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John Alexander praises Chinese Australian Free Trade Agreement

Member of Parliament for Bennelong, John Alexander, has praised the Chinese Australian Free Trade Agreement which is currently being discussed in Parliament.

John spoke of the overwhelming benefit that this agreement will have to the multicultural communities across Bennelong, and the importance of building further bridges between our two nations.

John said: “The economic growth and increased investment that will be delivered as a direct result of this agreement will improve the lives of every Australian, from the ports of WA to my own electorate of Bennelong.

Many times in Parliament I have spoken of my very good fortune to represent a community with such a large, vibrant and engaged community of Chinese-Australians. At many local events we have discussed the importance of building bridges between our two nations to allow an ever stronger linkage as partners in trade, business and culture.

This Free Trade agreement cements that bridge, and will create many business and employment opportunities for Bennelong residents.”

Speech – the full text can be read below:

I rise to give my strongest possible support the government’s actions in securing a free trade agreement with China, our nation’s biggest trading partner.

The economic growth and increased investment that will be delivered as a direct result of this agreement will improve the lives of every Australian, from the ports of WA to my own electorate of Bennelong.

Many times in this place I have spoken of my very good fortune to represent a community with such a large, vibrant and engaged community of Chinese-Australians. At many local events we have discussed the importance of building bridges between our two nations to allow an ever stronger linkage as partners in trade, business and culture.

This Free Trade agreement cements that bridge, and will create many business and employment opportunities for Bennelong residents.

It is therefore with great surprise that we witness the Labor Party opposing this trade deal. Of course they do this as a puppet of their union masters, in particular the CFMEU who have a long history of opposition to Chinese migration and trade.

The people of Bennelong call on the Opposition Leader: it’s time to stand up to the xenophobic racist elements of the union movement. It’s time to recognise the great benefits this agreement will deliver to all Australians and to support its passage through Parliament.