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Key among potential economic effects for Australia under either president Trump or Clinton is the stalled Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement, designed to turbocharge $22.1 billion in Australian exports to the US through the elimination of 98 per cent of tariffs across a 12-nation regional free-trade pact.
Mr Trump has lambasted such free-trade deals, arguing they have gutted US manufacturing. Mrs Clinton, responding to the electoral hot-button issue, has equivocated over future support for the TPP.
“If the Obama administration and Congress cannot get TPP done in the lame duck session, then TPP will be nearly a dead letter,” said Dr Bates Gill, of the Australian National University’s Strategic & Defence Studies Centre.
A Clinton presidency could revive the deal after the 2018 mid-term elections but the agreement would be doomed under Mr Trump, Dr Gill said.
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