Pac Trade Advisor says funding offer challenges Pacific sovereignty

Updated September 1, 2011 10:26:54
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The Pacific's Chief Trade Advisor, Chris Noonan, says Australia is still placing unacceptable conditions on funding for the Office he heads - an Office tasked with providing expert advice for the Pacific's negotiations with Australia and New Zealand for the proposed PACER Plus trade agreement.

A new draft funding contract was delivered to Mr Noonan late on Tuesday, following allegations from the Australian Greens that Canberra is using the funding to undermine the independence Chief Trade Advisor's Office.

Mr Noonan says the contract is better than the previous draft sent in May, but still not good enough to sign.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett
Speaker: Chris Noonan, Chief Trade Advisor to the Forum Island Countries