From wool and gold to minerals, manufacturing and services, Trading Nation: Advancing Australia’s interests in world markets examines the history of Australia’s trade since Federation and tackles questions which are central to our future:
• How can trade policy address our faltering productivity performance and lift living standards?
• What value can be salvaged from the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations?
• What can we expect from new free trade agreements?
• Is there more we can do to expand trade with Europe, India and Latin America?
Trading Nation is an important new book about Australia’s trade. It is written by three former senior staff of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) with wide and extensive experience in trade policy and analysis. It is published by NewSouth Publishing (University of New South Wales Press).
Trading Nation was launched by Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb, in Sydney on 27 November 2013.
‘Trading Nation lucidly lays out the dimensions of trade policy settings and trends. It is informative and easy to follow. The emphasis on domestic economic reform, if Australia is to remain a successful trading nation, is spot on.’ — Tim Fischer AC, former Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Trade
‘I hope that the wide ranging and comprehensive coverage of trade and trade policy issues in Trading Nation plays a part in building community understanding and consensus around the reforms Australia must make to have a competitive twenty-first century economy.’ — Simon Crean, former Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party & Minister for Trade
‘This book fills a huge gap in the literature on the practice and goals of Australian trade policy. It brings together three lifetimes of experience in the trade policy trenches to inform thinking about ways forward on trade policy strategy.’ — Peter Drysdale AM, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
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