Options for a breakthrough appear limited however after trade minister says legal text of the treaty has been signed off ‘and it will not be reopened’

The trade minister, Andrew Robb, has opened the door to “constructive” talks with Labor in a bid to salvage the China-Australia free trade agreement, which has been at the centre of a fierce political battle and a forthright campaign by unions.

Robb’s offer provides a potential avenue for resolving political disagreement over the contents of the agreement, as Labor weighs up the option of blocking the enabling legislation if the government refuses to increase “safeguards” for Australian jobs.

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Source: The Guardian Circular Economy RSS