Greens slam Australia's handling of Pacific Chief Trade Advisor office | Untitled

Greens slam Australia's handling of Pacific Chief Trade Advisor office

Greens slam Australia's handling of Pacific Chief Trade Advisor office

Updated 15 February 2012, 14:40 AEDT

The Australian Greens say Canberra is using strong arm tactics on the Pacific Islands and trying to undermine the independence of the region's crucial Chief Trade Advisor's Office.

The office was set up to provide advice to the Pacific countries in their negotiations with Australia and New Zealand over PACER Plus - a controversial new trade agreement.

Last month, New Zealand signed a new 2-year funding deal for the office but Australia is stalling.

Presenter: Pacific Economic and Business reporter, Jemima Garrett

Speaker: Senator Lee Rhiannon, Australian Green's spokesperson on overseas aid

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