Indonesia trade deal faces Senate hurdles

September 26, 2019: The Canberra Times and SBS news have reported that the Australia-Indonesia trade deal could face Senate opposition after key cross benchers, including the Greens, Centre Alliance and One Nation expressed concerns about aspects of the deal, including provisions for an additional 5000 temporary seasonal fruit and vegetable pickers each year who are vulnerable to wage theft and other forms of exploitation.

ACTU president Michele O'Neil said "We are deeply concerned that the Morrison government has done yet another dodgy deal that opens the door to an increased number of temporary workers being exploited when we should be prioritising hiring and training local workers."

 Labor has yet to decide its position on the deal, with Shadow Trade Minister Madeleine King saying "Labor will continue to speak with stakeholders, within the labour movement and beyond, to ensure we reach a consensus position on this agreement."