More Labor leaders declare support for ChAFTA

2 September, 2015

Bill Shorten is now at odds with two Labor premiers, a former Labor Prime Minister, a former Labor Leader and a number of other Labor luminaries over the Chinese Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).

"It's time for Bill Shorten to stop taking instructions from his union masters and stop standing in the way of jobs and opportunities for Tasmanian families," Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck said.

"ChAFTA is welcome news for Tasmania and will create jobs and economic activity. It will open up opportunities for our producers, exporters and workers and must be passed by the Parliament without delay.

"Former Labor leaders do not lightly speak out against current Labor policies and this outpouring of support for ChAFTA is a clear indication that they don't agree with the direction Bill Shorten is going.

"The Coalition understands that increased trade means more jobs for Australians - it's time for Bill Shorten to show some substance and ditch the nasty political campaign set up by his union masters. It's time for him to support Australian families by supporting the entry into force of ChAFTA."

Labor Leaders' positions on ChAFTA

Supporting ChAFTA and jobs

Against ChAFTA and jobs

Victorian Labor Premier, Daniel Andrews

South Australia Labor Premier, Jay Weatherill

Former Labor Prime Minister, Bob Hawke

Former NSW Labor Premier and Foreign Minister, Bob Carr

Former Labor Leader and Trade Minister, Simon Crean

Former Labor Resources Minister, Martin Ferguson

Former Victorian Labor Premier, John Brumby

Former Queensland Labor Premier, Peter Beattie

Labor leader Bill Shorten

Please read my opinion piece about the benefits of ChAFTA on my website

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