The majority voted in favour of a motion to agree with the main idea of the bill. In parliamentary jargon, they voted to read the bill for a second time. Because this vote was successful, the Senate can now discuss the bill in more detail.
What is the bill's main idea?
The bill is concerned with trade agreements and was introduced to:
- prohibit the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement that includes certain provisions;
- require the Commonwealth to include in all bilateral trade agreements a labour chapter with internationally recognised labour principles;
- prohibit the Commonwealth from entering into a trade agreement unless the agreement requires skills assessments to be undertaken in Australia;
- require the minister to commission an independent national interest assessment of any proposed trade agreement; and
- provide for the establishment of an accredited trade advisers program.