Few free trade favours from Fortress Japan

Australia's agreement with Japan has left farmers out in the cold, sealing little improvement for the biggest exporting sectors.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Trade Minister Andrew Robb have hailed the freshly inked free trade agreement with Japan as “historic”. Yes, it is historic in a sense that it is a repeat of the  much criticised 2004 free trade agreement with the United States that provide very limited commercial benefits to Australian farmers.

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