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23 September 2017
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AFC View on Trade

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.

AFC Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into the nature and conduct of Australia's public diplomacy

January 2007

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AFC Submission to the Inquiry into Public Diplomacy (234 Kb)

AFC Submission to negotiation of Australia-Japan Free Trade Agreement

January 2007

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AFC Submission to DFAT negotiations on Australia-Japan FTA (77 Kb)

AFC Submission to DFAT's Australia-Mexico Economic Relations Study

July 2006

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Australia-Mexico Economic Relations Study (283 Kb)

2005 DFAT Public Consultations Preceding the Hong Kong Ministerial Meeting of the WTO Doha Round of Trade Negotiations

November 2005

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2005 submission to DFAT Public Consultations Preceding the Hong Kong Ministerial Meeting of the WTO Doha Round of Trade Negotiations (217 Kb)

2005 Feasibility Study into an Australia Japan Free Trade Agreement: AFC Submission

October 2005

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AFC Submission to the Feasibility Study into an Australia-Japan Free Trade Agreement (160 Kb)

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade's Inquiry into Australia's Relationship with Korea

June 2005

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Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade's Inquiry into Australia's Relationship with Korea (440 Kb)

DFAT Public Consultation on an Australia United Arab Emirates Free Trade Agreement

May 2005

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DFTA Public Consultation on an Australia United Arab Emirates Free Trade Agreement: AFC Submission (148 Kb)

Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee Inquiry into Australia's relations with China: AFC Submission

April 2005

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Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee Inquiry into Australia's relations with China: AFC submission (305 Kb)

2005 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Consultation on an Australia-ASEAN-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement

February 2005

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Submission to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Consultation on an Australia-ASEAN-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, February 2005 (130 Kb)

2004 Department of Foreign Affairs Australia Malaysia Free Trade Agreement Scoping Study

November 2004

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DFAT Australia Malaysia Free Trade Agreement Scoping Study: AFC Submission (130 Kb)

2004 Department of Foreign Affairs Australia China Free Trade Agreement Feasibility Study

July 2004

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DFAT Australia China Free Trade Agreement Feasibility Study: AFC Submission (154 Kb)

Flexible Vision: A snapshot of emerging audiovisual technologies and services, and options for supporting Australian content, AFC Report
This AFC report is based upon a compendium of new and forthcoming audiovisual services as at November 2003. Its principal contention is that decisions about future regulatory options need to be a part of a broad communications review rather than settled pre-emptively in the haste of trade negotiations.
November 2003

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Flexible Vision: A snapshot of emerging audiovisual technologies and services, and options for supporting Australian content, November 2003 (437 Kb)

Flexible Vision: Brief Summary

November 2003

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Future Audiovisual Services: Options for Supporting Australian Content – 3 Page Summary, November 2003 (58 Kb)

Australian Audiovisual Industries and Cultural Policy, AFC Backgrounder
Background information to free trade negotiations between Australia and the United States
December 2003

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Australian Audiovisual Industries and Cultural Policy Backgrounder, December 2003 (48 Kb)

2003 Pre-Cancún DFAT Consultations on the WTO Doha Round of Negotiations

August 2003

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Third Round of DFAT Public Consultations on WTO Doha Round 2003: AFC Submission, August 2003 (187 Kb)

2003 Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Review of the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement

May 2003

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Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Review of the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement: AFC Response, May 2003 (64 Kb)

AFC Industry Briefing on Cultural Policy and Audiovisual Trade

May 2003

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AFC Industry Briefing: Cultural Policy & Audiovisual Trade, May 2003 (43 Kb)

2003 Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee Inquiry into the General Agreement on Trade in Services and the US Free Trade Agreement

May 2003

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Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee Inquiry into GATS and US Free Trade Agreement: AFC submission, May 2003 (109 Kb)

2003 Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into Advancing the National Interest

April 2003

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Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into Advancing the National Interest: AFC submission, April 2003 (153 Kb)

2003 DFAT Consultations on the WTO Doha Round of Negotiations

February 2003

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DFAT Consultations on the WTO Doha Round of Trade Negotiations 2003: AFC Submission, February 2003 (81 Kb)

Australian Culture and Audiovisual Media in the Context of International Trade: Metro Article

February 2003

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Australian Culture and Audiovisual Media in International Trade: AFC Metro Article, February 2003 (34 Kb)

2003 DFAT Consultations on the proposed Free Trade Agreement between Australia and the US

January 2003

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DFAT Consultations on the Proposed Free Trade Agreement between Australia and the US: AFC Submission, January 2003 (110 Kb)

2002 DFAT Consultations on the Advancing the National Interest White Paper

August 2002

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DFAT Consultations on the Advancing the National Interest White Paper: AFC Submission, August 2002 (65 Kb)

2002 DFAT Consultations on the WTO Doha Round of Trade Negotiations

May 2002

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DFAT Consultations on the WTO Doha Round of Trade Negotiations 2002: AFC Submission, May 2002 (98 Kb)

2001 DFAT: WTO Fourth Trade Policy Review

August 2001

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DFAT Consultations on the WTO Fourth Trade Policy Review 2001: AFC Submission, August 2001 (42 Kb)

1999 DFAT: Australia's Approach to Further Multilateral Trade Negotiations

May 1999

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DFAT Consultations on Australia's approach to Further Multilateral Trade Negotiations: AFC Submission, May 1999 (188 Kb)

1998 Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Inquiry into the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI)

August 1998

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Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Inquiry into the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI): AFC Submission, August 1998 (71 Kb)

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Related Speeches

28 October 2004
Speaker: Kim Dalton, AFC Chief Executive
Event: Film Victoria Free Trade Agreement Seminar
Download speech2 (pdf 122 Kb)

02 March 2004
Speaker: Kim Dalton, AFC Chief Executive
Event: Australian APEC Study Centre Conference 2004
Session: US Free Trade Agreement – The New Opportunities and Impacts
Download speech2 (pdf 178 Kb)

17 July 2003
Speaker: Kim Dalton, AFC Chief Executive
Event: AFC Parliamentary Briefing on Cultural Policy and Audiovisual Trade
Download speech2 (pdf 102 Kb)

19 May 2003
Speaker: Maureen Barron, AFC Chair
Event: AFC briefing for international journalists at Cannes Film Festival
Download speech2 (pdf 36 Kb)

07 May 2003
Speaker: Maureen Barron, AFC Chair
Event: AFC industry briefings on trade negotiations
Download speech2 (pdf 48 Kb)
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10 December 2002
Speaker: Kim Dalton, AFC Chief Executive
Event: Australian Services Roundtable
Download speech2 (pdf 49 Kb)


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Related Media Releases

17 Nov 2003
Feature film and TV drama production drops dramatically in Australia in 2002/03

03 Nov 2003
America’s Pie: culture and trade after 9/11

29 Sep 2003
US television now 69% of Australian program imports

15 Sep 2003
AFC lobbies Washington on cultural exemption for Free Trade Agreement

20 Aug 2003
Indigenous artists support cultural exemptions in FTA

06 Jun 2003
Bruce Petty joins Australians calling for special status of culture in Trade negotiations

19 May 2003
AFC calls for cultural exemptions in Trade Agreements at Cannes International Film Festival

02 Apr 2003
AFC welcomes Government stance on WTO negotiations

18 Mar 2003
Regulation and funding vital to continued success of Australian film and television industry

Canberra trade talks
Kim Dalton, Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward
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