Saturday 09 Oct 2021 | 19:39 | SYDNEY
Saturday 09 Oct 2021 | 19:39 | SYDNEY

Reader riposte: Diplomatic despair

22 August 2011 15:11

Bill Carmichael, co-author of a Lowy Institute Policy Brief on protectionism, writes:

The Government's review of trade policy, released in April, stated that trade policy would in future be pursued as a domestic policy issue, and as part of a broad domestic reform agenda aimed at improving flagging national productivity. It also confirmed that it would eschew strategic and other foreign policy considerations. 

The problem of under-resourcing of DFAT identified in the Lowy review would therefore be substantially relieved if responsibility for trade were relocated to a department with economy-wide responsibility for that broad domestic reform agenda. Treasury comes to mind.