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Email your Member of Parliament and/or send a short submission to the parliamentary inquiries

The text of the China FTA was tabled in Parliament on June 17, 2015, and will be reviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties and by the Senate Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee. See AFTINET submission here..

Parliament will only get to vote on the implementing legislation, not on the whole text of the agreement. There is already strong public opposition  and concerns from MPs because there are special arrangements for Chinese companies investing more than A$150 million to import many temporary workers without testing if local workers are available, and it will allow Chinese companies to sue the Australian government in international tribunals over changes in domestic legislation.  

Email your MP now to tell them to vote against the China FTA legislation. Want to do more? Send a short submission to the ChAFTA Parliamentary Inquiries 

Leaked TPP draft confirms US push on medicines: Australia should resist at August meeting

'A leaked draft TPP intellectual property chapter dated 11 May 2015, confirms that the US is still proposing extensions on medicine monopolies which would delay the availability of cheaper medicines. The draft was considered at the meeting of TPP Trade Ministers which failed to reach agreement on July 31,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today.Dr Ranald said that another meeting is planned by the end of August. The US is continuing to press for:extension of data protection monopolies on expensive biologic drugs, which include treatments for cancer, from 5 to 8 years.

Shenhua mine example shows devil in the detail of the China Free Trade Agreement

August 5, 2015 Dr Patricia Ranald's oped in the Sydney Morning Herald

With public hearings for the Parliamentary Inquiry into the China Free Trade Agreement under way, the Shenhua Watermark coal mine on the Liverpool Plains, in north-west NSW, may provide a test case for some of the key clauses in the agreement on governments' rights to regulate mining projects for environmental reasons and on the employment of temporary overseas workers on such projects.

Read more here

Proposed August TPP meeting: Robb should reject shameful tradeoffs

Media Release August 3, 2015

The failure of TPP Ministers to reach agreement in what was supposed to be the final round of negotiations last week vindicates the deep concerns of community groups that the TPP is secretly trading away issues like access to affordable medicines and governments’ right to regulate without being sued by foreign corporations. These are issues which should be decided though open democratic parliamentary processes, not secretly traded away for token access to sugar or dairy markets,” said Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network.

Ministers failed to reach agreement, but claimed “significant progress” and said “intensive work” will continue. Another Ministerial Meeting may be held at the end of August.