October 7, 2015 34
The TPP is not all it seems, writes economist and freelance journalist Jason Murphy.
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.
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.
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.
April 12, 2011 11
Australian business has an ordinary record of backing economic reform.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.