India FTA negotiations years away
20 April 2017: During a recent visit to India, PM Turnbull confirmed that negotiations with India for a bilateral free trade deal remain stalled and could be years away. Talks came to a standstill in late 2016 with the priority on the regional RCEP deal.
Since then, Turnbull’s recent announcement to abolish the 457 visa has further cooled the prospects of a deal in the immediate future. India had wanted greater access for its workers to come to Australia on an expanded 457 visa scheme.
For the moment, the focus remains on the RCEP, which includes India along with all ten ASEAN countries, plus China, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Read more about the RCEP here.
Find out more about labour mobility in trade agreements:
- 457 change shows danger of temporary labour arrangements in trade agreements (19 April 2017)
- China FTA review should ditch temporary worker clause (1 April 2017)
- Pacific Island workers exploited in Australia (14 March 2017)
- RCEP: Race to the bottom for workers’ rights (March 2017)