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14 NATION WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1NTNE01Z01MA - V1 BRISBANE: Queenslands Uber debate appears to have fuelled violent attacks on drivers but the escalation hasnt been enough to prompt immediate government action. Two drivers of the ridesharing app were attacked by a group of men in around Brisbane on Monday morning. A third motorist, who was not working for Uber, was also assaulted. Transport Minister Jackie Trad would not comment on the attacks but said there was no excuse for violence. Uber has called for government intervention. The Taxi Council Queensland yesterday condemned the violence but expressed frustration at the uneven playing field created by Uber. The union insisted there was no evidence anyone from the taxi industry was responsible for the attacks. 14 NATION WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7 2015 New era of trade deal SYDNEY: Australian farmers could benefit from the 12nation Pacific free trade deal by more than $3.6 billion in annual exports within a decade. Australia already does $109 billion of trade with the countries that have signed up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With tariffs reduced or cut for beef, dairy, wine, sugar, rice, horticulture and seafood by the historic accord signed on Tuesday, that could soon be even higher. The TPP can transform Australias trade by providing businesses with freer market access and new trade and investment corridors, said HSBC Australia chief executive Tony Cripps. The TPP will usher in a new era of trade growth for Australia linked to innovative global value chains, agriculture and high-value services. An issue for Australian businesses could be getting to grips with how to exploit new arrangements. HSBC estimates only 19 per cent of Australian companies make use of free trade agreements. The stumbling block will not be about Australias products rather it will be the perception that trade agreements are too complicated to use, said HSBCs head of commercial banking in Australia James Hogan. A joint houses committee of the Australian parliament will scrutinise the deal, which has to be ratified in each country. Consumer rights group Choice has urged the government to make public all the details of the deal. Juju the baby baboon had more reason than most to celebrate Melbourne Zoo's 153rd birthday yesterday. Juju is thriving after having a tough start in life Picture: JASON EDWARDS Curse is off Juju Uber row escalates as taxi drivers attacked
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