Letters: Warren Truss writes to refute free trade claims
Letters: RECENT letters from L. Stanton, J. Ringrose and D. Lindh repeat more of the mistruths and dishonesty that people have come to expect from Labor, The Greens and the unions.
Their assertion that the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement will allow unskilled, low-paid Chinese workers on projects in Australia is typical union scaremongering.
The fact is that a Chinese company undertaking an Australian project must use Australian workers unless it can prove that there are no qualified Australian workers to do the job.
Chinese companies have access to Australia's existing temporary skilled visa (457) program which enables employers to bring in skilled workers for a limited period in situations where they cannot find an appropriately skilled Australian.
If a Chinese company were to be approved to sponsor temporary workers in Australia, these workers must be paid Australian wages and work under Australian conditions, must be qualified in their occupation, and must meet English language requirements.
Their visa application must verify their skills, proof of identity, work history, professional and educational qualifications, professional registration, licensing and memberships and references from previous employers.
Building on Australia's trade deals with Korea and Japan, ChAFTA forms part of a powerful trifecta of agreements with Australia's three largest export markets, which account for more than 61 per cent of our exports of goods.
New research from the Centre for International Economics has shown that these three new trade agreements will boost the Australian economy by over $24 billion and create many thousands of new jobs in Australia over the next 20 years.
Federal Member for Wide Bay,
Deputy Prime Minister.