Labor MPs resist trade deal 'explicitly at odds' with national platform

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Kim Carr says Labor would be defying its ‘supreme governing body’ by supporting Indonesian free-trade deal

Labor MPs are pushing back against supporting a new free-trade agreement with Indonesia that is at odds with the party’s official platform, as the unions ramp up pressure to try to block the deal.

While the party has indicated it will support the enabling legislation for the Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) along with free-trade agreements with Hong Kong and Peru, MPs are bracing for a fierce caucus debate over the issue when parliament resumes next week.

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