How does the China-Australia free trade agreement really impact Australia’s labour market?

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18 September 2015 | By John Tuck (Partner)

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) is the single largest trade agreement Australia has negotiated. It was concluded after almost ten years of negotiation with our largest trading partner.

At present there is considerable uncertainty whether the enabling legislation for ChAFTA will be passed by federal Parliament, amid strong opposition to aspects of the deal from the Labor Party and the trade union movement.

Much commentary, and the political debate on ChAFTA, has focused on contentious provisions governing the temporary entry of Chinese workers into the Australian labour market.

In this extended Corrs Thinking Piece, we examine the impact of ChAFTA on local labour by comparing its provisions with the current 457 visa regime for temporary skilled workers and other FTAs entered into by Australia in recent years.


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