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Australia's Approach to Forthcoming Trade Negotiations

Productivity Commission submission

This submission was released in July 2001. The submission was written in response to a request from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for public comment on the approach that Australia should take to the Fourth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), to be held in November 2001 in Qatar, and any subsequent trade negotiations.

In this submission the Commission provides comments on: why and how the Australian government should continue to support trade liberalisation and the WTO system; Australia's main interests in the agenda for a new round of multilateral negotiations; and other trade-related matters where the Commission has undertaken relevant research.

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Contents

Preliminaries
Cover, Copyright, Foreword, DFAT Request For Public Comment, Contents, Abbreviations, Key Messages

1   Trade liberalisation and the WTO
1.1   The benefits of trade and its liberalisation
1.2   The contribution of the WTO system
1.3   Shoring-up national support for the international trading system

2   Key agenda items
2.1   Trade and development
2.2   Agriculture
2.3   Services

3   Other trade-related issues
3.1   Regional trade agreements
3.2   Environment and labour issues
3.3   Contingent protection
3.4   Risk analysis for quarantine measures
3.5   International arrangements for foreign investment

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