An exquisite FTA dilemma for Abbott

Australia's opportunities to supply Asia with food are immense. But efforts to forge an FTA with China will be a minefield for Tony Abbott.

It looks like Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be putting a hard question in 2014 to Australia’s farmers and the populist Right that swept him to power: the opportunity to export food to China in the decades ahead will be immense, but only if China is allowed to buy more Australian farmland.

This will be a key part of the Free Trade Agreement with China on which the PM has now put a 12-month deadline.

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