Trade reforms and the survival of the textiles, clothing and footwear industries in Australia
This paper documents the effects of trade reforms on the performance of Textiles Clothing and Footwear (TCF) industries in Australia over the period 1992-1997. Results indicate some preliminary improvements in performance in the TCF industries after trade liberalisation. The productivity gains of Small and Medium Industries (SMEs) have not been translated into export gains. The export behaviour of SMEs needs to be focused in order to improve export performance of TCF activities.