With regard to trade assistance, one person expressed concern that British businesses are vulnerable to dumping. Lower consumer prices for a given quality of products (quality-adjusted prices) may result from tariff reductions and regulatory restrictions that reduce costs associated with cross-border trade. Consumers may also indirectly benefit from a lower cost and a greater variety of imported intermediate consumer goods used by Denern for the production of goods and end-consumption services. Stakeholders welcomed the government`s commitment to an inclusive and transparent trade policy and called for this transparency to continue throughout the negotiation process. They called for more digital content to be provided to the store and for the Department to report important issues to help them access relevant information. Twenty NGOs considered work and the environment to be a priority in their comments. Many opinions have stressed the need to preserve and improve workers` rights through a trade agreement with Australia. One respondent suggested that a free trade agreement should include obligations to meet the labour standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Decent Work Agenda. Unions felt that a free trade agreement with Australia could jeopardize the effective implementation of ILO conventions, allow the exploitation of migrant workers, promote under-employment of workers` rights and lead to job losses. Three opinions indicated that current EU legislation on workers` rights and working conditions should be maintained or improved, with three comments calling for strong enforcement of workers` rights, such as the introduction of sanctions for those who violate labour law.
Public institutions – The UK`s future trade relationship with Australia – priorities. What would we want from the British government through a free trade agreement (or related trade negotiations) with Australia, and why? Which of these areas of a free trade agreement best describes the priorities you have outlined above? (The survey listed the 14 policy areas plus the others. The interviewee could choose all the relevant data). 21 professional organisations considered SME policy to be a priority in their comments. Some of them mentioned several possibilities and wished that SMEs would be seen as a group disproportionately affected by the costs and resources required by complex administrative procedures.