Turnbull’s commitment to trade is nothing but a bit of fizz

Malcolm Turnbull has been a fizzer as Prime Minister on everything – including trade.

In November 2015 Tony Abbott set a deadline of finalising a Free Trade Agreement with India by the end of 2015.

A week after seizing power from Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull spoke with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and recommitted to concluding a Free Trade Agreement with India by the end of 2015. 

Like a lot of things Malcolm Turnbull has promised, this hasn’t happened.

12 months on and we are still waiting.  

It seems like the Prime Minister’s commitment to finalising a Free Trade Agreement with India has fizzled out. 

The latest information from the Turnbull Government is they are now conducting a “stocktake” on current negotiations and it is no longer a key priority. 

Malcolm Turnbull lectures other countries about trade but has failed to make good on his own commitments.

In his first budget as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also took the knife to trade.

He cut $24 million from Austrade alone and slashed another $50.5 million from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  

These cuts mean less support for Australian exporters and fewer resources to develop trade policy and high quality trade agreements.

Malcolm Turnbull is not the prime minister he promised he would be.