Foreign Affairs and Trade

chamberAndrew opposes the death penalty and believes the fact that other countries still think it’s okay to execute people is a shocking abuse of the power of the state, deeply unethical and entirely fruitless as a deterrent to crime.

faAndrew believes that Australia is a rich country and can afford to give its fair share of aid to the world’s poorest. He supports an increase to at least 0.7% of gross national income to overseas aid, which was the Government’s commitment in 2000. He has spoken out repeatedly against cuts to the aid budget by both Labor and Coalition governments.

Media release: Foreign aid cuts bad for everyone, 6 Sep 2013

Media release: A statement regarding foreign aid, 19 Sep 2013

Media release: A statement regarding the Coalition’s cruel aid cuts, 20 Jan 2014

tppAndrew does not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Leaked documents have shown that the agreement would result in higher costs for medicine and watered-down environmental standards. But perhaps the most alarming of all are the proposed Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions which would open up Australian governments to damaging lawsuits from foreign companies. Tasmania is particularly vulnerable due to its high quarantine standards and GMO-free status.

Media release: Government trade negotiations especially bad for Tasmania, 16 Jan 2014

Media release: Trans-Pacific Partnership would be disastrous for Australia, 10 Jul 2015

The Wilkie Report: Trans-Pacific Partnership, 31 Jul 2015

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