Portfolio Releases

LABOR LAUNCHES TRADE DIVERSIFICATION PLAN

05 May 2022

Labor believes in the power of trade to create jobs and economic development in Australia. Labor is the party of free, fair and open trade. 

TRADE DEAL DELAY DUE TO LIBERAL LAZINESS

22 March 2022

Scott Morrison’s Liberals only have themselves to blame for failing to ink a free trade deal with India during Monday night’s leaders’ summit with Indian Prime Minister Modi.

By ignoring all but one of the 90 recommendations of the India Economic Strategy to 2035 report penned by Peter Varghese – which the Government received in 2018 – three successive Liberal trade ministers have failed to lay the groundwork required to secure a trade deal with India.

ESTIMATES REVEAL GOVERNMENT KNEW ABOUT UK WINE TAX HIKE BEFORE INKING FTA

17 February 2022

Senate Estimates hearings have revealed red wine producers across Australia have been let down by the Morrison-Joyce Government.

DFAT officials have sensationally revealed they knew for at least a month before negotiations on the UK-Australia FTA were concluded that the UK was proposing to impose higher excise duties on alcohol, including bottled red wine.

A-UKFTA DEAL COMPROMISED BY FLAWED PROCESS, ZERO CONSULTATION

17 December 2021

Trade is an important aspect of the close relationship between Australia and the UK, however we are concerned the Free Trade Agreement has been signed today without any consultation about its content or economic analysis of its impact on Australian jobs and exporters.

WTO DISPUTE WIN FOR AUSTRALIAN SUGAR EXPORTERS

15 December 2021

A report released by a World Trade Organisation dispute panel overnight means Australian sugar exporters are a step closer to a level playing field in international sugar markets.

3,200 WA JOBS IN SCARBOROUGH PROJECT WELCOMED

22 November 2021

Today I congratulated Woodside and BHP on their announcement of a final decision to proceed with the Scarborough natural gas project off the Western Australian coast.

PITT MISLEADS ON PEP-11

02 November 2021

It’s time for the Resources Minister to come clean about why it’s taking him so long to rule on the Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 (PEP-11) after he was caught misleading Parliament last month. 

RCEP TRADE DEAL BILL MUST PROMPT GOVERNMENT MYANMAR ACTION

19 October 2021

Labor will support legislation to ratify the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) because it will benefit Australian exporters and workers, but calls on the Government to take a stand on the restoration of democracy in Myanmar.

TEHAN MUST LEAD ON COVID-19 TRIPS WAIVER

13 October 2021

Labor is calling on the Australian Government to follow through on their stated support of a waiver of World Trade Organisation intellectual property rules for COVID-19 vaccines, ahead of this week’s formal meetings of the WTO’s Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property.

COST OF MR MORRISON’S DIPLOMATIC FAILURES RISING

01 October 2021

The costs of Scott Morrison’s diplomatic failures on AUKUS keep rising, with the EU now suspending free trade agreement talks – putting Australian exporters and jobs in jeopardy, right when Australia needs urgent trade diversification.