Story: Australia and New Zealand



In 1965 New Zealand and Australia signed the New Zealand Australia Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but there were pressures to expand the agreement into a freer exchange of goods and services. The two prime ministers, Malcolm Fraser and Robert Muldoon, were somewhat suspicious of each other's intentions, and the New Zealand perspective was well illustrated by this Bob Brockie cartoon of March 1976, at the start of the Muldoon administration. However, the two trade ministers, Hugh Templeton and Doug Anthony, were strongly committed to a new agreement. In 1983 the Closer Economic Relations (CER) agreement was signed, providing for a phased withdrawal of all duties and quotas between the two countries.

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Cartoon by Bob Brockie

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Philippa Mein Smith, 'Australia and New Zealand - Trade relations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 October 2017)

Story by Philippa Mein Smith, published 20 Jun 2012