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FTA ’a dud deal’

ABC, Australia

FTA ’a dud deal’

5 January 2006

There are calls today for Australia to scrap the free trade agreement.

Dr Elizabeth Thurbon from the School of Politics and International Relations at New South Wales University, says the trade figures released this week show the FTA is a dud for Australian farmers.

"This agreement can be terminated by either party by giving six months notice in writing," she said.

"Certainly our argument would be that the imperative to do that should be sooner rather than later.

"There is that option to terminate the agreement altogether and given what a dud deal it is, we would argue that that should be considered as an option by all Australians."