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Concern Australia could get mauled by Japan free trade ISDS clause

Japanese companies would be able to sue Australian governments under clauses expected to be included in the Australia-Japan free trade agreement, writes Peter Martin for the Sydney Morning Herald.

The article outlines concerns that controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses may be included in the agreement and features quotes by AFTINET's Convener, Dr Patricia Ranald

Points for submission on the Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Bill 2014

On March 5th, Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson introduced the Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Act 2014 into the Senate. 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 ISDS.

Urgent letter to the Trade Minister re: concerns at investor rights to sue governments in the Japan-Australia FTA

The Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP
Minister for Trade
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Minister,

I am concerned about the possible inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Japan-Australia Free Trade Agreement, as occurred in the recent Korea-Australia FTA.

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