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