Economics

Labor finally puts China trade ahead of its squeaky wheels

December

by James Laurenceson

Note – this article originally appeared in the Australian Financial Review

 

Getting there wasn't pretty, but Labor got their response to the China free trade agreement right in the end.

On Tuesday a modest list of safeguards for bringing in workers from overseas was tabled, which if accepted by the government will see the deal sail through Parliament with bipartisan support.

Australia needs a solid economic stance on China

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in Business Spectator on 13 October 2015 

Xenophobic, even racist: that’s the accusation being levelled at federal Labor in its handling of the China Free Trade Agreement.  

Two considerations have left them vulnerable to the charge. 

Malcolm Turnbull must push the China FTA deal through

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in The Australian on 23 September 2015.  

A challenge the Turnbull government faces is to secure the safe passage of the China free trade agreement. 

The China FTA: all the facts and figures

December

1. Critics have called for mandatory labour market testing (LMT) with respect to the China FTA.

The China FTA - The State of Play

December

1.In August the IMF said that it expects China’s economy will be 44 percent bigger in 2020.[1]

In the past two years alone it has added spending worth more than Australia’s GDP.[2]

China-Australia FTA concerns unwarranted

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in The Australian Financial Review on 7 September 2015.

Labour concerns in China FTA misplaced

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This piece was sent as a letter to the editor of the Sydney Morning Herald on 5 September 2015. 

Bob Kinnaird and Bob Birrell conclude that the China FTA means labour-market testing (LMT) will be removed for all Chinese nationals on 457 visas (“Under FTA, Chinese workers can avoid labour-market testing”, September 4)  

The Chinese Economy: What China is Doing Right

December

1. The latest forecasts from the IMF say that China’s economy will be 44 percent bigger in 2020.[1] This compares with –

  • 16 percent for the U.S[2]
  • 5 percent for Japan[3]
  • 45 percent for India[4]

 

Credit where credit’s due for China’s economic authorities

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in East Asia Forum on 31 August 2015.

Australian shares rocked by China rout, but economic fundamentals remain solid

December

By James Laurenceson

Note: This article appeared in The Conversation on August 25 2015.