Trade

October 2017

Government to move on illegal logging imports – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Trade and industry, Trade,

Assistant Minister for Agriculture Anne Ruston says Australia’s illegal logging laws are being improved to reduce compliance costs for timber importers and processors.

August 2017

Australia-Japan trade report coincides with 60th anniversary of trade deal – August 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Trade,

Trade and Investment Minister Steve Ciobo has released a new research report on Japanese investment in Australia, which, he says shows how one of Australia’s oldest economic partners is building on established ties to support the next wave of innovation and growth.

June 2017

Australia and New Zealand sign free trade agreement with opacific Island states – June 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Trade,

The Australian Government has signed-off on a trade agreement that it says will help drive economic growth and raise living standards in our region.

Minister lauds new country of origin labelling – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Trade,

Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos has visited shoppers to see first-hand the roll-out of new country of origin labels, designed to give consumers clearer and more meaningful origin information about the products they buy.

April 2017

Australia and China sign agreement for greater trade and investment – April 2017

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and industry, Trade,

Trade Minister Steven Ciobo and China’s Commerce Minister Zhong Shan have signed an agreement that will underpin greater trade and investment between the two countries.

Australia and China sign joint statement on enhancing agricultural trade – April 2017

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and industry, Trade,

The Australian Government has signed a joint statement with China to deliver greater market access for Australia’s red meat and live animal export industries.

March 2017

Exporters outlook optimistic – March 2017

Filed under: Trade and industry, Trade,

The Exporter Sentiment Index, produced by export credit agency Efic, indicates that small and medium exporters are confident about future trade growth and expect their exports to increase.

November 2016

Former trade minister joins Chinese port owner as consultant – November 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Economy, Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Former trade minister Andrew Robb has become a “high-level economic consultant” with the Chinese company Landbridge Group that now operates Darwin Port.

Joint Australia-New Zealand infrastructure initiative – November 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, Infrastructure, Trade,

The Australian and New Zealand governments have launched the Australia & New Zealand Infrastructure Pipeline (ANZIP), “reinforcing a shared commitment to Trans-Tasman collaboration, open markets, innovation and investment”.

October 2016

Australia and Singapore strengthen ties on trade, economic cooperation, defence – October 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Economy, Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector,

Agreements signed this month during an official visit to Australia by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong represent the most substantial upgrade in the Australia-Singapore relationship in a generation.

Senator joins in protest – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Senate, Trade and industry, Trade,

West Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam joined protesters outside State Parliament House in Perth where a Senate committee was conducting hearings on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Australian trade office in Iran to reopen – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and industry, Trade,

Australia’s trade office in Iran has reopened after the easing of sanctions that had isolated it from trade and investment with many countries like Australia.

Government offers trade app – October 2016

Filed under: Trade and industry, Trade,

The Government is helping Australian businesses become exporters through a new app called Export Essentials – the first of its kind specifically targeting the export community.

September 2016

Trade and growth at centre of Turnbull’s G20 pitch – September 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Economy, Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and industry,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged world leaders to resist rising calls for protectionism, mostly stemming from slow economic growth.

August 2016

Xenophon seeks to split Coalition on regulation and trade

Filed under: Politics, Senate, Trade and industry, Trade,

Nick Xenophon, now heading a three-member Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) Senate bloc – says the Turnbull Government is fundamentally misguided if it believes a concerted public advocacy effort can turn around a broad-based electoral backlash against globalisation and free trade.

July 2016

International and diplomatic security policy proposed – July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Public Sector, National Security, Trade and industry,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the Coalition has committed to invest $58 million over four years to expand Australia’s diplomatic network.

June 2016

Coalition outlines trade agreement plans – June 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the Coalition’s ambitious trade agenda is critical for job creation and growth.

May 2016

Australia looks towards new regional trade grouping – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

Australia has hosted the twelfth round of negotiations towards a major new free trade agreement – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

April 2016

Streamlined livestock export arrangements – April 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry, Agriculture, Trade,

The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, has announced that all livestock exporters can now apply for an approved arrangement to reduce red tape and streamline paperwork.

February 2016

Government commissions anti-dumping study of Asian steel in Australia – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Trade,

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Christopher Pyne has announced the Government has moved to the second stage of its anti-dumping reforms, commissioning a report on the impact of Asian steel makers in the Australian market.

Transpacific Partnership Agreement reaches next stage – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Trade,

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has formally signed the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) – which will see the elimination of 98 per cent of tariffs among 12 countries.

December 2015

China trade agreement comes into effect 20 December 2015 – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has announced that the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will come into force from 20 December.

November 2015

Government and Labor finalise ChAFTA agreement – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

The federal Government and Opposition have struck an agreement to ensure the passage through the Parliament of legislation to implement the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).

October 2015

European Commission plans free trade negotiations with Australia – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

The European Commission has released a new trade and investment strategy, confirming it will seek authorisation from the EU’s member countries, to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Australia.

Government and Labor negotiate on China trade deal ‘safeguards’ – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

An end appears to be in sight to the deadlock over ratification of China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

NSW redistribution could spark Labor infighting – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Opinion Polls, Tax, Trade,

Latest opinion polling is seen as a ringing endorsement of the Liberal Party’s switch to Malcolm Turnbull as leader. At the same time, though, it produced a negative approval rating of minus 21 per cent for Labor leader Bill Shorten.

A study in contrasts: investing political capital in advancing policy – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Budget, Financial System Inquiry, Superannuation, Tax,

Allowances need to be made – always – for embellishment and licence in farewell addresses, but by any standards Joe Hockey’s effort this week was truly delusional.

Negotiators reach agreement on Trans Pacific Partnership – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

The contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has finally been signed-off by negotiators after a marathon session in the American city of Atlanta.

Critics speak out as Coalition finds stride – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Economy, Immigration, Trade,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his ministers are treading carefully as they adjust to the change of leadership from Tony Abbott.

Greens call for TPP scrutiny – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

The Greens have expressed scepticism about the alleged benefits to flow from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and called for an urgent disclosure of the full text of the agreement.

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