The Productivity Commission warns Australia is continuing its drift into lazy protectionism when it should be standing up for free and rules-based international trade.
Labor is waving through legislation that goes against its own policy, and is simultaneously worried about rising trade barriers but also wants to raise our own. Go figure.
If you're a foreign company targeted under Australia's protectionist anti-dumping laws, be prepared to settle in and wait. The bureaucracy responsible for protectionism likes to take it time, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.
Posturing by business on energy policy is a disguise for self-interest and a demand for more handouts and protection for companies like BlueScope Steel, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.
The government could carve $2 billion out of the costs of the construction sector right now -- but instead wants to increase those costs, and Labor, business and the unions agree.
Labor's hastily assembled steel policy is a silly resort to pseudo-protectionism and bureaucracy for an industry that should be allowed to compete or die.
The Productivity Commission has launched an assault on one of the last bastions of Australian protectionism, anti-dumping.