Does the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement help or hinder high-tech SMEs?

Most foreign governments, particularly those based on market economies, regulate foreign direct investment as little as possible in order to facilitate an open investment environment and to foster long-term economic development. As part of this process, the Australian government has entered into a number of bi-lateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) to promote cross border trade. The largest, and arguably the most influential, is the Australia-US FTA which came into force in 2005. In this article we look at the FTA from the perspective of Australia’s high-tech manufacturing sector and reviews the benefits (or otherwise) that this agreement has delivered over the last six years.

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