The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement was finalised in November 2014 but the was only released on 17 June 2015. It appears that the Australian Government made huge concessions on temporary labour and investor rights in its desperation to complete the deal.
reveals that the Australian Government has made arrangements for Chinese investors to increase the use of temporary migrant workers. It has also agreed that Chinese investors will be able to sue Australian governments if they can claim that a change in law or policy "harms" their investment, known as Investor-State Disputes or ISDS, but those provisions are unfinished and ambiguous.
An unprecedented separate from the text of the trade agreement gives Chinese investors in projects valued over $150 million additional rights to bring in temporary migrant workers. Critical media commentary includes Sydney Morning Herald articles by and , in the Canberra Times and Joanna Howe in.
If you are an individual member, and want to do a short submission, there are points you can use AFTINET and other organisations will do longer submissions. AFTINET’s longer draft will be circulated shortly.
Parliament will only get to vote on the implementing legislation, not on the whole text of the agreement.