Rising protectionism: keeping Australia and the global system open

Crawford School of Public Policy | East Asian Bureau of Economic Research
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Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 13 September 2017


Barton Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Professor Mari Pangestu, University of Indonesia; Mr Jonathan Coppel and Dr Jenny Gordon, Productivity Commission; Mr Justin Brown, DFAT; and Mr Andrew Parker, PwC.


Brandon Smith
+61 2 6125 6453

The rise of protectionism in the United States and in some other advanced economies threatens the open global trading system on which Australia, Asia and global welfare depends. This public seminar presents the main findings of the Productivity Commission’s research report Rising protectionism: challenges, threats and opportunities for Australia that models a set of scenarios based on new US trade policies and seeks to identify their implications for Australia. What are the implications of rising protectionism in Australia? What are some of the lessons that can be learnt from the election of Donald Trump and the inward-looking forces gaining steam in Europe and beyond? And how might Australia respond with its neighbours that rely on an open, rules-based global trading system for sustaining development and prosperity?

Panellists for the public forum:

  • Mari Pangestu is a Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia. She served as Indonesia’s Minister for Trade from 2004 to 2011 and as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy from 2011 to 2014.
  • Jonathan Coppel is a Commissioner at the Productivity Commission. Prior to his appointment, he was Head of the OECD G20 Sherpa office.
  • Justin Brown is Deputy Secretary at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Prior to that, he served as First Assistant Secretary, Office of Trade Negotiations.
  • Jenny Gordon is the Principal Advisor Research at the Productivity Commission, where she oversees the Commission’s research program and provides advice and quality assurance for research and inquiry work across both the Melbourne and Canberra Offices.
  • Andrew Parker is a Partner at PwC and lead the Australian branch’s Asia Practice. He is a Non-Executive Director at China Matters, and is an Executive Committee Member at the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee.

Dr Shiro Armstrong (ANU) will chair the panel.

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