Thursday, 17 October 2019
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee; Reference
The government opposes this motion. The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has twice supported ratifying the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement and last week supported ratifying the trade agreements with Indonesia and Hong Kong, noting the benefits these agreements will bring to Australia's economy and Australian jobs. There are no new labour market testing waivers under these agreements or any dilution of Australian workplace standards. The agreements have stronger investment safeguards and strengthen the government's ability to regulate, including on legitimate public welfare measures like health and the environment. These agreements will create more opportunities for Australian farmers, investors, businesses and workers.