Take Action on the TPP

Take action on the China FTA

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.

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 

Failed TPP talks vindicate community concerns on medicines, investor rights

Media Release August 1, 2015

“The failure of TPP Ministers to reach agreement in what was supposed to be the final round of negotiations 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.

TPP Protest at ALP Conference, Melbourne on July 24 as TPP negotiators meet in Hawaii

MEDIA RELEASE, July 23, 2015

TPP Protest at ALP Conference, Melbourne on July 24 as TPP negotiators meet in Hawaii for possible shameful trade-offs

“Community groups are rallying in the Melbourne winter at 8 am on Friday July 24 outside the ALP conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre to ask the ALP to reject bad trade deals like the China FTA and the TPP. On the same day TPP negotiators begin their secret meeting in the luxury beach resort of Maui in Hawaii, with TPP Trade Ministers scheduled to meet there from July 28-31 to try to finish the deal,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and investment Network said today.

Unions ask ALP Conference to reject China FTA and TPP

July 17, 2015 A cross-factional  group of unions is demanding stronger ALP policy against the China FTA and the TPP at the ALP conference on July 24. They want the ALP  to block implementing legislation for trade agreements which allow large numbers of temporary overseas workers without testing whether local workers are available and which contain foreign investor rights to sue governments over changes in domestic legislation (ISDS). Read the media release here

Join July actions on the China FTA and TPP in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney

Crunch time is looming for the  China FTA  and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)   Make your voice heard!

Melbourne: Rally outside the ALP Conference on the China FTA and TPP, Friday July 24, 8 am, Melbourne Convention Centre, near the Polly Woodside ship.

Brisbane: Rally outside the China FTA Parliamentary hearings, Monday ,July 27, 12 noon,  Commonwealth Law Courts, North Quay

Adelaide: Public meeting on the China FTA and TPP, Tuesday, July 28, 7pm, Ingle Farm Recreation Centre, Cnr Roopena St & Beovich Rd, Ingle Farm.

Sydney: Rally outside the China FTA Parliamentary hearings, Friday, July 31, 12 noon, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney,