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Agreement in Bali Breathes New Life into WTO

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) was jolted back to life, and to relevancy, by achieving its first comprehensive agreement in December last year. The round managed to gain agreement from all member countries in attendance, it was a mammoth task, and while some have said the outcomes didn’t go far enough, it has made strong headway in re-booting the WTO’s stalled negotiations that have seen preferential trade deals flourish.

“For the first time in our history, the WTO has truly delivered,” said WTO chief Roberto Azevedo.

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Letting the good times roll, with Aussie growth

Economics of Contentment Part 01 – First published on the Sydney Opera House Ideas website.

We’re continually told that we’re the “lucky country,” and yet public sentiment resembles a nation gripped by depression. Is it that our economy isn’t strong, that it is and we just don’t realise, or is it that we want something more? In his weekly, John Treadgold will be looking at the sources of the discontentment that seem to dominate political debate. In his first installment, John paints a glittering economic backdrop against which our dramedy of contentment plays out.

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