Trade and Investment Policy
Commercial and Industry Policy
Public Affairs and Media Policy
Culture and Sporting Policy
Briefing Committees, including:
· Australian Government
· NSW Government
Sydney City Municipal Government
Trade and Investment Policy Committee is the engine room of the Chamber; it provides
the theoretical direction for the Australia-China economic interface. In the early years this was principally
exports and imports, and by the mid 1980s joint-venture investments became a
major focus. During the 1990s, with
Issues and Sources of Information for Committee Activities
Last updated 8 February 2010
Australia’s Trade and Investment
John Garnaut, “How MacBank Hit a Great Wall in China”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 August 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/how-macbank-hit-a-great-wall-in-china-20100806-11oh6.html.
Natasha Brereton, “Global Deal Reached on New Bank Rules, The Australian, 13 September 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/industry-sectors/global-deal-reached-on-new-bank-rules/story-e6frg96f-1225920291829.
Greg Sheridan, “Distorted Vision of Future US-China Relations”, The Australian, 11 September 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/distorted-vision-of-future-us-china-relations/story-e6frg6zo-1225917582189.
Cameron Stewart, “As the US Wanes, China Gains”, The Australian, 6 August 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/as-the-us-wanes-china-gains/story-e6frg6z6-1225901301983.
US President Obama’s letter to G20, dated 16 June 2010, is available at: http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/PresidentObamaLettertoG-20061610.pdf?sid=ST2010061800193.
Author unknown, “We Have Just Entered Act II of the Drama”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 June 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/we-have-just-entered-act-ii-of-the-drama-20100611-y1rs.html.
Robert J. Samuelson, “Why the U.S. Should Support Europe’s Rescue Package”, The Washington Post, 24 May 2010. Available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/23/AR2010052303826.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions.
“Why China Is the Key to Europe’s Debt Crisis”, The Australian, 30 April. 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/why-china-is-the-key-to-europes-debt-crisis/story-e6frg71x-1225860371890
Does the EU have too many representatives at the G20? http://www.smh.com.au/business/world-business/wto-boss-warns-eu-to-sharpen-its-g20-voice-20100329-r5i7.html.
Rakteem Katakey, “India Taps Forex Reserves to Buy Energy Assets”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 March 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/india-taps-forex-reserves-to-buy-energy-assets-20100318-qiiy.html.
Sebastian Mallaby, “Currency Spat Reveals a Nervous Chinese Autocracy”, The Washington Post, 19 March 2010. Available at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/18/AR2010031803045.html?wpisrc=nl_pmopinions
Bruce Grant, “Reversing the Global Retreat”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 March 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/reversing-the-global-retreat-20100308-psmh.html.
John Durie, “ASIC Chief Has Tough Job at Helm of Financial Stability Board”, The Australian, 11 January 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/asic-chief-has-tough-job-at-helm-of-financial-stability-board/story-e6frg9io-1225818065637.
Reuters, “Global Financial Regulations Overhaul Seen in 2010”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 January 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/global-financial-regulation-overhaul-seen-in-2010-20100106-ltyh.html.
“China’s Economic Policy in the Time of the Global Financial Crisis: Which
Razeen Sally is Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) and wrote a blog on US and EU trade policy, with comments about a possible revival of a transatlantic free trade area. It appears on the ECIPE Internet site, 4 December 2009 (http://www.ecipe.org/blog/a-transatlantic-free-trade-area) as well as on East Asia Forum, 2 January 2010 (http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2010/01/02/a-transatlantic-free-trade-area/).
The final communiqué of the London Summit dated 2 April 2009 is available at: http://www.wcoomd.org/files/1.%20Public%20files/PDFandDocuments/Highlights/G20_Final_London_Communique.pdf
World Bank Institute, ‘Protectionism a Threat to Global Recovery, Say Emerging Market Policymakers’, including links to a podcast and video, 6 April 2009. Permanent URL for the page: http://go.worldbank.org/7VBCP5GXQ0. See also ‘Trade Protection: Incipient but Worrisome Trends’ by Elisa Gamberoni and Richard Newfarmer, http://siteresources.worldbank.org/NEWS/Resources/Trade_Note_37.pdf.
A short evaluation of the causes of the global financial crisis by David Hetherington of Per Capita, which, as stated in their homepage –http://www.percapita.org.au – is an independent progressive think tank dedicated to building a new vision for Australia, is entitled “Less Ideology, More Economics” and was made available on 3 April, 2009 by The Australian at: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25281576-7583,00.html..
A full set of communiqués and final reports from the London Summit 2009 (the G-20 Meeting) can be obtained from the home page http://www.g20.org/index.aspx. Official photographs, including the reception hosted by Her Majesty the Queen and the dinner for heads of delegations, both on Wednesday 1 April, plus photographs of the meeting the following day can be obtained from: http://www.londonsummit.gov.uk/en/media-centre/media-library/photos/.
