Nine NGOs called on the UK government to prioritise spiritual presence in a free trade agreement between the UK and Australia, and seven expressed concern. Some saw a free trade agreement with Australia as an opportunity to set high standards for copyright protection, including for artists` resale rights. There have been some objections to wider exceptions and restrictions on copyright, with a preference for maintaining the current UK system. There was also a comment on genetic resources and concerns about interaction with patent policy. A comment was also made on the importance of the United Kingdom retaining its flexibility to limit intellectual property rights (as permitted by the WTO TRIPS agreement) in order to support access to affordable medicines for low-income countries. One respondent also expressed concern about the loss of GIs in product labelling as a result of a trade agreement with Australia. ensure first-rate transparency between the UK and Australia, including the publication of measures (such as laws and regulations) relating to trade and investment, public consultation and the right to conduct an appropriate review of these measures. Interviewees also called for the United Kingdom to be involved in international cooperation in the development of international standards, which could then be applied by the United Kingdom and its partner countries. Some called for closer cooperation in recognizing the equivalence of technical rules and standards applied to facilitate trade. One respondent called for harmonization between the British Standards Institution (Kitemark) quality label with an Australian equivalent to facilitate the identification and recognition of high-quality products that are safe for consumers. Three companies expressed concern, mainly about the need to prevent low-quality imports from entering the UK that do not comply with UK standards and regulations. There has also been unease about the extent of regulation and bureaucracy associated with the adoption of national product standards and the lack of harmonization with international standards.
This publication is presented under www.gov.uk/government/publications/uks-approach-to-negotiating-a-free-trade-agreement-with-australia/uk-australia-free-trade-agreement-the-uks-strategic-approach The main estimates presented in this paper take into account only the potential variations in trade costs resulting from a free trade agreement between Australia and the United Kingdom. They are not a general economic forecast, nor do they consider the uncertainty of modelling exercises. Conclude an ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement with Australia that will strengthen our economic relations with an important and like-minded partner and promote stronger trade in goods and services and greater cross-border investment. We will continue to listen and respond to stakeholders by developing both our independent trade policy and our future relationship with the EU. Many interviewees felt that Australian companies already had access to the UK audio-visual (AV) market. A number of interviewees focused on how a free trade agreement could have a negative impact on the UK audiovisual ecosystem, with one respondent referring in particular to the positive impact of the UK public broadcasting system (PSB) on the success of British companies abroad. Some also felt that advertising time discriminated against non-Australian content and that media companies were subject to foreign ownership restrictions.