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Australia deal’s impacts on environment and level playing field scrutinised

1 March 2022

The International Trade Committee continues its scrutiny of the Australia trade deal with a session examining the environmental, labour, gender and development impacts of the agreement

Witnesses

Wednesday 2 March 2022

At 10.00am

  • Ruth Bergan, Senior Adviser, Trade Justice Movement
  • Sir Lockwood Smith, former New Zealand trade minister and former High Commissioner to the UK
  • Sarah Williams, Head of Greener UK unit, Green Alliance

At 11.00am

  • Rosa Crawford, Policy Officer, Trades Union Congress (TUC)
  • Victoria Hewson, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Research Associate, Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Professor Emily Reid, Professor of International Economic Law and Sustainable Development, University of Southampton
  • Dr Silke Trommer, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Public Policy, University of Manchester

In the first panel, the Committee will explore environmental provisions within the trade deal, including their enforceability, their likely effects and/or detriments on environmental standards for both countries, and their impact on climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement.

From 11am, the Committee will then explore the deal’s so-called “level playing-field” provisions, relating to labour, gender and development issues. Commitments made under the deal include effective enforcement of labour standards, tackling barriers for women in accessing the benefits of trade and investment, and bilateral cooperation on international development.

Further information

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