Australia comes first when the Turnbull Government negotiates trade agreements.

Our trade agreements are negotiated to open new markets for Australian exporters that will drive economic growth and create new Australian jobs.

Once concluded, the process requires all trade agreements to be tabled in Parliament with a National Interest Analysis (NIA) which includes a discussion of the foreseeable economic effects of the treaty action and its direct financial costs to Australia.

A treaty is tabled after it has been signed for Australia, but before any treaty action is taken which would bind Australia under international law.

The NIA for the Trans Pacific Partnership is available online at: http://www.aph.gov.au/~/media/02%20Parliamentary%20Business/24%20Committees/244%20Joint%20Committees/JSCT/2016/9Feb2016/NIA/TPP%20National%20Interest%20Analysis.pdf?la=en

More information on Australia’s treaty making process is available online at: http://dfat.gov.au/international-relations/treaties/treaty-making-process/pages/treaty-making-process.aspx

It is great to see Labor Trade Spokesman’s Jason Clare finally taking an interest in trade, given Labor were unable to start and conclude a single trade agreement during the six years of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Governments.

Let's not forget this is the same opposition that campaigned against the historic China Australia Free Trade Agreement. The same opposition that walked away from the TPP at the first sign of hard work.

And the same opposition that has abandoned the Hawke/Keating legacy to embrace protectionism.

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