Commentary on the future of the G-20 in The Australian: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25537556-7583,00.html.
A more extensive opinion in the form of a 7,700 word essay by Simon Johnson, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management who was the chief economist at the International Monetary fund during 2007 and 2008, is to be published in the May issue of The Atlantic, but it is available online now. It is entitled: “The Quiet Coup”: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200905/imf-advice. Note that Hetherington and Johnson have quite different points of view, but bring out similar remedies for the crisis.
A paper by Professor Leong H. Liew entitled China and the Global Financial Crisis analyses the impact of the global financial crisis on China’s domestic economy and considers the central government’s initial responses to the crisis. Published on the Internet by the Lowy Institute 13 February 2009.
An article written by Mark Landler contains reference to a number of concerns expressed as early as March 2005 of the possible consequences of the continuing debt incurred by the US from its substantial export-import deficit with the People’s Republic of China. The link to the article is contained in the title: Chinese Savings Helped Inflate American Bubble.
Note that the page containing this article also has links to previous articles exporting the causes of the financial crisis and a more recent one entitled: “Cracks in US-China Relations Are Widening Again in Crisis”.
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Innwon Park, “Regional Trade Agreements in East Asia: Will They Be Sustainable?” Asian Economic Journal, Vol. 23, No. 2 (June 2009), pp. 169-194. This includes an analysis of an APEC-level regional trade agreement. Available online at: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/122452499/PDFSTART?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0.
ACCCI Opinion Paper: “Reshaping APEC – Is It Really Necessary” by John Zerby
China and the World Trade Organisation
Julia Ya Qin, “Trade, Investment and Beyond: The Impact of WTO Accession on China’s Legal System”, The China Quarterly, No. 191 (September 2007), pp. 720-742. Available for online purchase at: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?iid=1346944.
Huang Dongli, “Commentary on ‘Trade, Investment and Beyond’”, The China Quarterly, No. 191 (September 2007), pp. 742-744. Available for online purchase at: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?iid=1346944.
China’s Accession to the World Trade Organisation: Impacts on China and East Asia, by Andrew Straus (Student Essay on China).
Some implications of the collapse of the Doha Round of trade negotiations by C Fred Bergsten: Summary available at: http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/61212/c-fred-bergsten/rescuing-the-doha-round.
Related Chamber Documents from the 1990s
The Commercial Committee, since
1976, has always been the “meat and potatoes” of ACCCI activities. It is where all the colourful “
To give it a more flexible direction and structure, the Executive Committee decided to sign co-operative agreements with a small number of provinces and cities. Subsequently this became the original Key Cities Strategy with a specific emphasis on the four broad categories of industries known as:
· Urban Services
· Rural Industries
· Commercial Culture
A more complete description of the Key Cites Strategy is available on the Internet site. Refer to:
Issues and Sources of Information for Committee Activities
Peter Van Onselen, “Gillard’s Mining Tax and Exercise in Political Survival”, The Australian, 2 August 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/gillards-mining-tax-an-exercise-in-political-survival/story-e6frg8zx-1225900825046
Ian Verrender, “Big-Talking Giants May Come Down with a Thud”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 July 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/bigtalking-giants-may-come-down-with-a-thud-20100712-107yl.html
Asher Moses, “Chinese Cyper Attackers Hit Optus”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 April 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/chinese-cyber-attackers-hit-optus-20100415-sgm8.html
Matt Chambers, “Macarthur’s Shares Soar as Even Its Rejected Suitors Brush Up for Bidding War”, The Australian, 13. April 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/macarthurs-shares-soar-as-even-its-rejected-suitors-brush-up-for-bidding-war/story-e6frg8zx-1225852940497.
Mitchell Bingemann, “Huawei Enlists Former Politicians in Its Bid for NBN Work”, The Australian, 19 January 2020. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/huawei-enlists-former-politicians-in-its-bid-for-nbn-work/story-e6frgakx-1225820993248.
“The Realities of Doing Business in China”, remarks by David Eldon, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited at the Asia Society/HKABA Luncheon, Sydney, 3 February 2004. In portable document format;. in Microsoft Word.
There are many
commercial opportunities in
Transcript of interview with Michael C. H. Jones by the International Business Daily,
which is published by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of
China. A letter from the International
Business Daily discussing
Since 1989, various events covered by the
Recent Media Releases
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Last updated 1 November 2010
Brad Norington, “Times Change in Fine Print War in New York”, The Australian, 1 May 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/times-change-in-fine-print-war-in-new-york/story-e6frg6so-1225860801235.
Guangdong Sub-Council of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade celebrates the 50th anniversary since its foundation. Click here for letter of congratulations from the Chamber.
