More China FTA protests as ALP pledges to amend implementing legislation

Large protests were held at the China FTA Joint Standing Committee on Treaties parliamentary hearings in  MelbournePerth and Devonport last week. ALP Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, ALP MP Kelvin Thomson and other Labor MPs said the temporary labour provisions of the agreement were unacceptable and that the ALP would amend the implementing legislation in the Senate. Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson also said the agreement was unacceptable.The government and industry groups are planning an advertising campaign to defend the agreement. A separate Senate Inquiry will report in October.