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Australia's interests in the WTO

Chairman's speech

On 5 April 2002, the Chairman Gary Banks presented a paper to the conference 'Towards Opportunity and Prosperity' organised by The Australian and The Melbourne Institute. His address to the Plenary Session on Globalisation followed a video conference hook-up with Mike Moore, WTO Director General in Geneva.

Contents

The global benefits of the World Trade Organization
Economic benefits
The WTO has some blemishes

What's in it for Australia?
Domestic reform is still the main game

Key elements of the Doha Round agenda
Promoting development
Agriculture: maybe this time?
The services frontier

Threats and opportunities for the WTO
Investment liberalisation?
Environmental standards
Labour standards
Regional trade arrangements

Shoring up national support

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