A short DVD of
Nanjing and Jiangning District of Nanjing was made available by the delegation that visited
Issues and Sources of Information for Committee Activities
Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
Reports and comments on the Stern Hu Case:
Michael Sainsbury,”’Conflict of Interest’ in Focus in Trial of Rio Tinto's Stern Hu”, The Australian, 19 April. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/conflict-of-interest-in-focus-in-trial-of-rio-tintos-stern-hu/story-e6frg9df-1225855615105.
Comment from the Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304370304575151612455202950.html.
Other Business Ethics and Corporate Governance Issues:
Michael Gilding, “Miners the Real Faceless Men Who Got Rid of Rudd”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 August 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/miners-the-real-faceless-men-who-got-rid-of-rudd-20100812-120xo.html.
Sean Parnell, “Party’s Over for Liberal MP”, The Australian, 20 May 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/partys-over-for-liberal-mp/story-e6frg6z6-1225868871536.
“Good Ethics is Good Business”, a paper by Stephen Cohen, School of Philosophy, University of New South Wales. Click here for a copy (10 pages in portable document format).
Freedom of Information
Sean Parnell and Rory Callinan, “Grim Reality of VD Ben Robert-Smith’s Guts and Glory Obscured by Military Censors”, The Australian, 16 June 2011. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/investigations/grim-reality-of-vcs-guts-and-glory-obscured-by-military-censors/story-fn8r0e18-1226075945494.
AP, “Wikileaks: “We Won’t Be Threatened by Pentagon”, 16 August 2010. The Sydney Morning Herald, Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/wikileaks-we-wont-be-threatened-by-pentagon-20100816-125na.html?autostart=1.
Ben Saul, “Condemned by Faceless Accusers and Secret Evidence”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 June 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/condemned-by-faceless-accusers-and-secret-evidence-20100606-xn26.html.
Matthew Moore, “Premier Tells Ministers to Obey New FOI Act”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 May 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/premier-tells-ministers-to-obey-new-foi-act-20100523-w42z.html.
Michael Sainsbury, “China’s Propaganda Machine Busy as Media Indulge in Google-Bashing”, The Australian, 29 March 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/chinas-propaganda-machine-busy-as-media-indulge-in-google-bashing/story-e6frg996-1225846613083
Reuters, “Web Censorship: Clash of the Behemoths”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 January 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/web-censorship-clash-of-the-behemoths-20100113-m6d6.html
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity
Paul Sheehan, “Rudd’s Electoral Cracks About to Open Further”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 June 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/rudds-electoral-cracks-about-to-open-further-20100609-xugc.html?autostart=1.
George Williams, “Human Rights: People with Power Don’t Want to Give It Up”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 April 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/human-rights-people-with-power-dont-want-to-give-it-up-20100426-tn7b.html
“China-Australia Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program”, background information by Mr David Robinson, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, with introduction by Michael C.H. Jones, dated August 2002. Click here for both documents.
David Robinson’s background information updated as at 5 July 2007: Click here for this document in Microsoft Word.
“Human Rights Fundamentalisms”, by David Kinley. This is the Inaugural Lecture for the Chair in Human Rights Law at Sydney University, delivered 6 December 2006 with the text made available by the author that included updates as at February 2007. In portable document format.
Information from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on matters relating to global and regional bodies that are advancing human rights priorities. Link to the document is: http://www.dfat.gov.au/hr/.
Information on human rights and equal opportunity in Australia’s aid program is available at: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/china/hrtc_program.cfm.
Deborah Snow, “Power Saga Contorts a Community’s Face: The Standing of a Peak Chinese Australian Body is Under Threat”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 March 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/power-saga-contorts-a-communitys-face-20100319-qm5j.html.
Rule of Law (including Corporate Governance)
Sarah-Jane Tasker, “Tell China We Deal from Different Deck”, The Australian, 15 February 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/in-depth/tell-china-we-deal-from-different-deck/story-e6frgah6-1225830279397.
John Garnaut, “Children of the Revolution”, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 February 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/world/children-of-the-revolution-20100212-nxjh.html
Various agencies, “China Jails Dissident Liu for 11 Years”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 December, 2009. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/world/china-jails-dissident-liu-for-11-years-20091225-lf23.html
Stuart Washington, “Litigation Lessons for ASIC”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 December 2009. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/litigation-lessons-for-asic-20091225-lexv.html.
“A Leaner, Tougher and more Experienced Chamber steps up to the Plate”, by Michael C. H. Jones. In portable document format.
Rule of Law and Culture, by Michael C H Jones, President ACCCI
Convergence and the Judicial Role: Recent Developments in China, by J J Spigelman, AC, Chief Justice of New South Wales.
Clive Hamilton, “Tackle Big Coal at Your Own Risk”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 February 2011. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/tackle-big-coal-at-your-own-risk-20110202-1adok.html.
