by Tim Wilson, October 26, 2011
Today SD released a new report, Trading away competitiveness, on the influence of green groups that are targeting imports from developing countries and undermining Australia’s fragile free trade consensus.
A picture is now emerging that green groups are targeting politicians to impose non-tariff barriers against primary industry imports from developing countries. This is having a real impact on Australia’s already strained free trade consensus. The most concerning dimension is the success they are having.
The government has already adopted absurd non-tariff barriers against wood imports that are set to come into law. And the Opposition working with independents and the Greens have previously backed non-tariff barriers on palm oil imports. Thankfully they came to their senses before the Bill passed into law.