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The Hon Warren Truss MP MINISTER FOR TRADE DEPUTY LEADER OF THE NATIONALS

Media release

7 March 2007

Trade Takes Regions to the World

The Australian Government Minister for Trade, Warren Truss, today launched a series of 24 new brochures that illustrate how international trade and investment are benefiting regional Australia.

Mr Truss said Trade Matters brochures contain examples of the export successes of small and medium-sized enterprises in regional Australia, as well as the well-known successes of our big companies.

"The Trade Matters brochures also show how exports, as well as overseas investment in Australia's regions, have created jobs in local communities, opened new industries and enabled traditional industries to remain buoyant," Mr Truss said.

"All of these regional enterprises are tapping into the global marketplace and ploughing many of the profits back into our regional communities - and Australia's economy as a whole.

"Our regional exporters are creating jobs, lifting living standards in their local communities and continuing to expand through innovation, greater efficiency and further investment.

"The huge range of successful exporters featured in these brochures - from fishermen and organic food producers to mining engineers and industrial clothing manufacturers- is proof of Australia's ability to compete in diverse world markets.

"These export successes are also testament to the opportunities opened up by Australia's domestic economic reforms over the past two decades, in particular our trade liberalisation agenda.

"Regional gains from the growth of Australia's trade could be even greater if impediments in our overseas markets could be reduced.

"The Australian Government is pursuing significant reductions in international trade barriers at the multilateral, regional and bilateral levels, as well as vigorously promoting Australia's exports.

"Achieving a substantial result from the WTO Doha Round remains our top priority. This year, regional trade policy will be highlighted through our hosting of the APEC meetings. We are also pursuing WTO-consistent free trade agreements to complement and support our multilateral liberalisation efforts.

"The Trade Matters brochures are an impressive record of achievement by our entrepreneurial and enterprising regional Australians. One in four jobs in regional and

rural Australia are export related and there are even more opportunities available," he said.

Brochures are available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's website. For hard copies, e-mail tradewatch@dfat.gov.au

Media Inquiries: Minister Truss' office 02 6277 7420 - Departmental Media Liaison 02 6261 1555