Mumble Blog, “The Market Research Con”, The Australian, 2 February 2011. Available at: http://blogs.theaustralian.news.com.au/mumble/index.php/theaustralian/comments/the_market_research_con/
John Dickerson, “Live by the Polls”, Slate, 4 November 2020. Available at: http://www.slate.com/id/2273694?wpisrc=newsletter.
Lara Sinclair, “Murdoch Takes a Page Out of The Times’ New Subscription”, The Australian, 4 August, 2020. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/murdoch-takes-a-page-out-of-the-times-net-subscription/story-e6frg996-1225900804773.
The Times, “Publication of Afghan Informant Details Worth the Risk: WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange”, The Australian, 29 July 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/publication-of-afghan-informant-details-worth-the-risk-wikileaks-founder-julian-assange/story-e6frg6so-1225898273552.
Rodney Tiffen, “You Wouldn’t Read About It: Climate Scientists Right”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 July 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/you-wouldnt-read-about-it-climate-scientists-right-20100727-10t5i.html.
Fred Kaplan, “Not the Pentagon Papers”, Slate, 26 July 2010. Available at: http://www.slate.com/id/2261780/pagenum/all/#p2.
Elizabeth Farrelly, “Where the Dickens Is Our Lost Morality?”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 July 2010, Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/where-the-dickens-is-our-lost-morality-20100721-10l2l.html
.Hamish McDonald, “The Choice Is As Simple As ABC”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 July 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/the-choice-is-as-simple-as-abc-20100716-10e3l.html.
AFP/AAP, “Australia’s Top Diplomat Expelled from Fiji”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 July 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/world/australias-top-diplomat-expelled-from-fiji-20100713-108an.html.
Scott Rochfort, “Rupert and Prince Chase an Arabian Fox”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 July 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/rupert-and-prince-chase-an-arabian-fox-20100707-100ne.html.
Recent statements from the Fiji Government online portal:
Foreign Minister’s comments exaggerated, 30 June 2010:
Media Decree part of Government reforms, 1 July 2010:
Media Decree clear on investment, 1 July 2010.
Limited attacks Fiji economy over media decree, 6 Jul 2010:
Condemns Australian Government statement 7 July 2010:
still honoured to partner the USA, 7 July 2010:
Scott Rochfort, “Rupert and the Prince Chase an Arabian Fox”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 July 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/rupert-and-prince-chase-an-arabian-fox-20100707-100ne.html.
phones for social networking:
From the very beginning in September 1976,
the Chamber recognised that cultural differences can have an impact on trade
and on mutually beneficial relations.
The first trade mission to
The contrast or hurdle between rule of law
through the separation of powers in
The Chamber used the full range of “devices” to bring business people together in those early years and thereby to scratch the surface of understanding at the small to medium levels of commercial activity.
This is the reason for ACCCI’s historical involvement in sport and particularly
dragon boat racing and rugby union football.
A cross-cultural plan took shape to help introduce dragon boat racing
to the young people of
Issues and Sources of Information for Committee Activities
Last updated 9 October 2010
Soft Power International Strategies Priority:
Peter Hartcher, “When Indian Students Suffer, Australia Risks Being Scarred for Life”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 April 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/when-indian-students-suffer-australia-risks-being-scarred-for-life-20100412-s3zh.html.
Bonnie S. Glaser and Melissa E. Murphy, Soft Power with Chinese Characteristics, Centre for Strategic and International Studies. 2008. Available at: http://csis.org/files/media/csis/pubs/090310_chinesesoftpower__chap2.pdf.
National Cultural Strategies
Jacqueline Maley, “Bishop Enters Battle Against Secular Ethics Classes”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 April, 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/bishop-enters-battle-against-secular-ethics-classes-20100413-s7pp.html.
Michaela Boland, “Getting into the Swing of Things with All His Arts”, The Australian, 9 October 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/getting-into-the-swing-of-things-with-all-his-arts/story-e6frg6zo-1225936193380.
Lera Borditsky, “Lost in Translation”, The Wall Street Journal, 24 July 2010. Available at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703467304575383131592767868.html?mod=WSJ_hp_us_mostpop_read
Tom Reilly, “Storm Row: ‘News Has the Ethics of Big Tobacco’”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 July 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/storm-row-news-has-the-ethics-of-big-tobacco-20100720-10jj3.html?autostart=1
Big Money and Sport
Rowan Callick, “Director Slammed for ‘White-Out’ of Legendary Gallipoli Sniper Billy Sing”, The Australian, 6 May 2010. Availalble at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/director-slammed-for-white-out-of-legendary-gallipoli-sniper/story-e6frg6nf-1225862770626
Sally Neighbour, “Battle Against the Burka Is Not Based on Bigotry”, The Australian, 26 April 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/battle-against-the-burka-is-not-based-on-bigotry/story-e6frg6zo-1225858120834.
