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PACER Plus: the case against
For the Pacific Island Countries, PACER Plus represents a squandered opportunity to address the real development needs of the region and a waste of time and significant resources.
Reko Diq Case: NAB unearths corruption to the tune of billions
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Balochistan has collected irrefutable evidence revealing that billions of rupees have been lost to the national exchequer in the Reko Diq project after the bureau scrutinized its 30-year record.
Australia calls for China to ’play by the rules’ after reports of multibillion-dollar trade bans
The Morrison government has called on China to come clean on whether a range of Australian export sectors worth billions of dollars a year will face new curbs from Friday amid increasing tensions between the two countries.
Is the Pacific’s new trade deal an early Xmas gift or a double edged sword?
There are mixed reactions in the Pacific to a new free trade deal which comes into force in December.
Ag starts to come into focus in next round of UK trade talks
Sensitive topics including agriculture are likely to start to come into greater focus in the next round of free trade agreement negotiations between the United Kingdom and Australia.
Another Australian miner sues another poor country, this time Barrick’s Porgera in PNG
Australian mining companies are increasingly using ISDS processes and are being awarded billions based on dubious calculations of potential lost profits by unaccountable international tribunals.
Australia says it’s ready to talk to China about their trade dispute
Australia wants dialogue with China to resolve their trade dispute and clear up any misunderstandings with its largest trading partner, Australian agriculture minister David Littleproud told CNBC Friday.
UK-Australia FTA needs more scrutiny and better food and environmental protections
UK civil society groups respond to Liz Truss’s statement on UK-Australia trade deal negotiations.
Britain open to Aussie-style EU trade deal but Australia wants more
Australia is far from happy with its arrangements with the EU and is pushing for the better market access that only a fully-fledged trade deal with the wealthy 27-member bloc would bring.
Japan and Australia wary of China as RCEP talks enter last stretch
With India, Australia and Japan intent on pursuing their arrangement in parallel, the road looks relatively clear for an RCEP accord in November. Even if there are still a few points of contention, the 15 countries may sign an "agreement in principle".
Indonesia: IA-CEPA - Impact on data localization and offshore data transfers in Indonesia
This article focuses on the treatment of electronic systems and data, such as data localization and personal data protection In Indonesia due to the IA-CEPA.
Unions insist they must be consulted on trade deals
Unions in the UK, Australia and New Zealand have joined forces to call for decent jobs and workers’ rights to be protected under any deals on trade.
Australia seeks to further boost trade & ties with India to cut dependence on China
Australia’s escalating tensions with Beijing have shown up its reliance on China trade and propelled a push to increase links with Asia’s other giant economy, India.
Free trade agreements define the way our agricultural exporters do business
Australia’s agricultural export performance over the past 15 years has been supported by the proliferation of free trade agreements.
Economic diplomacy: Borders, barriers and obstacles
The big reshoring question is still about how much foreign investment will shift from China due to a combination of rising production costs and more fractious diplomatic relationships.
Australian mining firm launches arbitration proceedings against Poland
Australian mining firm Prairie Mining has launched international arbitration proceedings against Poland, claiming damages for the alleged hindering of the development of its two coal mines located in the country.
Mining companies dominate ISDS treaty-shopping claims from Australian companies
Australia, with its many Bilateral Investment Treaties and FTAs, contributes to a system of treaty shopping by mining companies looking to sue governments over unfavourable decisions.
Australian government to review its Bilateral Investment Treaties
The Australian Federal Government has announced it is reviewing the bilateral investment treaties (BITs) to which Australia is a party.
Pacific trade agreement opponents to have their say
Australian, Tongan and Fijian opponents to a new Pacific trade agreement will give evidence at a parliamentary hearing.
Barrick to appeal lost challenge over PNG mining rights
Barrick Gold Corp has lost a court challenge in Papua New Guinea over rights to a highlands gold mine and intends to appeal to the country’s Supreme Court.