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26 June 2017
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Trade Issues

Australia is a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and a participant in World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations. Australia has concluded bi-lateral trade agreements with New Zealand and Singapore and most recently signed free trade agreements (FTA) with the US and Thailand. Negotiations over bilateral and multilateral trade agreements have the potential to affect how Australia develops and implements its cultural policies. This is because an unconditional commitment to free trade can restrict the ability of countries like Australia to retain, adapt or introduce new measures designed to support and foster our cultural industries. The AFC asserts that agreements on trade should not restrict Australia's right to enact cultural policy. Culture is a vital element of our national sovereignty, providing an opportunity for the expression of our regional, ethnic and historical diversity.

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AFC View on Trade
AFC submissions, speeches and industry briefing papers on Trade.

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AFC Trade Bulletin
Archive of the newsletter produced by the AFC during the AUSFTA negotiations.

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Media Releases
Archive of AFC media releases on Trade.

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Key Trade Dates
Upcoming events important to the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement and the WTO free trade negotiations.

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Trade Glossary
Ever wanted to know what WTO, GATT, INCD, INCP, ACCD etc stand for?

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History
Senior Research Fellow at Swinburne University's Institute for Social Research, Jock Given provides a brief history of regulation in the film industry.

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Further Readings
Links to articles on culture, the audiovisual industry and trade.

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Trade Links
Links to trade organisations and information sites.

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Trade Issues
Information on trade negotations.