Tony Abbott and Andrew Robb are running scared. They know Australians are concerned about the China Australia Free Trade Agreement and so they’re going to roll out a giant nationwide advertising campaign in an attempt to sell the dud deal to people across the country.
But they can’t dispute the facts. Under the agreement, overseas workers could be paid less than Australians. When I said this on ABC Radio I was FactChecked by The Conversation, and they agreed 100%. Why would a company hire a local worker when they could instead get access to cheap temporary overseas labour?
That’s why we want to send a message to Canning voters to help us stand up and speak out for jobs. We’ve hired some mobile billboards and we want to put a banner on them highlighting the indisputable facts.
Free trade can help economies like Australia with investment and innovation. But this free trade agreement is historic for all the wrong reasons. It will hurt local jobs, threaten worker safety, and increase the exploitation of overseas workers.