3 Nov 2015

Australian Greens want PACER-Plus dumped

7:57 am on 3 November 2015

The Australian Greens Party says the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, should use his Pacific trip to commit to his Labor Party scrapping the controversial PACER-Plus trade deal.

The  Australian Greens overseas aid and development spokesperson, Lee Rhiannon

The Australian Greens overseas aid and development spokesperson, Lee Rhiannon Photo: AFP

Mr Shorten is currently on a four nation Pacific tour.

The Greens overseas aid and development spokesperson, Lee Rhiannon, says PACER-Plus does not meet social and environmental standards for regional development.

She says Mr Shorten can practise what Labor preaches on this visit by refusing to support weak regional agreements that promotes development that is detrimental to local communities.

Ms Rhiannon says drafts of PACER-Plus leaked in September show Australia has made incredibly weak voluntary aid commitments while demanding increased market access for Australian companies.

She says the Australian Government has failed to carry out proper social and environmental impact assessments as part of the Pacer-Plus negotiations.

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