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Australia - Collateral damage in a trade skirmish? - Craig Emerson, Gorana Grgic and Lai Ha Chan


From: Tuesday October 29, 2019, 12:30 pm

To: Tuesday October 29, 2019, 2:00 pm

A key risk to the Australian economy is the worsening trade skirmish between the US and China, which has morphed into a currency war. So far, Australia has been well-insulated, with RBA rate cuts and a lower AUD mitigating the damage. But, for how long can Australia skate around yet another global pot-hole? Our expert panel, including Dr Craig Emerson, Dr Lai Ha Chan and Dr Gorana Grgic from the United States Studies Centre, will discuss current trade hostilities and implications for Australia.

Panel moderated by Ms Leanne Taylor, Head of Macroeconomic and Markets Research, CBUS Super.

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost: $75 members, $95 non-members
A working lunch will be served.


Click here to register online
Enquiries: or call 0419 256 339


Dr Craig Emerson is the Managing Director at Craig Emerson Economics Pty Ltd and has been a consultant with KPMG since January 2016. From 2010 to 2013, Craig was the Federal Minister for Trade and Competitiveness. In 2012 he was appointed Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Asian Century Policy and in 2013 he was also appointed Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research. During the preceding parliamentary term, Craig was Minister for Small Business, Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs. Craig was the architect of the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century. He brokered an APEC agreement to limit tariffs on 54 environmental goods to 5 percent and he developed 'new pathways' for re-starting the Doha Round of global trade talks that led to an interim agreement in December 2013, the first in 20 years. With his counterparts in the US and EU, he set up a negotiation on trade in services that now includes 50 countries covering 70 percent of global services trade.

Dr Gorana Grgic is a jointly appointed Lecturer at the Department of Government and International Relations and the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Gorana was awarded a PhD in International Relations at the University of Sydney in 2014. Her doctoral research was complementary to an Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project "Political Institutions, War, and Peace: Global and Regional Dynamics." Gorana holds a Master of International Studies degree from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) degree from the University of Zagreb.

Dr Lai-Ha Chan is a Senior Lecturer in the Social and Political Sciences Program, School of Communication at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She was a visiting fellow in the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University in the academic year 2016-2017. Her research interests revolve around global governance of public health, humanitarian intervention and international development and China’s role in it. Her current research centres on China’s economic statecraft and infrastructure investment through the means of its Belt and Road Initiative, and their impact on regional order-building in the Indo-Pacific. Her most recent publication is Australia’s Strategic Hedging in the Indo-Pacific: A ‘Third Way’ Beyond Either China or the US (Australia-China Research Institute, UTS, 2019).


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