Trade & IP Unit

Economics & Deregulation / Trade & IP Unit

The purpose of the Trade and Intellectual Property Unit is to educate policymakers and the public about the value of intellectual property to Australia's economy, and the importance of expanding free trade across the world. Institute of Public Affairs publications have focused on developing the case for intellectual property, examining the significance of the 'fair trade' movement, and looking at looming treats to free trade.

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Bilateral trade deals simply a political plaything

Economics & Deregulation and Trade & IP Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 15th April, 2014

Bilateral free trade agreements are political confidence tricks. Far from encouraging trade liberalisation, the trade negotiation process holds it...

It's not just about trade deals but also reforms at home

Trade & IP Unit | Tim Wilson
Australian Financial Review 10th October, 2013

Tony Abbott is broadly on the right trade track, but may find more success in unilateral liberalisation than waiting for other countries to step up...

Yes we can... with exceptions, qualifications and requirements

Trade & IP Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 23rd November, 2011

Barack Obama told the Australian Parliament last Thursday that our country and his are "among the most open economies on Earth". This is true, as...

Free trade tied up in knots

Trade & IP Unit | John Roskam
The Australian Financial Review 18th November, 2011

We should welcome the fact that Australia will be the shower head capital of the world thanks to what happened in Honolulu a few days ago. Leaders...

Free trade reform must look beyond tariffs

Trade & IP Unit | Tim Wilson
The Drum 2nd November, 2011

The Gillard Government's recent rhetoric on free trade deserves praise. Now they have to deliver. At a CHOGM business forum last week the Prime...

Why doubt free trade with China?

Trade & IP Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 27th October, 2011

On Wednesday Tony Abbott told The Age that he would make a free trade agreement with China less of a priority than one with Japan - because China,...

Protecting industries and living standards

Trade & IP Unit | Alan Moran
Herald Sun 16th September, 2011

Free trade provides the cheapest goods and services for the consumer and increases real living standards. But pressures for increased industry...

Free trade: offering the best value to consumers and producers

Trade & IP Unit | Alan Moran
Online Opinion 16th September, 2011

Developments in Australian Trade Policy The Productivity Commission (PC) annually undertakes comprehensive estimates of industry protection, which...

Abbott lines up with left-wing union on protectionism

Economics & Deregulation and Trade & IP Unit | Chris Berg
The Sunday Age 14th August, 2011

The Coalition's position on anti-dumping laws is part of a worrying trend. Rarely does the federal opposition line up with the Australian Workers'...

It's Friday. Are you even aware of what else today is?

Trade & IP Unit | Tim Wilson
The Punch 6th May, 2011

Most of us should be pretty happy it's Friday - even if it means the end of Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week. (Tourette Syndrome is never, ever...

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