Good morning, early birds. Australia and Indonesia are today expected to sign a far-reaching and much delayed free trade deal, and Labor announces it will target "cronyism" amongst the government's diplomatic appointments. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Australia's foolish protectionism, when accompanied by base political calculation, makes for a policy mess.
Queensland's Steve Ciobo isn't getting as far with free trade agreements as he might like, despite his clear enthusiasm for them.
Among the business community it’s apparently business as usual, writes Mandarin journalist David Donaldson.
Trade agreement deliver few benefits that simply removing our tariff barriers wouldn't provide -- and doing the latter is much quicker and cheaper.
Australia -- and the world -- is sliding back into protectionism, and it will impoverish us all.
If Parliament rejects the government's same-sex marriage plebiscite bill, voters want MPs to get on with voting for it, Essential Report shows.
The government's inconsistency on trade and protectionism render it incapable of dealing with the surge in economic populism.
Australia's businesses should be allowed to compete in a free-trade environment, writes James Pearson, CEO, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.