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If the cap fits…. Brexiters pin hopes on Free Trade Agreements. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

How would post-Brexit trade deals actually work?

Supporters of the campaign to get Britain out of the European Union are touting the prospects for trade deals around the world. The true prospects, however, are far from benign.
These Vietnamese tea farmers are set to benefit from the deal. Others might not be so lucky. Nguyen Huy Kham/Reuters

The Trans-Pacific Partnership poses a grave threat to sustainable development

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.
About 98% of US exporters are small businesses. Cargo ship via www.shutterstock.com

We may have cinched TPP, but is US trade a lost cause?

The signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership belies the fact that the US's share of trade in the region has been declining for some time.
The new Trans-Pacific trade deal has its sights squarely on financial services. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Growing our services industry will be the main gain from the TPP

Trade minister Andrew Robb must now "sell" the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership - he could do worse than to concentrate on how our services sector will gain.
Representatives of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries at a press conference in Atlanta, after a deal was reached. EPA/Erik S. Lesser

Why biologics were such a big deal in the Trans Pacific Partnership

Before the last round of negotiations, only a handful of issues remained in the way of concluding the TPP. A potential deal-breaker for Australia was intellectual property protections for biologics.
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. Flickr/Phil Greenhalgh

Free trade agreements fail to boost Australian agriculture and food manufacturing

Analysis of free trade agreements with New Zealand, the US and Thailand show these failed to boost Australian agriculture and food imports.
Attorney General George Brandis believes a recent court decision backing an environmental group is an illegitimate use of the law. Is he right? AAP/Lukas Coch

The government vs the environment: lawfare in Australia

The federal government want to stop green groups from using "lawfare". But proposed changes threaten to seriously curtail public interest litigation in Australia.

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