Report 186

October 2019

© Commonwealth of Australia 2019
ISBN: 978-1-76092-022-7

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Executive summary

Abbreviations

Members

  Committee Secretariat

Terms of Reference

List of Recommendations

1. Introduction

  Conduct of the Committee’s review

2. IA-CEPA Background

  Overview and national interest summary
  Reasons for Australia to take the proposed treaty action
  Obligations
  Side Letters and Memoranda of Understanding
  Implementation
  Costs

3. IA-CEPA Benefits

  Introduction
  Support for treaty action
  Access to the Indonesian market
  Relationships
  Trade facilitation
  Entry into force and implementation

4. IA-CEPA Issues

  Introduction
  Implementation
  Business environment and technical and non-tariff barriers
  Investment: BIT and ISDS
  Proliferation of trade agreements with a single partner
  E-commerce
  Temporary workers
  Human and labour rights and environmental standards
  General issues

5. A-HKFTA

  Overview and national interest summary
  Reasons for Australia to take the proposed treaty action
  Implementation
  Costs

6. A-HKFTA Issues

  Protectionism
  International trade architecture
  Civil disturbances in Hong Kong
  Consultation
  Double taxation

7. Conclusion

  Introduction
  Investment: ISDS and BIT
  Ratification and implementation
  IA-CEPA
  A-HKFTA

A. Submissions

B. Witnesses

Additional comments – Report 186: IA-CEPA and A-HKFTA

Dissenting Report by the Australian Greens

  Summary
  Issues relating to ISDS
  Restrictions on regulating
  Issues relating to
  Issues relating to
  Issues relating to compliance with
  Issues relating to transparency and independence

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Treaties
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4002
Fax: +61 2 6277 2219
jsct@aph.gov.au

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