In a co-ordinated push with The Australian, the government has embarked on an attempt to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and burnish its free-trade credentials.

Later this week, the "TPP 11" -- the TPP signatories minus the United States -- will meet in Vietnam ahead of the APEC leaders' summit to try to agree on a new deal in the wake of Donald Trump killing off US participation. Malcolm Turnbull, backed by Japan, wants to keep the TPP 11 just the way it was when the US was involved, in the hope that a post-Trump administration will want to join in. Other participants are rather less keen on that idea, including our neighbours across the Tasman.