Cyclists take over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during a Critical Mass protest event in 2000.
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In 1999, ahead of World Trade Organisation protests, a group of Australian activists created the first open internet publishing platform. This technology is the basis of the internet we know today.
“Under my leadership Australia’s international engagement will be squarely driven by Australia’s national interests”, said Morrison.
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Delivering the Lowy Lecture on Thursday night, Morrison said Australia “cannot afford to leave it to others to set the standards that will shape our global economy”.
A Hong Kong pro-democracy protester on 11 August 2019.
Beijing's view of the rule of law is very different to what most of the rest of the world understands.
Trump met with Chinese delegates to discuss trade.
American and Chinese trade negotiators are pushing hard to get a deal, but a major sticking point remains: ensuring China honors any promises it makes.
Barley is the perfect scapegoat. China’s real concerns about Australia go deeper.
China's so-called anti-dumping action against Australia is really an action against Australia's overuse of anti-dumping provisions. Barley producers are caught in the crossfire.
China controls 50% of the global steel industry but doesn’t export much to America.
China supplies just 2% of America's steel, while Canada and Europe have sizeable shares and Australian steel producers depend on access to US markets.
US President Donald Trump in 2017 and George W. Bush in 2008.
On March 1, Donald Trump imposed a series of steel and aluminum tariffs. To understand their potential impact, it's instructive to look at what happened after George W. Bush enacted similar measures in 2002.
Eliminating trade barriers on green technologies could help countries to shift away from fossil fuels.
Climate change will have a big impact on the global economy, for better or worse. We explore four issues that bring climate and trade negotiations head to head.
Former Attorney-General Nicola Roxon backed Australia’s plain tobacco packaging legislation at the time of its 2012 challenge in the High Court. The latest World Trade Organisation dispute is the third major challenge on legal or trade grounds.
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has reportedly backed Australia’s laws on plain tobacco packaging implemented from December 2012. The apparent decision marks the end of the last of three cases brought…
Just a sample of the $1.2 trillion of goods traded every month.
A new WTO trade deal is expected to provide up to $1 trillion in economic gains by eliminating bureaucracy. But that's not its most important benefit.
We could be witnessing the beginning of globalisation going in reverse.
Only by importing and manufacturing generic drugs can developing nations afford to meet their people’s health care needs.
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After nearly two decades of legal battles and negotiations, South Africa is moving to cut the cost of medicines with policies to increase imports and local production of generic drugs.
The Uruguayan government's victory over Philip Morris should embolden other countries to introduce stronger tobacco-control policies.
Should killing too many fish be dealt with in the same way as war crimes?
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The world has global authorities for trade and security, but not for threats to the environment. It's time the natural world got its own version of the World Trade Organisation or UN Security Council.
If the cap fits…. Brexiters pin hopes on Free Trade Agreements.
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.
The global multilateral trade regime is being challenged by a plethora of regional trade deals.
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The multilateral system is under challenge from a surge of bilateral and regional trade deals.
New EU rules on GM attempt to unblock logjam that has hung over the technology in the region for most of this century. To work, anti-GM member states and Big Biotech will need to cooperate.
A trade spat between India and the US was the most serious threat to the WTO in years.
Despite sluggishness in the world economy, global trade reached an astonishing US$23 trillion last year. The World Trade Organization has been the primary guarantor of this extraordinary growth in global…
A green trade deal would encourage the development of renewable energy in big carbon emitters such as China.
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…
There is scant evidence that ‘aid for trade’ programs have any impact on lifting the poorest people globally out of poverty.
Even before assuming office, foreign minister Julie Bishop was clear on the Coalition’s approach to foreign aid: “aid for trade” was touted as the primary strategy of the Coalition’s aid program. Last…