James Spigelman, “When Laws Clash with Culture”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 April 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/when-laws-clash-with-culture-20100415-shfy.html.
Phillip Coorey, “How the West Was Lost: A Lack of Faith in Civilisation”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 April 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/how-the-west-was-lost-a-lack-of-faith-in-civilisation-20100411-s0ow.html
Rowan Callick, “The Cold Steel Behind China’s Soft Power”, The Australian, 13 March 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/the-cold-steel-behind-chinas-soft-power/story-e6frg6z6-1225840205283.
John McDonald, “Political Paymasters Starve Our Galleries”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 January, 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/political-paymasters-starve-our-galleries-20100114-ma0a.html.
“Looking to London 2012” from The Australian. The link to the article is: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/beijing_olympics/fullmedaltally/0,27717,,00.html.
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, together with the Australian Centre for Asian Art and Archaeology, will present a symposium from Thursday 8 April to Saturday 10 April 2010. The theme is “Preserving Tradition Facing the Future in Asian Musical and Visual Cultures”. Details are available from: http://www.music.usyd.edu.au/international/symposium/theme.shtml.
Olympic Precincts Conference presented by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority and supported by Metropolis Congress 2008 and the Australian Centre for Olympic Studies at the University Technology Sydney on Wednesday 22 October 2008 at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Details of the Congress and full registration details maybe found at:www.metropoliscongress2008.com.
Issues and Sources of Information for Committee Activities
Last updated 1 December 2010
2010 Election Issues and Strategies
Sydney City Council
Global Food Crisis
The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has a page on its Internet site devoted to the global food situation. This includes a list of available reports, key topics and media announcements. It is available at: http://www.fao.org/worldfoodsituation/wfs-home/en/?no_cache=1.
Toi Crest, “There’s a Food Crisis Coming”, The Times of India, 19 December 2009. Available at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Theres-a-food-crisis-coming/articleshow/5354969.cms.
The World Bank’s World Development Report 2008 is devoted to “Agriculture for Development”. Available for download at: http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTWDR2008/Resources/WDR_00_book.pdf.
Ross Gittins, “Hot Air Obscures the Real Climate Change Story”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 May 2010,. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/hot-air-obscures-the-real-climate-change-story-20100430-tz9w.html?rand=1272635032469.
Hugh Bredenkamp and Cathrine Pattilo, “Financing the Response to Climate Change”, International Monetary Fund Staff Position Paper No. 6, 25 March 2010. Available at: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/spn/2010/spn1006.pdf.
Sid Maher, “World Cool on Rudd’s Clean Coal Funding”, The Australian, 29 March 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/world-cool-on-rudds-clean-coal-funding/story-e6frg6nf-1225846623758.
Australian Department of Energy, Resources and Tourism has an Internet site devoted to energy efficiency opportunities, giving the results of the analysis of data (referred to that First Opportunities) reported by large energy-using corporations to the government and the public in December 2008. The site also has links to the March newsletter and to an overview of the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program: http://www.ret.gov.au/energy/efficiency/eeo/Pages/default.aspx.
Ross Gittins, “Libertarians Silent on Insulation Bungle”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 March 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/libertarians-silent-on-insulation-bungle-20100228-pb4m.html?rand=1267360524927
The World Bank’s World Development Report 2010 is devoted to the theme: “Development and Climate Change. It is 417 pages in length and requires 62.7 MB. The permanent URL for downloading all or portions of the report is: http://go.worldbank.org/BKLQ9DSDU0.
Lenore Taylor, “How the Rich-Poor Chasm Sank Copenhagen Summit”, The Australian, 13 February, 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/opinion/how-the-rich-poor-chasm-sank-copenhagen-summit/story-e6frgd0x-1225829865899
Lowy Institute for International Policy is launching three papers on climate change: “China and the Global Environment: Learning from the Past, Anticipating the Future” available at http://www.lowyinstitute.org/Publication.asp?pid=1186. “Comprehending Copenhagen: A Guide to the International Climate Change Negotiations” available at http://www.lowyinstitute.org/Publication.asp?pid=1177. “The Mekong: River under Threat” available at: http://www.lowyinstitute.org/Publication.asp?pid=1188.
The United Nations Draft Decision -/CP.15, referred to as the Copenhagen Accord, is available at: http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2009/cop15/eng/l07.pdf.
“Garnaut Climate Change Review – Interim Report to the
Karl Hallding, Guoyi Han and Marie Olsson, “China’s Climate- and Energy-security Dilemma: Shaping a New Path of Economic Growth”, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Vol. 8, No. 3 (2009). Available online at: http://hup.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/jcca/article/view/63/63.
