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Progress of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

29 June 2015

ABC Lateline

Former deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization Andrew Stoler, who will be speaking at the Centre's conference on the Australia–US trade relationship, looks back at the benefits of the free trade deal agreed to by the two nations in 2005 and forward to the potential Trans-Pacific Partnership. Watch online

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The 8 things you should know about today's ruling on marriage equality

27 June 2015

The Star Observer

The US Supreme Court had ruled states can no longer bar same-sex couples from marrying. Lecturer David Smith explains how the court made two rulings, both of which ensured marriage equality would be the law of the land. Read article

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US ruling tipped to bolster gay marriage cause in Australia

27 June 2015

Sydney Morning Herald

A US Supreme Court decision to invalidate bans on same-sex marriage is expected to galvanise movement towards a marriage equality decision in Australia. Research associate Tom Switzer says the ruling was a "cultural watershed moment" for America. Read article

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America's place in the Pacific Century secured?

26 June 2015

The National Interest

A rare moment for bipartisanship in Washington has seen Barack Obama given fast track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership. CEO Bates Gill and research associate Tom Switzer say the agreement presages the prospect of a more confident, reliable and engaged America in the Pacific century. Read article

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Satellite technology will help "clapped out" Australian farm land

26 June 2015

ABC Rural

Professor of soil science Alex McBratney says Australia's "clapped out" soils could receive a radical lift in production. He made the case for a greater emphasis on soil moisture research technology at the Centre's Soil, Big Data, and the Future of Agriculture conference in Canberra. Read article

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Data from the dirt means soils ain’t simply soils

26 June 2015

The Australian

The ability to collect, combine, and analyse massive amounts of electronic data about the nation’s farms is already afoot in the United States. But the Centre-sponsored Soil and Big Data conference heard that the adoption of big data’s power to help farmers was being hampered by poor inter­net speeds and mobile phone coverage in rural Australia. Read article

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Asia sees conclusion of Trans-Pacific trade pact after US vote

25 June 2015

Bloomberg Business

Asian governments welcomed the US Senate’s passage of legislation granting President Barack Obama fast-track trade-negotiating authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Research associate Tom Switzer said this opens up the idea that America, not China, is the principal rule-setter in the region. Read article

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Producing food better and more efficiently

25 June 2015

ABC NSW Country Hour

United States Depertment of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture director Sonny Ramaswamy, who visited Australia for the Centre's Soil, Big Data, and the Future of Agriculture conference, says retailers and consumers must change the way they think about the food production. Listen online

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What Obama's new directive on hostage situations means

25 June 2015

ABC The Drum

President Barack Obama has announced that the US government will communicate with hostage takers, but this is more about increasing transparency than breaking from the past, says lecturer Gorana Grgic. Read article

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Joyce announces $1.5mil soil data investment

25 June 2015

Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce today announced $1.5 million in funding for a CSIRO real-time soil data project as part of the Soil, Big Data, and the Future of Agriculture conference in Canberra, hosted by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Read more

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