It is only early days, but the Rudd government's pro-growth reform credentials are already being put to the test. Since the 1980s, both major parties have favored free trade. At the last federal election, then Shadow, now Minister for Trade, Simon Crean, committed a Rudd government to a trade policy overhaul that would promote Australia's economic interests. Included in Labor's trade policy is a review of the effectiveness of Australia's 'export policy and programs', including a flagged expansion of the Export Market Development Grants program.
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