Submission to DFAT on trade with Indonesia
20 September 2016
Trade with Indonesia continues to be a priority with an aim to finish the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) by mid-2017.
AFTINET has made a detailed submission to DFAT covering our major concerns and recommending that:
- There should be greater transparency in the trade negotiation process
- Removal of tariffs and quotas should only be decided after careful, independent analysis of the impacts of such changes on industry and workers in both countries
- Indonesia and Australia should retain flexibility to regulate the provision of essential services both now and in the future
- Temporary movement of workers should not be included in trade agreements. Labour mobility discussions should happen in separate agreements and include extra protection for vulnerable migrant workers.
- There should be no erosion of Australia’s high standards for qualifications and prerequisite language skills
- The IA-CEPA should contain effective, enforceable labour rights and environmental sustainability provisions based on UN conventions
- Both countries should retain their right to regulate foreign investment in the national interest
- No form of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) should be included in the agreement
- TPP-style extensions on intellectual property rights for corporations at the expense of consumers should be rejected, and in particular there should be no extensions of monopoly rights on medicines
- Both governments should retain the policy space to use government procurement for industry development purposes.
If you or your organisation would like to make a submission to DFAT, this should be done as soon as possible. You will find DFAT’s guidelines here.