19
Jul
2011

Transparency in trade policy

by


Saul Eslake

When trade barriers are removed, the country removing the barrier often benefits most. All Australians have benefited from the Productivity Commission’s role in persuading policy makers to remove Australia’s trade barriers, often unilaterally. The Productivity Commission should also be given a role to review proposed trade agreements. Government fears that the Productivity Commission’s “quantitative analysis can be highly misleading” are misplaced.