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RCEP talks may spill over to 2019, Govt to hold parleys with China, others: Prabhu
India will hold talks with Australia, New Zealand and China on Free-trade agreement in addition to Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
Australia, Indonesia wrap up talks on free trade agreement
Canberra was pushing for more beef imports into Indonesia. Jakarta’s trade priority is removal of barriers and tariffs.
Free trade ’agreement’ between Australia, Indonesia only one page long
An Indonesian foreign ministry briefing confirmed that the agreement Australian Prime Minister hopes to sign will only be a preliminary one.
Grain growers, cattlemen big winners in free trade deal with Indonesia
The free trade agreement with Indonesia is set to give grain growers new avenues into their biggest wheat market and put cattle producers in northern Australia on their strongest footing since 2011.
Australia to make FTA with Indonesia imminent
New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit Indonesia with the goal of concluding the free trade deal between the two countries
Latest TPP a parade of corporate favours masquerading as free trade
Bad for workers, bad for taxpayers, bad for the environment, bad for Australia. The latest iteration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a boon for multinational corporations.
Tell federal MPs and Senators: vote NO to TPP-11
The TPP-11 implementing legislation is now being reviewed by a Joint Parliamentary Committee on which the government has a majority.
Secrecy shrouds cost to Australian taxpayer in controversial trade dispute
US energy company is seeking $350m in compensation in so-called ISDS case over gas turbines in Pilbara.
EU-Australia FTA: EU proposals (July 2018)
As released by the European Commission
Indian farm product tariffs curbing Australian exports, says Minister
Australia exported A$1.3 billion ($964 million) of agricultural goods to China in 2015/16, according to the latest figures from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Community groups say no to the TPP-11 at Senate inquiry
“AFTINET will present evidence today to a Senate inquiry that the TPP-11 increases corporate rights at the expense of people’s rights and the environment and should not be implemented,” AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.
UK set to start domestic consultation on first free-trade deals, including with NZ
The British Government has authorised preparations to begin for free-trade negotiations with New Zealand, Australia and the United States and to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership
Revealed: $39m cost of defending Australia’s tobacco plain packaging laws
Two years after an FOI claim was lodged, the price of the six-year fight with Philip Morris has been revealed
FTA negotiations: EU beefs up trade talks with Australia
Farmers can look forward to greater access to the highly protected European Union, but it is still to be seen how big an impact a free trade agreement between Australia and the world’s largest trading bloc will have on the red meat industry.
India, Australia trade ministers to discuss bilateral, regional trade pacts
India and Australia will discuss ways to re-start the long pending proposed bilateral free trade pact and iron out obstacles in the on-going negotiations for the ambitious Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership at the Joint Ministerial Commission meeting in Canberra next week.
Australia targets non-tariff measures in bid to secure FTA grain trade
A range of non-tariff measures (NTM) that can prevent the FTA functioning as imagined, Grain Trade Australia’s CEO says.
Rally protests trade agreement
More than 100 members of unions, aid and development organisations, health, environment and other groups rallied in Sydney outside the Parliament’s public hearing on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership.
India in talks with China, Australia, New Zealand to crack mega trade deal
India is holding bilateral dialogues with China, Australia and New Zealand to get them to agree to less ambitious tariff cuts for sensitive products. The aim is to end the logjam in the negotiations for the mega regional trade bloc, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
It’s time to stop giving more rights to global corporations
Despite this growing rejection of ISDS, the Australian government claims that ambiguous general “safeguards” in the TPP-11 will protect public interest laws.
Tough talk over medicine and cheese as Australia and Europe seek a $37b trade deal
Trade Minister Steven Ciobo has promised to take a hard line with Europe on the question of cheap medicines and his counterpart Cecilia Malmström foresees “difficult” negotiations over Australian producers using European names such as "parmesan".