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Take action on the China FTA

The Government has made  misleading statements about the temporary worker arrangements in the China FTA. The government claims that despite the words in the agreement the Immigration Department will apply separate guidelines to test if local workers are available before expanding the numbers of temporary overseas workers.

Any such guidelines are not legally binding and could be challenged by the Chinese Government because the agreement makes legally binding commitments that there will be no labour market testing.

Here are the specific sections of the Agreement which show why these government statements are misleading..

See also the lupdated  AFTINET fact sheet on workers' rights and ISDS in the China FTA

You can email your local federal MP or Senator about this..Contact details are at http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Members

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.  

Secret TPP deal lacks detail on medicines, investor rights to sue governments

Media Release October 6, 2015

“The announcement of a secret ‘in principle’ TPP deal without publication of the text may hide shameful trade-offs on issues like medicines and corporate rights to sue governments. These should be decided though open democratic parliamentary processes, not secretly traded away for token access to sugar or dairy markets, The lack of access to details in the text means governments can put a positive spin on the deal, but the devil is in the detail, and we won’t have the detail for at least another month,” said Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network.

TPP talks: Robb should reject “death sentence” deal on medicines

MEDIA RELEASE  October 3, 2015                                                                                                                                               

"TPP negotiations in Atlanta, Georgia have been extended. The US has delayed its offers on market access for sugar and dairy products until the last minute, and is now pressuring Australia to agree to stronger monopolies which would delay affordable access to costly biologic medicines used to treat cancer, Trade Minister Robb should keep his promise and reject this shameful deal” Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today. See full release here.

Tell our government to say no to medicine monopolies

TPP Trade Ministers will meet from this Wednesday September 30 in Atlanta, Georgia in a desperate final attempt to reach a deal this year .The US is still demanding an extra three years of monopolies on costly biologic drugs which treat cancer and other deadly diseases, which would delay the availability of cheaper versions of these medicines. A new website www.TPPkills.org features videos from cancer survivors on how delays in access to affordable medicines would sentence tens of thousands of people to unnecessary suffering and early death.

AFTINET RCEP second submission September 2015

September 2015: RCEP negotiations between Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, South Korea, India and 10  ASEAN countries are now considering proposals for stronger monopolies on medicines and for foreign investor rights to sue governments over changes to domestic legislation, and aiming to finish the negotiations in 2016, AFTINET has done a second submission which addresses these issues in more detail.