Trade & IP Unit

Economics & Deregulation / Trade & IP Unit

The purpose of the Trade and Intellectual Property Unit is to educate policymakers and the public about the value of intellectual property to Australia's economy, and the importance of expanding free trade across the world. Institute of Public Affairs publications have focused on developing the case for intellectual property, examining the significance of the 'fair trade' movement, and looking at looming treats to free trade.

Sub-topics of Trade & IP Unit

News

The TPP isn't the bogey-treaty that we think it is

Trade & IP Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 16th June, 2015

The debate about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has gotten far, far ahead of itself. On Friday morning, the US House of Representatives voted...

Abbott deserves only praise for embracing free trade

Trade & IP Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 18th November, 2014

The economics of trade can be a little counter-intuitive. This is no more so than for its central lesson, which is this: the benefits of tariff...

Bilateral trade deals simply a political plaything

Economics & Deregulation and Trade & IP Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 15th April, 2014

Bilateral free trade agreements are political confidence tricks. Far from encouraging trade liberalisation, the trade negotiation process holds it...

It's not just about trade deals but also reforms at home

Trade & IP Unit | Tim Wilson
Australian Financial Review 10th October, 2013

Tony Abbott is broadly on the right trade track, but may find more success in unilateral liberalisation than waiting for other countries to step up...

Yes we can... with exceptions, qualifications and requirements

Trade & IP Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 23rd November, 2011

Barack Obama told the Australian Parliament last Thursday that our country and his are "among the most open economies on Earth". This is true, as...

Free trade tied up in knots

Trade & IP Unit | John Roskam
The Australian Financial Review 18th November, 2011

We should welcome the fact that Australia will be the shower head capital of the world thanks to what happened in Honolulu a few days ago. Leaders...

Publications

An unsustainable economic transformation: How Green groups are creating false foundations and restricting the Australian economy

MEDIA RELEASE | Tim Wilson

An unsustainable economic transformation: How Green groups are creating false foundations and restricting the Australian economy. Released 7 November 2011.

An unsustainable economic transformation

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson

An unsustainable economic transformation: How Green groups are creating false foundations and restricting the Australian economy. Released 7 November 2011.

Trading away competitiveness: green priorities influencing Australian trade policy

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson

Trading away competitiveness: green priorities influencing Australian trade policy