The John Hyde Archives

Historic archive of articles and newspaper columns written by former Australian politician John Hyde.

Trade

High price of nappies built into BHP costs

Cronyism  Trade  Regulation 

  • The Australian Government should not insulate the management of BHP from the wrath of the shareholders for making bad decisions lest they do not learn their lesson.
  • There is a need to understand the true relationship between unemployment to the tariff.
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Labour's stand on sales tax should be queried

Taxation  Economics  Trade 

  • A Tariff tax falls most heavily on necessities of life versus a sales tax which falls most heavily on luxury goods.
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Facing up to structural change

Trade  Economics 

  • The Australian government cannot do much to prevent the world trade patterns from changing.
  • Various interests need to be more balanced in a fair manner.
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Protectionism  Trade  Economics 

  • Defensive protectionist policies make things worse.
  • Australian trade is much more restrained compared to similar sized economies.
  • Nations which have unilaterally reduced their trade barriers have achieved higher rates of economic growth.
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The NFF and the Balderstone Report

Protectionism  Industrial Relations  Regulations  Trade 

  • The report states that Australia's comparatively efficient agriculture is burdened with unnecessary regulation.
  • It is in Australia's interest that the agricultural industry propers while remaining efficient.
  • Australian agriculture suffers a considerable burden placed upon it by protected industries and trade unions and is under the mercy of international prices.
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Australia Writ Small

Protectionism  Trade  Regulation 

  • Both Australia and New Zealand have high import barriers.
  • Min price arrangements and export incentives are poor means of re-allocation of the nation's (New Zealand) resources.
  • Both nations have adequate natural advantages that are blunted by government intervention.
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Closer Economic Relations

Protectionism  Trade 

  • To prevent trade is to penalise both buyers and sellers.
  • The Closer Economic Relations (CER) with New Zealand will benefit Australia more as New Zealand has to adjust its trade barriers as compared to Australia.
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A great trading nation

Trade  Economics 

  • Countries with small economies must trade with foreigners while citizens of large economies have a range of specialist skills that enable them to trade with each other.
  • Australia's trade is getting worse over the years.
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Trade Policy Transparency

Protectionism  Trade 

  • Tariffs cause job losses and is a tax which few citizens are aware of due to lack of experiences in price comparisons.
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Dumping

Trade  Competition 

  • Goods are said to be dumped when they are imported and sold in Australia below current price levels.
  • Predatory dumping should not be confused with price discrimination.
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Statutory Marketing Authorities

Protectionism  Economics  Trade 

  • An industry that depends on world markets cannot avoid change. By delaying just long enough, many who have neither learnt to swim or moved to a higher ground will drown.
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Exporters Pay for Tariffs

Protectionism  Trade 

  • Tariffs raise prices in the import competing industries over and above the extent that the wages rise for the rest of the economy.
  • Protectionism impoverishes exporters rather than penalising foreign competitors.
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Coastal Shipping

Protectionism  Trade 

  • Protection of the Shipping & Steel Industries have knock on effects on other industries.
  • A government decision to protect an industry destroys another/others.
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John Stone and all that

Competition  Trade 

  • Review of John Stone's lecture.
  • Weakening of Australia to face the world market.
  • Government gains monopoly of information.
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Grain Handling

Protectionism  Trade  Regulation 

  • Wheat board (Trade barriers).
  • Farmer are unable to price differentiate between higher quality of wheel produced (price takers not setters).
  • Cost of over regulation where both some producers and consumers are the biggest losers.
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The MIN Report

Subsidies  Trade 

  • Exporters have difficulties of low international prices and high Australian costs.
  • The source of the troubles is bad government instead of bad markets.
  • Mining companies are being loaded with infrastructural costs which are not asked of other competing sectors of the economy.
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Foreign Investment

Trade  Business 

  • When Governments meddle with commerce, it is to grant an unequal privilege over established vested interests.
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Asian Shipping

Business  Trade 

  • Australia's shipping industry is to be handmaiden to trade and the industry's over-tonnage will burden either the ship owners or shippers.
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The Ultimate Cost of Protection

Protectionism  Politics  Trade  Economics 

  • Australia is paying a heavy social price for a closed economy. Only by reducing border protection is there a possibility of turning things around.
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The National Party and The Farmers

Politics  Protectionism  Trade  Taxation 

  • Australia's trade barriers is costing Australian farmers on average $12,000 annually and is more than fuel taxes, capital gain tax and all other areas of rural complaints.
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Grain Handling

Protectionism  Trade 

  • With all the barriers to trade, we are a banana republic.
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Industrial Relations in The Pilbara

Industrial Relations  Trade 

  • Foreign buyers only care about the price of iron ore. It is hard to understand why employee insist on practices that reduce productivity.
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Textiles, Clothing & Footwear (not in print)

Protectionism  Trade 

  • Workers that are in a protected industry must be prepared to accept modest wages that arise as a result of protectionism, if not, the economy will suffer, and riots will occur.
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World Trade

Trade  Economics  Politics 

  • Everything in an economy relates to everything else. One industry's protection is always another's cost.
  • International trade is always governed by domestic politics.
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Reforming GATT

Trade  Protectionism 

  • The solution to trade barriers is to measure the cost to the national economy and report to the public the cost.
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Trade Policy

Trade  Economics 

  • The problem is that Australians are consuming more than they produce. Until that is fixed, there is no reduction of the trade deficit.
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Joining East Asia

Economics  Trade 

  • The most important lesson that we can learn is the export orientation for the most successful countries is high and even going to the extent of subsidising exports.
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Trade Policy: The Litmus Test

Industrial Relations  Trade 

  • Free trade has always been in Australia's best interests. The Liberal's trade policy has called for Australia economy to be integrated internationally by the year 2000.
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Of Debt and Protection

Economics  Trade  Competition 

  • If Australia is to become internationally competitive, we need to reduce tariffs as well as our debt levels.
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The NFF

Politics  Trade 

  • The National Farmers Federation (NFF) has made intellectual integrity a source of political power and has done much to improve the trading environment for Australia's exports.
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