UK-AUS Free Trade agreement must advance human rights

The Australian Greens MPs

The Greens today are calling on the Government to ensure the UK-Australia free trade agreement upholds environmental standards, labour rights, human rights and includes a First Nations trade chapter.

Yamatji-Noongar woman and Greens spokesperson for Trade, Dorinda Cox said advancing human rights, protecting workers and our environment should be at the heart of how Australia engages in free trade agreements.

“For too long, we have witnessed dodgy trade deals that undermine workers rights and trash our planet. This must stop. It is essential that the UK-Australia free trade agreement includes measures that address the climate crisis,” she said.

“Securing a First Nations trade chapter as part of this agreement would be a game changer for First Nations businesses across the country. It has the potential to unlock significant capital, create jobs and offer careers on Country.

“Our New Zealand brothers and sisters recently signed a UK-NZ free trade agreement that included an Indigenous trade chapter. I hope that Australia can follow this path.

“The Greens are disappointed that the text of the agreement was not released to the community before it was finalised. It is clear we need a more transparent and democratic process for negotiating treaties that enables community engagement going forwards.”

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