Submission to DFAT on the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement

February 24, 2020: Read AFTINET's submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the proposed Australia-UK free trade agreement. The submission outlines concerns relating to:

  • The lack of transparency and democratic accountability in trade negotiations
  • The inclusion of Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions
  • The inclusion of rules that extend intellectual property rights on patents and copyright
  • The potential impact of the trade in services provisions on essential services
  • The potential risks of government procurement provisions
  • The potential risks of electronic commerce provisions
  • The potential impact of provisions relating to trade in financial services
  • Compliance with International Human Rights and Labour Rights law and Environmental standards


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