Former Minister for Trade
Australian Commonwealth Coat of Arms

6 April 2008

Review of Export Policies and Programs

The Minister for Trade, Simon Crean, is encouraging Australian business and community groups to contribute to the Government’s wide-ranging review of trade policy.

An issues paper was released at the weekend by David Mortimer AO, who is conducting the Government’s Review of Export Policies and Programs (the Mortimer Review).

Australians now have an opportunity to provide their ideas and perspectives on our export opportunities and challenges.

Release of the issues paper follows the Prime Minister’s focus over the past week on the importance of securing agreement to the WTO Doha Round of trade negotiations.

"The first pillar of the Government’s trade policy is trade reform at the border – greater market access via the Doha Round and other means," said Mr Crean.

"The second pillar of our trade approach is trade and economic reform behind the border. That is the pillar the Mortimer Review will focus on."

"I am looking to the Mortimer Review to develop new ideas and recommend approaches that will maximise Australia’s trade and investment performance."

"With the Mortimer Review examining our export future and renewed impetus to progress the Doha Round of negotiations, Australian trade policy is at a pivotal moment."

The Review will include a specific examination of the effectiveness of the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme. The Review is also examining Australia’s approach to free trade agreements (FTAs).

"I encourage constructive input into the Review and look forward to receiving the final report by 31 August 2008."

The issues paper and further information is available on the Review’s website.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 2 May 2008.
The Review Secretariat can be contacted directly on: Trade.review@dfat.gov.au
Media Inquiries: Mr Crean's office, David Walker 02 6277 7420 or 0407 133 020 – Departmental Media Liaison 02 6261 1555

Media Inquiries: Mr Crean's office 02 6277 7420 - Departmental Media Liaison 02 6261 1555