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Malcolm Turnbull risks provoking the conservatives within his party on the issue of same-sex marriage. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Turnbull tests the water on same-sex marriage

It was another good day at the office for the Turnbull government. Finally, Labor came on board with the China-Australia free trade agreement. And a package of changes for savings from family tax benefits…
Unions have campaigned hard against temporary labour provisions in the China Australia free trade agreement. AAP/NewZulu/Alex Bainbridge

Patching the flaws around ChAFTA’s labour provisions

The Australian government has powers it could use to patch the problems around temporary labour provisions in the China-Australia trade agreement.
AAP/Lukas Coch

Trade with China and the national interest

Trade policy is usually the eye-glazing preserve of policy wonks and public officials. Suddenly, however, it’s the epicentre of a debate that tells us much about the difficulties facing political parties…
The China-Australia FTA is more important to Canberra than Beijing, placing China at a distinct advantage.

The noodle-bowl effect: Australian trade is increasingly complex

Fact: over 585 regional trade agreements have been signed. Almost 400 are already operating. Australia is a signatory to at least 12 of them. An intricate web of cross-cutting free trade agreements (FTAs…
Advocates of free trade often overlook the goals - and the people - that free trade deals leave behind. Jeff Tan/AAP

Beware overselling the case for free trade

Following a fortnight of intense Australian international engagement in APEC and the G20, last week saw the culmination of nearly a decade’s worth of negotiations with China over a much-anticipated free…
Sales of infant formula are booming in China, attracting investment from new quarters. Shen Xiang/EPA/AAP

China’s ‘white gold’ infant formula rush comes at a public health cost

Alongside this week’s announcement of a free trade deal between China and Australia came reports of Gina Rinehart’s investment in a Queensland dairy operation to supply infant formula to China. Australia’s…
All eyes are on the renminbi. David Dennis/Flickr

The China FTA and the rise of the redback

Australia’s free trade deal with China will invariably boost bilateral trade and investment. But how trade and investment are settled also matters. Given the rise of the renminbi (RMB) in recent years…

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