Media release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is inviting public submissions
on issues relevant to the negotiation of a free trade agreement (FTA) between
Australia and China.
On 18 April 2005, Prime Minister John Howard and China's Premier Wen Jiabao
agreed to commence free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations between Australia
and China. The decision to proceed to negotiations follows completion
of a joint FTA feasibility study that showed there would be substantial
economic and trade benefits to each side from an FTA.
The Government accords high priority to the views and expertise of all
stakeholders with interests in our commercial relationship with China and
will consult widely throughout the negotiations.
Interested parties are encouraged to lodge submissions by Friday 17 June
2005. All submissions will be made publicly available on the DFAT
website unless the author specifies otherwise.
Submissions or comments may be lodged electronically to email@example.com
or by post at the following address:
China FTA Task Force
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221
Fax:(02) 6112 2468
More information on the Australia-China
FTA negotiations, including a copy of the Australia-China joint FTA Feasibility
Media Inquiries: Justin Lee, DFAT Media Liaison 02 6261 1555