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Australia free trade deal talks to push for greater access to EU's agriculture markets

Australia will push for expanded access to Europe’s agricultural markets in free trade talks with the EU after its member states gave the green light for negotiations to start within weeks.

The trade minister, Steve Ciobo, has said Australia would aim for a “high-quality, comprehensive free trade deal with the European Union in as quick a time as possible” but would not “sacrifice the quality of a trade deal for speed”.

At a press conference in Canberra on Wednesday Malcolm Turnbull announced that the EU had agreed to a mandate to negotiate a free trade agreement with Australia.

The prime minister said free trade was “key to my government’s plan” for economic growth and the EU deal would “create more jobs in Australia and it will create more jobs in Europe”.


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