Topic archives: tariffs

The art of the deal

The art of the deal

March 9, 2018

Think we’re better than Trump on protectionism? Think again.

March 6, 2018 16

We're little better than Donald Trump when it comes to protecting our steel industry. And we're paying for the stupidity.

Why smart economists hate the TPP (and you should too)

Why smart economists hate the TPP (and you should too)

October 7, 2015 34

The TPP is not all it seems, writes economist and freelance journalist Jason Murphy.

Toyota decision should herald the immediate end of car tariffs

Toyota decision should herald the immediate end of car tariffs

February 11, 2014 14

The decision by Toyota to end manufacturing in Australia means there is no further rationale for our remaining car tariffs. The government should immediately dump them.

Plan B? How a green tariff could save the carbon price

Plan B? How a green tariff could save the carbon price

January 6, 2014 22

Here's a way to save the carbon price; levy a green tariff at the border, so Australian industry doesn't suffer. Critics say that would breach international trade law, but hold on -- Crikey has found that's not necessarily the case.

Time to get real on the (in)significance of the car industry

Time to get real on the (in)significance of the car industry

December 10, 2013 23

The car industry is a footnote in the Australian economy, not the huge employer it once was. Its loss will have limited economic impacts, and now is a good time for tough decisions.

The strange reform hypocrisy of Australian business

April 12, 2011 11

Australian business has an ordinary record of backing economic reform.

Merry Christmas (banana war is over)

December 16, 2009

The European Union has finally agreed to lower tariffs on banana imports, ending the 15-year "banana war" over the preferential treatment given to growers in the Caribbean and Africa over those in South America.

Oz should follow China’s lead on car industry

August 15, 2008

China has done the most obvious thing and lifted sales taxes on cars with big engines to make them more costly: without actually saying so, it's effectively a tax on fuel consumption, writes Glenn Dyer.

Bracks report: An additional two billion dollar handout to the car industry

August 15, 2008 7

The Bracks review of the car industry released this morning is already getting headlines for steering away from recommending the retention of the current 10% tariff on imported vehicles, writes Bernard Keane.

Not another review of the textile, clothing and footwear industry!

September 27, 2007

The most courageous, enduring and beneficial change that the Hawke ascendancy brought 25 years ago was in industry protection. Now, aspiring industry Minister Kim Carr wants to retard the industry’s shift into the global economy by halting the planned tariff reduction regime.

Cutting tariffs: short-term pain, long-term gain

July 19, 2007

Cutting tariffs below their current levels will of course harm the car industry. That’s actually how tariff cuts have helped economic growth in the last decade – by slowly moving resources from lower productivity industries to higher productivity industries, writes Nick Gruen.