| 23 June 2004

The good, the bad and the ugly: assessing criticism of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement

Criticism of the Australia-US FTA has come from a wide range of sources, running the gamut from free-trade economists through to protectionist-minded economic nationalists. While the breadth of views has made the discussion interesting, it has also made it confusing. Mark Thirlwell seeks to bring some clarity to the debate over the FTA by providing a critical assessment of some of the key arguments, distinguishing between those that have some merit, those that appear somewhat dubious, and those that remain tough to evaluate.Mark Thirlwell

  • Mark Thirlwell

Criticism of the Australia-US FTA has come from a wide range of sources, running the gamut from free-trade economists through to protectionist-minded economic nationalists. While the breadth of views has made the discussion interesting, it has also made it confusing. Mark Thirlwell seeks to bring some clarity to the debate over the FTA by providing a critical assessment of some of the key arguments, distinguishing between those that have some merit, those that appear somewhat dubious, and those that remain tough to evaluate.Mark Thirlwell

  • Mark Thirlwell