SMH: Labor split on free trade puts Latham to test.

“Mr Latham and most of his front bench are widely expected to come down in support of the agreement.”

This is stupid – not only in terms of the content of the agreement and the damage it will have for Australia’s national interest, but also in terms of the election. This is a key issue where Latham can differentiate the ALP from the Liberals, and given the lack of support within the party, and with the general public, I think it would be a grave mistake to accept the agreement, whether the Senate inquiry takes a “relatively benign view” or not.

For more info on why this agreement is a bad idea (and there are many reasons), check out No FTA.org, and this Democrats media release.