Heroes of the hour.
The US sealed a deal with Japan, Australia and nine other countries on the biggest trade deal since the WTO was founded in 1995. But no time for champagne just yet, a few obstacles remain.
The balance of trade positions of Australian agriculture and food manufacturing have deteriorated since FTAs with New Zealand, the United States and Thailand have come into play.
Analysis of free trade agreements with New Zealand, the US and Thailand show these failed to boost Australian agriculture and food imports.
Storm clouds are gathering in the Pacific.
Clouds via www.shutterstock.com
Disputes over intellectual property and car parts are emerging as last-minute hurdles as negotiators race to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of elections.
Trade minister Andrew Robb attends negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership in Sydney last year.
Dan Himbrechts/AAP Image
Over the next few weeks, the trade minister will be under intense pressure to renege on the government’s commitment to reject anything in the Trans Pacific Partnership that could undermine the PBS.
Negotiators appear to be giving Japan’s rice farmers short shrift.
Rice via www.shutterstock.com
Japanese negotiators in Maui appear to be bending to American pressure to accept more US rice imports. The flood of grain, local farmers say, will end their way of life.
Republicans and Democrats have a hard time agreeing on anything, but the issue of trade seems to defy party affiliation.
Teeter totter via www.shutterstock.com
The passage of fast-track trading authority represents a rare moment of bipartisan compromise. How did it happen?
Trade Minister Andrew Robb continues to argue the case for the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership.
While Australians understand the political benefits of free trade agreements, many remain divided on the economic merit.
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
The Global South will be left out in the cold if trade deals go ahead.
The fight over fast-track trade authority increasingly resembles a Shakespearean tragedy.
Tempest via www.shutterstock.com
Events in Washington this week on the proposed historic 12-member Trans-Pacific trade agreement have had all the key elements of a Shakespearean tragedy. A resolute, noble and well-intentioned ruler (played…
Unimpressed MEPs take a stand on TTIP.
MEPs are fuming that they were denied a debate on the controversial trade deal.
If the proposals are agreed, they could delay the market entry of generic medicines in the region – and the impact will be felt around the world.
Seven rounds of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership have already taken place with virtually no public debate. The next round of negotiations begins today in Kyoto, Japan.
President Clinton trumpeted NAFTA’s labor protections when he signed the deal into law in 1993.
NAFTA promised strong labor protections but failed to deliver. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is headed in the same direction.
John Kerry talks trade with workers at Boeing
POOL New/ Reuters
Washington is in the midst of a heated debate over President Obama’s proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. It certainly has created some unorthodox political bedfellows. The president is…
Fast-track proponents say passing trade promotion authority is key to supporting US exports.
Passage of trade promotion authority is still far from certain, but yesterday's Senate vote may signal good news for the trade deals it's meant to help.
Australian cattle wait to be loaded onto a ship to Indonesia. Their voyage to the United States would be even longer.
AAP Image/Xavier La Canna
Australia's cattle industry is keen to begin live exports to the United States. But America is very different to existing live export markets such as Indonesia, making the move much more ethically fraught.
Senator Warren has had pointed words on the subject of TPA.
While the Obama Administration vociferously disagrees, Trade Promotion Authority opens the door to watering down financial reform.
Leaked details around a investor-state dispute settlement clause in a major free trade agreement have sparked debate.
AAP Image/NewZulu/Peter Boyle
Despite arguments that a controversial clause in the Transpacific Partnership will not affect sovereignty, governments would be foolish to agreeing to it.
Despite assurances from Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb, the TPP could negatively affect Australian health policy.
The latest part of the TPP to be leaked is its investment chapter. And like almost everything we know about the secretive negotiations for the agreement, it provides plenty of cause for concern.
Secrecy around investor state dispute settlement clauses in the Transpacific Partnership has stoked concerns.
AAP Image/NewZulu/Peter Boyle
The secrecy around negotiations of the Transpacific Partnership have been painted as sinister. But could the reasons be about practicality?
Central to the processes of the PBS is the idea that drugs with identical or similar clinical outcomes should have similar prices.
Ten years on from the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, Australia is entering another round of negotiations towards the new and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this Free Trade Scorecard series…