October 6, 2016: Diverse community groups including AFTINET, Unions WA and The Greens banded together to rally to Stop the TPP in Perth on Wednesday. The rally was part of nationwide protests coinciding with the TPP Parliamentary Inquiry hearings around the country.
October 3, 2016: Portugal is facing a €42 million ISDS claim after it cancelled a deal to privatise part of Lisbon’s public transport system. It’s yet another case of ISDS being used to intimidate governments for democratic decision-making in the public interest.
September 26, 2016: Around 200 people rallied outside the national parliamentary inquiry hearings into the TPP today in Sydney. A broad range of community groups were represented including unions, GetUp, Greenpeace, APHEDA and the Catholic Social Justice Council.
See photos of the rally here.
26 September 2016
ABC Radio National's The Money takes an in-depth look at the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), featuring interviews with AFTINET, NZ academic Jane Kelsey, PSI and the Australian Trade Minister. Listen here.
Media Release, September 26 2016: A broad alliance of community groups, unions, environment and church organisations will rally today outside the public hearing of the national parliamentary inquiry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in Sydney.
Read on for comments from AFTINET, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, UnionsNSW, the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and GetUp.
20 September 2016
Trade with Indonesia continues to be a priority with an aim to finish the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) by mid-2017.
AFTINET has made a detailed submission to DFAT. Read on for a summary of our main concerns and recommendations.
20 September 2016
According to recent media reports the US is pushing Australia to agree to increase monopoly rights for lifesaving biologics drugs in the TPP.
16 September 2016
Sixty diverse Australian civil society organisations, representing two million Australians, recently wrote to all Labor, independent and minor party MPs and Senators to call for a Senate inquiry into the TPP.
14 September 2016
A report in to the recent discovery of asbestos at Perth Children's Hospital has prompted a call for a temporary ban on imports of Chinese building materials.
CFMEU WA Secretary Mick Buchan told ABC news: "Until we have systems in place to ensure that any product that comes in from overseas is asbestos-free then we really need to consider what we are importing, and if that means not importing similar products until that can be resolved then that's what we should do."