Andreas Oberheitmann and Eva Sternfeld, “Climate Change in China – The Development of China’s Climate Policy and Its Integration into a New Internhttp://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/the-long-voyage-to-a-refugee-solution/story-e6frg6z6-1225888678893ational Post-Kyoto Climate Regime”, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Vol. 8, No. 3 (2009). Available online at; http://hup.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/jcca/article/view/63/63.
Phillip Coorey, “Abbott’s Credibility Challenge, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 December 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/national/abbotts-credibility-challenge-20101130-18fdq.html.
Ross Gittins, “As Labor Spouts Its Values, Gap between Rich and Poor Widens”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 December 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/as-labor-spouts-its-values-gap-between-rich-and-poor-widens-20101130-18f99.html.
Jennifer Hewett, “Labor’s Measured Bet of Putting the Money on Shorten”, The Australian, 13 September 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/labors-measured-bet-of-putting-the-money-on-shorten/story-e6frg8zx-1225919815926.
Nick Bryant, “Politicians on the Straight and Narrow”, The Australian, 14 August, 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/commentary/politicians-on-the-straight-and-narrow/story-e6frgd0x-1225905120036
Tony Barrass, “The Long Voyage to a Refugee Solution”, The Australian, 7 July 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/the-long-voyage-to-a-refugee-solution/story-e6frg6z6-1225888678893
David Uren, “China Risk to Exports Bonanza”, The Australian, 23 June 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/china-risk-to-exports-bonanza/story-e6frg8zx-1225882978543.
John Black, “Wealthy Greens the New DLP”, The Australian, 5 June 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/wealthy-greens-the-new-dlp/story-e6frgczf-1225875396658.
Kerry O’Brien, “Class: the Issue No One Wants to Talk About”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 June 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/class-the-issue-no-one-wants-to-talk-about-20100601-wumo.html.
Dan Harrison, “Scrap Study Themes, Coalition Says, and Bring in ‘Mainstream’ Topics”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 May 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/scrap-study-themes-coalition-says-and-bring-in-mainstream-topics-20100525-wb67.html.
Gary Johns, “Government Without a Cause, Attacking Its Friends”, The Australian, 29 April 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/government-without-a-cause-attacking-its-friends/story-e6frg6zo-1225859601078. Biographical information about the author can be obtained from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Johns.
Niki Savva, “Rudd Revenge on ALP Agenda”, The Australian, 27 April 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/rudd-revenge-on-alp-agenda/story-e6frg6zo-1225858519372
“The Bishop’s Gambit”, Julie Bishop’s opinion blog in “National Times” at http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/blog/the-bishops-gambit,
Paul Cleary, “With Resources in the Driver’s Seat, It Could Be a Bumpy Ride”, The Australian, 10 April. 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/with-resources-in-the-drivers-seat-it-could-be-a-bumpy-ride/story-e6frg8zx-1225852027869.
Diplomacy in Ruins: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/diplomacy-in-ruins/story-e6frg6z6-1225845879881 plus http://accci.com.au/BlueRibbonPanelReport.pdf and http://www.accci.com.au/ACCC Lowey Institute Media Release.pdf.
potential relevance to international trade cases:
Max Sulch, “Spymaster Stirs Spectre of Covert Foreign Activities”, The Australian, 20 March 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/spymaster-stirs-spectre-of-covert-foreign-activities/story-e6frg6z6-1225842681065.
Text of the Prime Minister’s essay entitled ‘Pain On the Road to Recovery’ at http://www.smh.com.au/national/pain-on-the-road-to-recovery-20090724-dw6q.html?page=-1, and commentary-in-response by the Leader of the Opposition entitled ‘Rudd’s Debt to Burden Future Generations’ at http://www.malcolmturnbull.com.au/Media/LatestNews/tabid/110/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/546/Rudds-debt-to-burden-future-generations.aspx:
‘Reformed COAG in a One-Stop Co-Op’, a comment on the meeting of the Council of Australian Governments by Australia’s Prime Minister: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25715209-5013480,00.html.
The text of the speech by the Prime Minister of Australia at Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on 29 May 2009 is available at http://www.pm.gov.au/media/Speech/2009/speech_1041.cfm.
Prime Minister’s speech on Security and Defence - Australian White Paper http://www.pm.gov.au/media/Speech/2008/speech_0468.cfm and associated press conference http://www.pm.gov.au/media/Interview/2008/interview_0470.cfm.
Commentary on security strategy: Sally Neighbour, “Slow Progress on Security Strategy”, The Australian, 26 December 2009. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/slow-progress-on-a-security-strategy/story-e6frg6zo-1225813625427.
Transcript of Kevin Rudd’s speech at Beijing University is available at: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23511584-5013947,00.html.
