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.
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The Productivity Commission and its chairman Peter Harris have gone hunting for political sacred cows again, slamming protectionism, national security spending and handouts to business.
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How should Australia respond if protectionism ramps up across the world? And what can governments do to convince voters of the benefits of free trade? The Productivity Commission has some interesting answers.
Donald Trump need have no concerns about Australia on trade -- we long ago sacrificed our economic interests to our imperial overlord.
References to fighting protectionism are now verboten in the world's premier economic bodies as the Trump denialism has to be accommodated, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.