Tim Blair


New Criterion



Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Who gets the better of the new US-Australia free trade deal? Who knows. If both sides are better off does it matter so much?

Who thinks it's a bum deal for Australia? Henny Herald's economically-illiterate political reporters Tom Allard and Marian Wilkinson.

US gets upper hand in trade deal

Who else would like to have a bilateral FTA with the USA? Every country that hasn't got one.

Who can not afford a more prosperous Australia with stronger links to the US? The usual suspects.

Will Mark Lithium's Labor, like Lord Bob Brown's Greens, pull the house down to get more sunlight on its face? We'll just have to wait and see.


Free trader Alan Oxley sees the benefits.

AUSTRALIA'S dreadful trade problems have just become worse. thinks Ross Garnaut.

It offers important benefits to Australia says Greg Sheridan.

The US lobbies aren't celebrating either:

Barbara Spangler, a trade specialist for the National Association of Wheat Growers, said her group was disappointed the pact does nothing to loosen the monopoly control that Australia's AWB has over wheat exports.

The Coalition for Sugar Reform, which represents food processors and other groups opposed to the U.S. sugar program, condemned the agreement as "a political payoff" to sugar farmers ahead of this year's presidential election.