The central organising principle underpinning the national agenda of economic reform is boosting Australia's long term global competitiveness. Link to a speech by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23440627-5016654,00.htm.
related commentary on productivity as a key element for
Eddington has been appointed Chairman of
The Minister for Defence, the Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, announced that he commissioned a new Defence White Paper. Link for details: http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/Fitzgibbontpl.cfm?CurrentId=7444.
Media report on statement by Greg Combet MP for Charlton/Newcastle and Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23275914-31477,00.html.
Federal Government will consider new tax breaks to encourage businesses and
universities to join forces in a bid to double
A copy of the International Integrity Act 2007, which enforces United Nations Security Council sanctions is available at: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/ComLaw/Legislation/Act1.nsf/0/43C34CE521706650CA25742B000F8491/$file/1472007.pdf.
The Federal Minister for Trade, the Hon Simon Crean MP, announced a comprehensive review of Australia’s export policies and programs. Link for details: http://www.trademinister.gov.au/releases/2008/sc_018.html. Note also the link to the minister’s speech on Australia-Japan relations: http://www.trademinister.gov.au/speeches/2008/080123_anzbc.html.
The Hon Stephen Smith MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Joint Press Conference with Chinese Foreign Minister, 5 February 2008. Link to document is: http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/transcripts/2008/080205_jpc.html.
Presentation by Mr Sam Gerovich, Australian Consul-General,
Tax Review Papers and Publications
Papers on the Australia’s Future Tax System
A list of factsheets is available at: http://taxreview.treasury.gov.au/content/Content.aspx?doc=html/pubs_factSheets.htm.
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Commentaries on Tax Reform
David Uren, “Henry Urges Wider Profits Tax”, The Australian, 22 June 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/henry-urges-wider-profits-tax/story-e6frg6nf-1225882484014.
Heather Ridout, “Pilloried Tax Is a Step in the Right Direction”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 June 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/pilloried-tax-is-a-step-in-the-right-direction-20100609-xwq2.html.
AAP, Rivers of gold to pay for Australians' golden years, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 May 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/rivers-of-gold-to-pay-for-australians-golden-years-20100502-u0yt.html.
A copy of the Asprey Review, which is the tax review that preceded the current tax review, is available at http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/setis/id/p00087.
Politics of the Henry Tax Review and the superannuation
Matthew Franklin, “NSW Premier Kristina Keneally Links Tax Plan to Health”, The Australian, 10 March 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/nsw-premier-kristina-keneally-links-tax-plan-to-health/story-e6frgczf-1225838901286.
George Megalogenis, “Howard’s Tax Cuts Frustrate Rudd’s Reforms”, The Australian, 26 December 2009. Available at:http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/howards-tax-cuts-frustrate-rudds-reforms/story-e6frg6zo-1225813625078.
A short note on Federal-State finances during the 2009-2010 (recession) budget, which may make a useful comparison with the proposals contained in “Australia’s Future Tax System”, is available at: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25686748-2702,00.html.
Tim Dick, “NZ Takes a ‘Smooth Path’ to Emissions Trading”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 May 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/world/nz-takes-a-smooth-path-to-emissions-trading-20100521-w1up.html
New South Wales
Sean Nicholls, “Dysfunctional, Corrupt and Rotten, the Rnd is Finally Nigh for Labor”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 September 2010, Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/dysfunctional-corrupt-and-rotten-the-end-is-finally-nigh-for-labor-20100901-14nng.html?autostart=.
Imre Salusinszky, “Maxine McKew ‘Defied Tammany Hall’ and Paid Price”, The Australian, 26 August 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/election/maxine-mckew-defied-tammany-hall-and-paid-price/story-e6frgdbf-1225910117640.
Peter Martin, “Stimulus Packages Prop Up Building Industry”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 June 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/stimulus-packages-prop-up-building-industry-20100616-ygev.html.
Louise Hall, “Auditor Warns of Scope for Fraud in State Agencies”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 June 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/auditor-warns-of-scope-for-fraud-in-state-agencies-20100615-ydbj.html.
New South Wales Government Budget 2010-2011 homepage is at: http://www.budget.nsw.gov.au/
Sean Nicholls, “Who’s Who in the Lobby Game Is Everyone’s Business”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 May 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/whos-who-in-the-lobby-game-is-everyones-business-20100520-vlit.html.
Louise Hall, “They Ran the State, and Now in Retirement They’re Running Up Bills”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 April 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/they-ran-the-state-and-now-in-retirement-theyre-running-up-bills-20100429-twms.html.
Matthew Moore, “Into a Sea of Trouble”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 April 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/into-a-sea-of-trouble-20100423-tj3x.html.
Industry growth re Newcastle as "the world's largest coal export
costs re peoples health:
Josephine Tovey and Andrew West, “Act Quickly Or Be Paralysed, Councils Warn”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 March 2010. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/population-boom-means-double-trouble-for-the-west-20100317-qfq0.html.
