Australia`s new bilateral trade agreements have the potential to boost the Australian economy. Australia has recorded two consecutive years of record sales of new vehicles, with high sales until 2004. A stronger and more competitive economy has the potential to further boost these new car sales69 In TAFTA, Australia is ensuring a further significant relaxation of its quarantine control, agreeing not to ban trade for violation of SPS and food standards by another country, but to simply review and repair the delivery in question; while the exchanges continue. It appears that this is a fundamental change in the rigorous quarantine control that currently exists in Australia.130 I would like to begin my response by pointing out that the Thai government is very interested in the future promotion of Thailand as a developed country and that Prime Minister Thaksin has spoken of his desire to join the OECD and end all aid flows. In any case, at present, Thailand is a developing country and is treated as such by Australia. All free trade agreements are different, and this agreement is certainly very different, in many respects, from the agreements we have with Singapore and the United States. These differences reflect the fact that Thailand is a developing country and has capacity constraints and other factors that do not allow it to achieve the same level of commitment.181 Ford Australia. believes that this agreement, which follows on from the previous free trade agreement with Singapore, will not only allow Australian manufacturers to access a very important ASEAN car market, but could also accelerate access to other ASEAN markets15. there are two specific categories of safeguard measures under the Agreement: transitional safeguards which are available subject to proof of injury; 23 The AMWU strongly believes that the ATFTA consultation process has been insufficient. It appears that non-commercial organisations or trade unions have been consulted on the content of the agreement.
Although the AMWU has defended the interests of tens of thousands of members in the automotive sector – one of the most sensitive sectors addressed in the agreement – it has not been addressed with regard to the proposed cuts in aid to the automotive sector. . . .