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By Ann Capling

Australia and the realm exchange approach offers a finished account of Australia's position in constructing and conserving the multilateral exchange procedure from its origins in 1947 to the current day. This publication, according to archival assets and oral interviews, makes an important contribution to our figuring out of Australia's alternate guidelines, its advertisement international relations, and its function and place within the international political economic climate.

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All three of the government's major negotiating objectives had been achieved. The 'negative' approach of trade liberalisation had been counterbalanced by positive commitments to employment and economic development. Australia had also secured amendments that permitted countries to use defensive measures otherwise proscribed by the Charter in the event of economic emergencies, such as a balance of payments crisis. The net result was a far less rigid and doctrinaire draft Charter, which balanced free trade against employment and development objectives and which recognised the varying domestic objectives and economic profiles of different countries.

3 Sectionalism Ascendant When the Menzies coalition government came to power in December 1949 the future of the new multilateral trade system was by no means certain or secure. On the one hand, there had been a great deal of activity within the GAIT itself. Since Havana, the twenty-two Contracting Parties (CPs) to the GAIT had begun the practice of meeting periodically for administrative purposes and ten additional countries had applied for accession to the GATT. 4 There had been a second round of tariff negotiations at Annecy, France in 1949, and Chile had used the GATT dispute settlement mechanism to successfully pursue a complaint against Australia.

From an Australian perspective, what the United States and Britain hailed as 'trade liberalisation' looked more like Anglo-American imperialism. 19 Indeed, Australian government commitment to industrial development was growing, not waning, in this period. The United States envisioned limits on the use of tariffs and other protective measures through the negotiated reduction and 'binding' of tariffs, restrictions on subsidies for protective purposes, and bans on quantitative import restrictions.

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