Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman announced the March 3 election on Sunday.
Malcolm Turnbull says people won't be casting a national vote until the due time of 2019 – although Labor is working on contingency plans for this year in case he changes his mind or is foxing.
Australia tried to negotiate a final deal for the TPP at the 2017 APEC meeting in Vietnam.
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The new TPP means fewer barriers for Australian exports, but there a number of loose ends – not least if the United States decides to rejoin.
Australia’s Trade Minister Steven Ciobo speaking after a meeting for the Trans Pacific Partnership in Vietnam.
Many provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been suspended after the United States pulled out. But there's still much to debate about the regional free trade agreement.
Protecting the patents of expensive medicines for longer would affect low-income countries.
Negotiators from 11 countries have been racing to resurrect the near-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this weekend.
Did the TPP die - or is it now a zombie?
NAFTA renegotiations may see provisions from the Trans-Pacific Partnership revive like zombies. We must remember their failures - on income inequality, labour and environmental protection.
US President Donald Trump signed an executive order withdrawing his country from the TPP within days of reaching office.
The TPP should still bring enough benefits for the remaining countries to make it worthwhile to go through the trouble of enacting it.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may have just demonstrated to other world leaders how to possibly approach President Donald Trump.
US President Donald Trump signs an executive order on the country’s withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership.
The agreement could be as good as dead, if, instead of pushing ahead without the US, its members decide to explore bilateral trade agreements with the country.
Trump must know low-tech manufacturing jobs are not coming back to America.
Many of the US’s current and mooted free trade negotiations are now dead in the water, but that doesn't mean it's game over for free trade.
Seven countries in the 12-member Trans-Pacific Partnership hail from the Asia Pacific.
Security and economic interests, in the guise of the 12-member Trans-Pacific Partnership (seven of which hail from the Asia-Pacific), are causing anxiety among US friends and allies.
China must boost its productivity to compete with TPP members.
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To create a resilient domestic economy, certain features of the “old” economy may still be required in China.
The anti-TPP movement got a boost from Trump.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is one of President Obama's biggest accomplishments of his second term. Can it survive the anti-trade tide in the race to replace him?
Indonesia must carefully consider the cost and benefits of joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Southeast Asia's biggest economy is eyeing to join the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, already signed by a dozen countries, including Australia.
Barack Obama has become adept at welcoming new Australian prime ministers to the White House.
2016 will be a year of transitions in the Australia-US relationship. Against a backdrop of change are three important issues: the fight against Islamic State, China, and passage of the TPP.
Western governments are threatening to undermine the encryption that keeps our online communications private.
An open letter signed by security experts from around the world is calling on governments to protect encryption rather than undermine it in a quixotic attempt to tackle terrorism.
Philip Morris tried to game the system. It lost.
Australia's plain packaging win over Philip Morris will kill the ISDS bogeyman.
APEC leaders in Manila this week.
Opposition against Investor-State Dispute Settlement clauses seems likely to fall away as Asian economies flock to the TPP.
These Vietnamese tea farmers are set to benefit from the deal. Others might not be so lucky.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been described by its backers as a boon for development. But with no concrete commitments, nor any mention of climate, it is really at odds with the UN development agenda.
The TPP has been released. Can its democratic deficit be overcome?
TPP negotiations have been covered in secrecy, and now as details have been released it only shows a wider democratic deficiency.
How many of these are still protected by copyright?
Copyright lasts the life of the author plus 70 years before it enters the public domain. But the author and their family are often not the beneficiary. Perhaps it's time for shrink that term.