Labor headed for a showdown over free trade agreements

Labor headed for a showdown over free trade agreements

The Guardian

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Exclusive: ‘Decisive fight’ looms as Anthony Albanese faces union push to prevent MPs voting in support of deals it has not negotiated

The federal Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, faces a union push to stop MPs voting in support of free trade agreements struck by the government, in a controversial motion heading for a showdown at this week’s national conference.

The potential split among delegates over free trade comes as Albanese told Guardian Australia this week’s meeting will help finalise a “clear narrative” to take to the next election, with dozens of policies from the last election under Bill Shorten to be dumped.

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