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Yes, We Have No Bananas, Part II: When Protectionism Bites Back

The Prime Minister says he has not ‘met a political leader who can stop a cyclone,’ but the government can certainly stop banana imports:

Biosecurity Australia has been considering an application from The Philippines to export bananas to Australia since 2000 and made a draft recommendation two years ago that conditional permission be granted.

The draft produced a storm of protest from growers and a senate inquiry, forcing the Government to send Biosecurity Australia back to the drawing board to prepare a further risk assessment next year.

This week’s CPI shock is a nice case of protectionism coming back to bite the government in the arse.


posted on 29 July 2006 by skirchner in Economics

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