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Twin trade initiatives could undermine labour rights, environmental protection, access to medicines and internet freedom.

ANU Professor Matthew Rimmer’s article in The Conversation explains how the US administration’s twin trade initiatives, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) and the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) could undermine labour rights, environmental protection, access to medicines and internet freedom.

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Trading health for even fatter profits

Amy Corderoy’s article ‘Trading health for even fatter profits” in the Sydney Morning Herald analyses how trade agreements like Pacific Island PACER-plus and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) can lead to increases in consumption of unhealthy food in developing countries, and prevent governments from introducing public health measures to inform consumers of the dangers.

Investor rights to sue would harm rural environments and public health

A blog by AFTINET Convenor, Dr Patricia Ranald, on investor disputes and rural public health was published on the Crikey website on January 25, 2013, countering the views expressed by some cattle farmers’ organisations that want speedy access for their exports and are lobbying for the Australian government to agree to investor rights to sue governments (ISDS) in the Korean FTA. Dr Ranald explains why this would be a mistake.

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New AFTINET Leaflet!

Check out our new leaflet! This leaflet looks at the connection between fair trade products and fair trade in global trade agreements and summarises AFTINET's campaigns on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), Pacer-Plus and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Download a copy now, or contact us to order in bulk and distribute among friends and colleagues.

Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in Auckland: robust debate despite secrecy

Dr Patricia Ranald from AFTINET was at the TPP negotiations held in Auckland from December 2-12, where New Zealand civil society organised a massive critical public debate, despite being denied access to the negotiating venue . The New Zealand Government was put on the back foot on issues like access to medicines and the right of investors to sue governments.

Investor rights to sue governments hotly debated at Trans-Pacific trade talks in Auckland

“The US proposal in the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement for foreign investor rights to sue governments in international tribunals is a challenge to national sovereignty and should be rejected,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network, will say in a presentation to negotiators Friday, December 7.

Community Group lockout spotlights secrecy of Trans-Pacific trade talks in Auckland

“Over 20 international representatives of health, union, consumer and environment organisations have been locked out of the Trans-Pacific talks venue in Auckland,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today.

"Many have travelled long distances at great expense, with no advance warning that they would be locked out for nine of the ten days of the negotiations.”