The Sydney Morning Herald, “Think, Revive and Thrive: A State Vision”, 11 March 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/think-revive-and-thrive-a-state-vision-20100310-pzei.html.
Matt O’Sullivan, “Train Project Goes Off the Rails”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 March 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/business/train-project-goes-off-the-rails-20100310-pz8l.html.
Brian Robins, “Demotion for Events NSW as Macdonald is Handed the Reins”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 March 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/demotion-for-events-nsw-as-macdonald-is-handed-the-reins-20100309-pvuj.html
Kristina Keneally, Premier of New South Wales, announced the Metropolitan Transport Plan – Connecting the City of Cities on 22 February 2010. The announcement is available at: http://www.accci.com.au/MTP.pdf.
List of Current Ministers of the New South Wales Parliament, with photos, brief profile, telephone numbers and email addresses: http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/members.nsf/V3ListCurrentMinisters.
Tony Koch, “Gordon Nuttall’s Daughter Evicted in ‘Vendetta’”, The Australian, 9 July 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/gordon-nuttalls-daughter-evicted-in-vendetta/story-e6frg6nf-1225889581845.
Changing attitudes toward cabinet solidarity in Queensland: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25716480-5013479,00.html.
Matthew Denholm, “Premier Backflips on Power-Sharing”, The Australian, 14 April 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/premier-backflips-on-power-sharing/story-e6frg6zo-1225853389798.
Greg Sheridan, “Baillieu Shows Guts on Greens”, The Australian, 18 November 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/baillieu-shows-guts-on-greens/story-e6frg6zo-1225955203217.
AAP. “Victorian MP Craig Langdon Names Bill Shorten among ‘Faceless Men” behind His Demise”, The Australian, 26 August 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/victorian-labor-mp-craig-langdon-names-bill-shorten-among-faceless-men-behind-his-demise/story-e6frg6nf-1225910388357
Lauren Wilson, “John Brumby Caves in on Graft”, The Australian, 3 June 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/john-brumby-caves-in-on-graft/story-e6frg6nf-1225874750801.
Ewin Hannan, “Union Abandons Labor in Favour of Greens”, The Australian, 1 May 2010. Available at:, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/union-abandons-labor-in-favour-of-greens/story-e6frg6nf-1225860821505.
Patricia Karvelas, “Julia Gillard’s Special Health Deal for the West”, The Australian, 31 July 2010. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/politics/julia-gillards-special-health-deal-for-the-west/story-e6frgczf-1225890964082.
Richard Ackland, “Hey Hey, It’s a Very Sad Day for Justice”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 June 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/hey-hey-its-a-very-sad-day-for-justice-20100610-y0cz.html.
of Australian Cities
Matthew Moore, “Cut To Developer Levy Will Send Rates Soaring”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 June 2010. Available at: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/cut-to-developer-levy-will-send-rates-soaring-20100610-y0ms.htm.
Greater Sydney Municipal Governments
Mathew Moore, “Population Boom Means Double Trouble for the West”, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 March 2010. Available at. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/population-boom-means-double-trouble-for-the-west-20100317-qfq0.html.
Public Feedback is invited in reference to the draft of Sustainable Sydney 2030 strategy. The introduction by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP is available at: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/2030/documents/LMCMMP.pdf. A download of the plan is available at:http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/2030/theplan/Downloads.asp.
Briefing paper from the City of Parramatta: http://www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/12851/Community_Hubs_Briefing_Paper_26-09-07_website.pdf.
“Mr Rudd, Why Did You Forget Parramatta”, media release by Chiang Lim, Deputy Mayor of Parramatta, 16 March 2010. Available at: http://www.chianglim.com.au/news/media_releases/prime_minister_rudd_dont_take_parramatta_for_granted/menu_id_115.html.
Further to above letter, “Chiang Lim Goes to Federal Cabinet”. Available at: http://www.chianglim.com.au/blog/blog/chiang_lim_goes_to_federal_cabinet/menu_id_106.html.
Diane Bartok, “Lord Mayoral Vote Vetoed”, Parramatta Adviser, 24 March 2010. Available at: http://parramatta-advertiser.whereilive.com.au/news/story/popular-vote-vetoed/.
Internet addresses of strategically positioned Greater Sydney
Internet addresses for regional profiles from the NSW Department of State and Regional Development:
Hunter and Central Coast - ACCCI Northern Sydney Region -http://www.business.nsw.gov.au/region/profiles/Hunter.htm and http://www.business.nsw.gov.au/region/profiles/Central+Coast.htm.
Western Sydney- ACCCI Central Sydney Region - http://www.business.nsw.gov.au/region/profiles/westernsydney.htm.
Blue Mountains and Central West- ACCCI Western
Sydney- ACCCI Eastern Sydney Region
Illawarra – ACCCI
Southern Sydney Region -