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Harper Review: reform still slinks past the long shadows of the powerful

Bernard Keane November 25, 2015 16 Comments

The government's response to the Harper review of competition law follows a pattern of reforming only if it doesn't upset powerful interests.

Trade deal will provide new weapon against whistleblowers

Trade deal will provide new weapon against whistleblowers

Bernard Keane October 14, 2015 10 Comments

The TPP will provide companies with a new weapon to use against whistleblowers, a leaked chapter reveals.

Australia squeaks through TPP copyright compliance thanks to piracy bill

Australia squeaks through TPP copyright compliance thanks to piracy bill

Josh Taylor October 12, 2015 14 Comments

The timing of the piracy site-blocking bill is somewhat curious ...

A ‘secret’ trade deal and the damage done

A ‘secret’ trade deal and the damage done

Bernard Keane October 5, 2015 14 Comments

If trade ministers have reached a deal on the TPP, it will just be the start of a process by which Australia's national interests will be further damaged.

Australia’s stance in IP negotiations: ‘That didn’t work, let’s do it again.’

Crikey September 14, 2015 2 Comments

As the US free-trade agreement turns 10, intellectual property associate professor Kimberlee Weatherall asks: what did it really do for copyright owners?

Calls for TPP transparency likely to fall on DFAT ears

Calls for TPP transparency likely to fall on DFAT ears

Bernard Keane April 1, 2015 7 Comments

There's a consensus among independent economic agencies that we are going about "free trade agreements" the wrong way, but the government is unlikely to listen as it prepares to cave in to US intellectual property demands.

Toyota v Tesla: eliminating patent trolls to save the hydrogen car

Toyota v Tesla: eliminating patent trolls to save the hydrogen car

Crikey January 15, 2015 10 Comments

Without an open approach to sharing intellectual property, clean energy technologies will be at the mercy of corporate patent trolls, writes ANU College of Law associate professor Dr Matthew Rimmer.

Trade officials gather in Canberra — to undermine the national interest

Trade officials gather in Canberra — to undermine the national interest

Bernard Keane October 20, 2014 11 Comments

Canberra is hosting the current round of talks to try to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty -- despite the damage it will inflict on the national interest.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: a Halloween horror-show

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: a Halloween horror-show

Crikey October 17, 2014 20 Comments

The latest draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, released by WikiLeaks, is a literal Mickey Mouse agreement, writes Dr Matthew Rimmer, associate professor at ANU college of law.

Keane: Harper’s review suggests (gasp!) an economy to benefit consumers

Keane: Harper’s review suggests (gasp!) an economy to benefit consumers

Bernard Keane September 24, 2014 9 Comments

The draft review of competition policy by Ian Harper presents the Coalition -- and all politicians -- with a challenge of reforms long ignored by governments.