Trumping trade: Understanding the Australia-US economic relationship



4 April 2017


Corrs Chambers Westgarth, 8-12 Chifley Square, Sydney


Launch event

The United States is Australia’s largest investment partner, its second largest two-way trade partner and a key technology partner. While China is Australia’s largest trade partner in terms of exports and imports, the United States is Australia’s leading economic partner across a number of areas and there is a high degree of integration of the Australian and US economies.

In a new report from the Perth USAsia Centre, Trumping Trade: Understanding the Australia-United States Economic Relationship, author Ian Satchwell together with Gordon Flake and the Hon Kim Beazley AC have brought together data and analysis of our trade and economic relationship.

Kim Beazley AC, Robert Regan, Maureen Dougherty and Gordon Flake
Kim Beazley AC, Robert Regan, Maureen Dougherty and Gordon Flake


  • The Honourable Kim Beazley, AC
    The Honourable Kim Beazley, AC
    Former Australian Ambassador to the United States

    The Honourable Kim Beazley AC is a member of the US Studies Centre Board of Directors. Mr Beazley was the 33rd Governor of Western Australia. Prior to being installed as Governor, Mr Beazley had dedicated almost three decades to a career in Federal Parliament, representing the WA seats of Brand and Swan. Mr Beazley took up an appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America in February 2010. He served as Ambassador until January 2016.

  • Professor Gordon Flake
    Professor Gordon Flake
    Chief Executive Officer, Perth USAsia Centre

    Professor Gordon Flake is a member of the US Studies Centre's Board of Directors. He is the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Perth USAsia Centre at The University of Western Australia.

  • Ian Satchwell
    Senior Fellow, Perth USAsia Centre

    Ian Satchwell is a Senior Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre and has three decades of experience in policies relating to minerals, energy, trade and development at national and international levels.