ALP trade policy on ISDS, release of texts

June 7: The ALP trade policy released today shows the influence of community campaigning. It includes the release of draft texts during negotiations and tabling text of proposed agreements in Parliament before signing.ISDS provisions would be excluded from future agreements and be reviewed in existing agreements. Labour market testing would be reintroduced for temporary skilled workers.  AFTINET will publish an evaluation of all major parties' trade policies soon.

If implemented, this policy would require a review of the TPP, which has not yet been ratified, and of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership still being negotiated between the 10 ASEAN countries, China, Japan, India, Korea, Australia and New Zealand. See Gareth Hutchen's analysis in The Guardian.