Foreign Affairs and Trade
Andrew 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.
Andrew 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.
Andrew 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.