Organisations representing millions of Australians wrote to Labor MPs last week asking them to implement their policies against harmful proposals including special rights for foreign investors to sue governments for millions over domestic laws.
The Morrison government hopes to pass legislation cobbling together three free-trade deals within months. Draft legislation to lock in trade pacts with Indonesia, Hong Kong and Peru was introduced to parliament on Wednesday.
The Australian red meat industry is calling on the government to ratify the free trade agreements with Indonesia and Hong Kong without delay.
Community groups representing millions say trade deals with Indonesia, Hong Kong and Peru put corporate rights before people and environment and urge Labor and cross-bench to oppose them.
Australia will ratify a controversial trade deal with Hong Kong despite growing concern over Chinese government control of the city and the brutal treatment of protesters demanding universal suffrage for its people.
Australia needs to consider its moments to push human rights issues with its largest trading partner.
Australia’s Consul-General to Hong Kong says three months of protests haven’t derailed a free trade agreement, due to be signed by the end of the year.Australia’s Consul-General to Hong Kong says three months of protests haven’t derailed a free trade agreement, due to be signed by the end of the year.
Australian Foreign Minister has urged the Hong Kong government to show a "commitment to negotiation" to end months of protests, as she welcomed its decision to withdraw an extradition bill that mobilised millions of opponents.
AFTINET has joined with the ACTU, APHEDA and other Union and community groups to stand in solidarity with workers and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.
Canberra must tread cautiously amid the political instability, the peak union body tells a parliamentary committee.
Five members of the ASEAN have implemented a FTA with Hong Kong to remove tariffs, improve access for intra-regional service providers and eliminate pervasive non-tariff barriers to trade.
As part of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Hong Kong andASEAN, tariff reduction and services market access between Hong Kong and three ASEAN members will come into force in June
As released by the Australian Government
On 26 March 2019, Australia and Hong Kong signed the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement and its associated investment agreement.
The Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement and separate Investment Agreement signed still give special rights to foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in international tribunals
Australia will now be easier to compete in the Asian city because a new free-trade deal with Hong Kong.
It has taken a second FOI case and another two years to reveal that Australian taxpayers were only awarded half of the costs of defending Australia’s tobacco plain packaging laws against tobacco giant Philip Morris in March 2017.
Myanmar’s Union Parliament approved an agreement on investment between the ASEAN and China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR).
The ASEAN – Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is now in its final stage and is hoped to take effect within 2019.
Hong Kong signed an agreement with China to allow goods of Hong Kong origin to enter the China without tariffs, made as part of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) initiative.