Britain and Australia should embrace unilateral free trade

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The Sydney Morning Herald

31 January 2017

Post-Brexit, Britain and Australia should embrace unilateral free trade

Australian Chamber of Commerce chief executive James Pearson deserves support for his suggestions in a recent comment article about how Australia should best respond to Brexit and similar world trade developments. The other national industry associations such as the Business Council of Australia, the National Farmers Federation and the Exporter’s Group should emulate his progressive thinking and focus on the national interest in trade policy.

Mr Pearson was commenting on a foreword to a recent report by the Free Enterprise Group entitled Reconnecting with the Commonwealth: the UK’s free trade opportunities, written by former prime minister Tony Abbott. Abbott offered a timely reminder that free trade is in everyone’s interest, and recommended that post-Brexit, Australia should do a one-page free trade deal with Britain.

Read the full article at the Sydney Morning Herald by Malcolm Bosworth and Greg Cutbush

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