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Standing Committee on Primary Industries, Resources and Rural and Regional Affairs

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Adjusting to agricultural trade reform: Australia no longer down under


The committee tabled its report Adjusting to agricultural trade reform: Australia no longer down under in 22 June 1998. Copies of the contents of the report (individual chapters and other sections of the report) are available in pdf format or from the Committee Secretariat.

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Key Conclusions and Recommendations

List of submissions  

Transcripts of public hearings

29/10/97 Canberra
26/11/97 Canberra
03/12/97 Canberra
04/03/98 Canberra
11/03/98 Canberra
25/03/98 Canberra

Media releases

Government Response: 23 May 2001 (PDF format 1,688KB)


Table of contents of report: Adjusting to agricultural trade reform: Australia no longer down under

Terms of Reference (Word format)

Membership of the Committee (Word format)

Preface (Word format)

Glossary and Abbreviations (Word format)

Key Conclusions and Recommendations

Chapter 1: Introduction (Word format)

Chapter 2: Globalisation and Liberalisation (Word format)

Globalisation and trade liberalisation
Trade Protectionism
International Trade Reform
World Trade Organization
Regional trade liberalisation
Bilateral trade negotiations

United States of America
Hong Kong
Establishing priorities
Trade reforms within Australia
Tariff reductions
Microeconomic reforms
Benefits and Costs of Australia's trade reforms
Employment benefits
Adjustment to change
Structural adjustment policies
Chapter 3: Awareness and Attitude (Word format)

Industry leadership attitudes
Grassroots attitudes
Developing Australia's Export Culture
Multicultural opportunities
Market information
Scholarship Placements
Schools Programs
Export Awards for Excellence
Winners and losers
Possible consequences of community resistance
The pace of unilateral reform
Revitalising support

Chapter 4: Information and Technology (Word format) Commonwealth Government information sources
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Department of Primary Industries and Energy
Supermarket to Asia
Need for a co-ordinated approach
Industry information
Internet potential
Building business opportunities
Information dissemination
Access and infrastructure
Electronic commerce and electronic trade
Electronic commerce
Electronic trade - UN Trade Point Development Centre
Chapter 5: Trade Barriers, Market Assess and Quarantine (Word format)

Continuing Trade Barriers
Specific Tariffs and other Non-Quarantine Barriers
Quarantine barriers
Negotiating Market Access
Australia's approach to domestic biosecurity
Administration of Australia's biosecurity
Chapter 6: Trade Impediments within Australia (Word format) Introduction
Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
AQIS export inspection role
AQIS fees and charges
AQIS services
Certification procedures
Subsidisation of inspection services
Other impediments to Australian competitiveness
Labour availability
Labour costs
Transport issues
Domestic transport costs
Stevedoring costs
Port to port transport
Taxation issues
Australian Anti-Dumping Arrangements
Chapter 7: Marketing Strategies (Word format) Introduction
Scale of production
Quality Management
Local market representation
Network arrangements
Network participation
Network failures and successes
Advantages of Networks
Statutory Marketing Arrangements
Effectiveness of Staff
Size of client
Value of Austrade services
Evaluating Austrade's performance
Chapter 8: Conclusion (Word format)

Dissent - Minority Report by Mr Peter Andren MP (Word format)

Appendix A: Index of Submissions and Exhibits (Word format)

Appendix B: Public Hearings, Inspections and Discussions (Word format)

Appendix C: Key Uruguay Round Outcomes for Australia (Word format)

Appendex D: Key Market Access Achievements for Agri-Food since mid 1996 (Word format)

Appendex E: Continuing Market Access Issues for Australian Agricultural Products (Word format)

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