Archive for November, 2008

Alcoa argues for interests of “future generations” to take precedence over exports

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

What is the world coming to?  It was reported today that Alan Cransberg, chairman of the Australian arm of the mutlinational aluminium producer Alcoa, said that “For too long we have been focused on expanding and maximising energy exports, without proper protection for our own future generations.” What?  Read that again – not only is [...]

Australia-Chile FTA passes parliament

Friday, November 14th, 2008

The implementing legislation for the Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement – Customs Amendment (Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation) Act 2008 – passed the Australian Senate yesterday.  (You can read the House of Representatives “debate” on the bill here).  The media seems to have completely ignored this, presumably because the economic impacts for Australia will be relatively [...]

New site focusing on Nov 15

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

On November 15, prompted by the global financial crisis, the heads of the G20 group of countries will gather behind closed doors in Washington to discuss the reform of the global economic system.  Across the world on November 15 people will be protesting the G20 summit. Instead of an exclusive meeting of only 20 countries, [...]

First signs from Obama not looking promising on trade…

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The first signs on what Obama’s policies on the global economy might look like are not encouraging at all – it has been reported today that Obama has asked former Clinton Administration official Rahm Emanuel to be his chief-of staff – making Emanuel potentially the second most powerful person in the US. Unfortunately, Emanuel is [...]

What will trade policy under Obama look like?

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Yesterday was a truly momentous day not just for the US, but for the world.  The Bush presidency has been such a shocking experience for people in just about every country, that anything else has got to be better.  But Obama has been inspiring because of his ability to convince people that he will be [...]