The Parliamentary debate on the Korea Australia FTA is now on. Read the speech by ALP MP Melissa Park, one of the authors of the dissenting report which rejected the agreement.
ABC Radio National 40-minute Background Briefing Programme on September 14, 2014 on the TPP and ISDS featured AFTINETand other critics.
AFTINET joined organisations around the world to protest about Canadian-Australian mining company Oceana Gold, suing El Salvador for $301 million (USD).
by Dr Patricia Ranald, Research Associate, University of Sydney and Convenor, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network
By Jemma Williams
India has come under heavy criticism recently for blocking the implementation of a World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement reached at Bali last December.
Proponents celebrated the Bali ‘package’ as a long-awaited achievement by the WTO, which had failed to reach a significant agreement since 1995. However, critics lamented that the Bali deal was skewed in the favour of developed nations above developing nations (read AFTINET’s critique of the Bali package here).
SumOfUs has launched an online petition about the El Salvador vs. Pacific Rim/OceanaGold case, where a gold mining company is suing the country because they were not granted a mining license that would threaten the supply of drinking water.
This week, the Senate Committee Inquiry has been hearing submissions into the bill proposed by Senator Whish-Wilson to ban the right for foreign investors to sue governments (ISDS) from trade agreements.
Tom Faunce was interviewed on Radio National Saturday Extra programme and is very critical of these ISDS provisions.
Seminar: Thursday 4th September 2014 12-2pm
Finance Sector Union, Level 2, 321 Pitt St, Sydney
The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) presents a public seminar to discuss the impact of clauses in trade agreements which elevate investor rights above our democratic rights.
AFTINET's Convener, Dr Patricia Ranald, gave evidence to the Senate Committee for Foreign Affairs Defense & Trade on the 6th August 2014 about the dangers of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in trade agreements.