AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY, TOKYO
Key Messages Brief
6 February, 2009
Open trade flows must be part of the solution to stimulate global growth
Key message: The Australian Government opposes protectionism. Trade is not the
problem – it is part of the solution to the global downturn.
. Open trade flows must be part of the solution to the current global downturn
− resorting to protectionism would only hamper efforts to stimulate global growth.
− raising trade barriers would only drive up prices and hurt consumers and
− such action will send the world into a retaliatory downward spiral.
. The Australian Government will continue to oppose protectionist measures – a message
we will continue to advocate both at home and abroad
− at the G20 Meeting last November, Leaders agreed to refrain from raising new
barriers to trade and investment, imposing new export restrictions, or
implementing measures to stimulate exports that are inconsistent with WTO rules
: This was followed by a similarly robust commitment by APEC Leaders
− we have objected strongly to the European Commission’s re-introduction of dairy
− we have also expressed our strong concerns about the “Buy American” provisions
in the US stimulus package
: the Minister for Trade has welcomed US President Barack Obama’s
comment that the US “can’t send a protectionist message”.
. Open trade flows will help the world take maximum advantage of the coordinated
stimulus packages being put in place
− trade reform is therefore more important than ever at this time
the world needs to conclude the Doha Development Round to keep trade flows open and to
combat protectionist pressures.
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