deal
Australian taxpayers could be on the hook for compensation following a dispute between the Western Australian government and Clive Palmer’s Mineralogy, federal budget papers reveal.
Trade deal with China was always useless, despite what our leaders wish us to believe
Such bilateral trade agreements produce little economic benefit — and certainly nothing like the absurd claims made for them by politicians.
RCEP has limited trade gains and ignores labour and human rights
Australia’s recent signature of the RCEP has attracted world attention for its significance in consolidating Asia-Pacific geopolitical relations. But in celebrating this agreement, we seem to have forgotten its unfinished business regarding labour and human rights.
PACER Plus: the case against
For the Pacific Island Countries, PACER Plus represents a squandered opportunity to address the real development needs of the region and a waste of time and significant resources.
Reko Diq Case: NAB unearths corruption to the tune of billions
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Balochistan has collected irrefutable evidence revealing that billions of rupees have been lost to the national exchequer in the Reko Diq project after the bureau scrutinized its 30-year record.
Australia calls for China to ’play by the rules’ after reports of multibillion-dollar trade bans
The Morrison government has called on China to come clean on whether a range of Australian export sectors worth billions of dollars a year will face new curbs from Friday amid increasing tensions between the two countries.
Is the Pacific’s new trade deal an early Xmas gift or a double edged sword?
There are mixed reactions in the Pacific to a new free trade deal which comes into force in December.
Ag starts to come into focus in next round of UK trade talks
Sensitive topics including agriculture are likely to start to come into greater focus in the next round of free trade agreement negotiations between the United Kingdom and Australia.
Another Australian miner sues another poor country, this time Barrick’s Porgera in PNG
Australian mining companies are increasingly using ISDS processes and are being awarded billions based on dubious calculations of potential lost profits by unaccountable international tribunals.
Australia says it’s ready to talk to China about their trade dispute
Australia wants dialogue with China to resolve their trade dispute and clear up any misunderstandings with its largest trading partner, Australian agriculture minister David Littleproud told CNBC Friday.
UK-Australia FTA needs more scrutiny and better food and environmental protections
UK civil society groups respond to Liz Truss’s statement on UK-Australia trade deal negotiations.
Britain open to Aussie-style EU trade deal but Australia wants more
Australia is far from happy with its arrangements with the EU and is pushing for the better market access that only a fully-fledged trade deal with the wealthy 27-member bloc would bring.
Japan and Australia wary of China as RCEP talks enter last stretch
With India, Australia and Japan intent on pursuing their arrangement in parallel, the road looks relatively clear for an RCEP accord in November. Even if there are still a few points of contention, the 15 countries may sign an "agreement in principle".
Indonesia: IA-CEPA - Impact on data localization and offshore data transfers in Indonesia
This article focuses on the treatment of electronic systems and data, such as data localization and personal data protection In Indonesia due to the IA-CEPA.
Unions insist they must be consulted on trade deals
Unions in the UK, Australia and New Zealand have joined forces to call for decent jobs and workers’ rights to be protected under any deals on trade.
Australia seeks to further boost trade & ties with India to cut dependence on China
Australia’s escalating tensions with Beijing have shown up its reliance on China trade and propelled a push to increase links with Asia’s other giant economy, India.
Free trade agreements define the way our agricultural exporters do business
Australia’s agricultural export performance over the past 15 years has been supported by the proliferation of free trade agreements.