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Trade and Investment Growth Committee to inquire into Australia’s approach to trade negotiations

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The Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth has launched an inquiry into the approach adopted by the Australian Government when negotiating trade and investment agreements.

The inquiry will focus on how the Australian Government develops a negotiating mandate and framework that reflects whole of government priorities, as well as priorities for State and Territory Governments, businesses and workers, including processes for consultation. It will also consider how to ensure agreements advance Australia’s national and cultural interests, and that First Nations Australians can participate and benefit in trade.

Committee Chair, Mr Steve Georganas MP said “Trade agreements serve an important role in creating well-paid, secure jobs, improving our economic resilience and increasing the living standards for Australians.

“The Committee wants to hear from businesses, workers, industry associations and other interested parties from across the community to understand how the approach taken to negotiating trade and investment agreements could be improved to ensure these agreements are of greatest benefit to the Australian community.”

The Committee is seeking submissions from interested individuals, businesses and organisations on the inquiry’s terms of reference by Friday, 22 September 2023.

Further information about the inquiry, including published submissions and hearing transcripts, will be available on the inquiry webpage.

Media inquiries

Office of Mr Steve Georganas MP
0437 387 378

For background information

Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth
02 6277 2233

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