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Singapore trade agreement amendments: submissions needed

3 May 2017: Amendments to the 2003 Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement were tabled in Parliament  on March 20 and are being reviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties. The problem with the amendments is that they largely reflect the text of the TPP,Including increases in temporary workers, removal of labour market testing for temporary workers and expansion of state government procurement commitments. 

Pacific Island organisation shines critical light on PACER-plus

30 April 2017: The Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) has published a People’s Guide to PACER-Plus, aiming to explain the agreement and its impacts on the Pacific in accessible language.

PANG Coordinator, Ms Maureen Penjueli said it was crucial that every Pacific Islander has the opportunity to know how it will affect them, not just today but into the future.

Possible FTA with Hong Kong

26 April 2017: The Australian Government is currently considering a free trade agreement with Hong Kong. At this stage, the Government has put out a press release signalling their intention and is currently inviting public submissions. Read on for our human rights and environmental sustainability concerns.

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