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Free Trade Agreement with China doesn’t have sufficient safeguards Australian jobs

Speaking to the ABC this morning Senator Penny Wong highlighted the fundamental problem Labor has with the Free Trade Agreement with China. She said the agreement doesn’t have sufficient safeguards when it comes to Australian jobs.

The Senator highlighted that with the Free Trade Agreement with China removes key safeguards in relation to labour market testing.The Senator said Australia should be making sure jobs are first offered to Australians before they can be offered to temporary migrants. She also mentioned that labour market testing is not set out anywhere in the agreement or in the side letters.

“a Labor Government would never have negotiated an agreement which allowed this level of exclusion of labour market testing in relation to Australian jobs.” Said Ms Wong

“we are willing to sit down with the government to discuss how we can build safeguards around this agreement”

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