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ALP welcomes unions rejection of protectionism.

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ALP Welcomes Unions Rejection Of Protectionism Peter Cook - Shadow Minister for Trade

Media Statement - 28 June 2000

Labor today congratulated the Australian Council of Trade Unions for rejecting calls to increase protectionism and impose social tariffs, Shadow Trade Minister Senator Peter Cook said today.

"The ACTU's rejection of protectionism is good news for Australian workers," Senator Cook said.

"Trade liberalisation has boosted wages and improved living standards for working families throughout the nation. We should not turn our backs on these benefits.

Senator Cook pointed out that there was not complete agreement between the ALP and the ACTU on trade issues.

"There are still some differences between Labor and the ACTU on trade. In particular, the ALP does not support the inclusion of labour standards in trade agreements.

"Nor do we accept the use of terms identified with protectionism, such as 'fair trade'. We prefer the unambiguous term 'free trade'," Senator Cook said.

"I will continue to maintain a positive dialogue with the ACTU leadership on trade matters."

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.