Fair Deal or No Deal

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP):

Corporate power versus peoples’ rights

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a free trade agreement involving Australia,
the US, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Japan and Vietnam. Negotiations are secretive, but we know from leaked documents and limited public information
that this agreement is not mainly about trade in goods. The agenda is being driven by the US
on behalf of its global corporations, who want changes to our laws which would suit corporations
but reduce peoples’ rights. Learn more:

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Join the campaign for a Fair Deal or No Deal in the TPP

After three years of negotiations, the push is on to finish. We must ensure that our health, environmental and other laws are decided through democratic processes, not secretly signed away in a trade agreement.

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El Salvador groups accuse Pacific Rim of 'assault on democratic governance'

The government of El Salvador is being sued in an international tribunal by Pacific Rim, a mining company now owned by OceanaGold, based in Australia. The company seeks millions of dollars from the government over their refusal to issue a permit for environmental reasons.

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Submissions on ISDS to Korea FTA Senate inquiry

The proposed Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) was referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report on March 27, 2014, by the Shadow Spokesperson for Trade, Senator Penny Wong.

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AFTINET Submission on the Bill to ban ISDS in Australia

The Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Act 2014 was introduced into the Senate by Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson in March 2014. The purpose of the Bill is to protect Australian laws by banning provisions which enable foreign investors to sue governments if domestic laws “harm” their investment, known as investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS).

Read AFTINET's submission here

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Bill to ban investor-state dispute settlements garners support

Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson recently introduced a Bill to the Senate which aims to protect Australian laws by banning provisions which enable foreign investors to sue governments if domestic laws “harm” their investment, known as ISDS.

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Do Trade Deals & Budget Cuts Make Us Less Healthy?

ABC Radio discusses the impact that trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), can have on our health - such as by leading to more expensive medicines, limiting our ability to introduce anti-tobacco measures, and restrict labelling on food.

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Trade Justice Dinner 2014

Trade Justice Dinner 2014

Please join us for an entertaining evening of fine food and interesting discussion at our annual fundraising dinner with auction and raffle prizes.
All proceeds go to fund AFTINET’s trade justice work.

Thursday 29th May 2014
The Hellenic Restaurant

ISDS Submissions reminder and Upcoming TPP events

This recent update by AFTINET includes:

- An update on the Japan-Australia free trade agreement
- A reminder that submissions to the Bill to ban ISDS in Australia close this Friday
- A list of upcoming TPP events.

Read the update here.

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Australia must reject legal straightjacket on trade

This opinion piece by AFTINET's Convener, Dr Patricia Ranald, explains why it is so important that ISDS provisions allowing foreign investors to sue governments was not included in the Japan-Australia FTA.

Read the full piece here.

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