Justin Brown is a former Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade official. He was Deputy Secretary in the Department with oversight of the trade and economic agenda. He served as Australia's chief negotiator in the CPTPP (TPP-11) negotiations and was involved in several negotiations on trade and climate change during his career. His most recent overseas assignment was as Ambassador to the EU and NATO in Brussels and he was previously High Commissioner to Canada.
Foreign ministries no longer monopolise a country’s global voice. But some practical fine tuning will enhance diplomacy.
More than ever, Australia’s national security and economic resilience goals need integrating with smart trade policy.
A pragmatic tone appears to distinguish the revived talks. Ambitious, not so much.