PACER-Plus: How a trade deal becomes an aid arrangement
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 06:43
When PACER was tabled in the Australian Parliament for ratification, an accompanying "national interest analysis " found that "without ratification of PACER, Australia would be denied an enhanced opportunity to negotiate better market access to Pacific markets for Australian businesses and industry while any other country could enjoy duty free access to Forum Island Countries for their goods". But somehow along the way, this self-serving trade deal got dressed up as an aid arrangement.
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