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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) not in Australia’s interest, say community organisations

As TPP Trade Ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries meet in Singapore, fair trade, public health, environment, church, unions and other community groups have endorsed a letter to Trade Minister Andrew Robb. The letter calls on the Minister to reject harmful proposals in the TPP, which should not be agreed in secret negotiations.

March with us on May 18

Building on the momentum from March in March , marches will be held in Sydney, Perth and Adelaide this weekend. This is another good opportunity for us to bring along TPP banners and signs and to show a broad movement of people calling for a Fair Deal or No Deal in the TPP.

TPP groups have been confirmed in Sydney and Adelaide

JSCOT Inquiry on Korea FTA

The Korea FTA has been tabled in Parliament, and the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) is also conducting an Inquiry, for which submissions closed on June 2013. The government has a majority on this Committee. However, critical submissions are important to demonstrate community opposition and encourage the non-government members to make a minority critical report.

Updated 3/07/2014

Pacific Islands trade agreement progressing slowly

Progress on the PACER-Plus negotiations for a trade agreement between Australia, New Zealand and 14 developing Pacific Island nations has been slow. The Pacific Islands are pushing for additional development assistance to be given as part of the trade agreement, which is being resisted by Australia and New Zealand. The Pacific Islands also want to include labour mobility in the deal, which would allow more Pacific Island workers in to Australia and New Zealand.

Join our Social Media Thunderclap

AFTINET is running our first social media ‘Thunderclap’!

A Thunderclap is when social media users sign up in advance to post a specific message using either their Twitter or their Facebook accounts on behalf of an organisation (in this case, AFTINET). Then, at the same time, on the same day, the message is automatically posted to everyone’s account and creates a storm of social media activity around a specific issue.

AFTINET Submission on the Bill to ban ISDS in Australia

The Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Act 2014 was introduced into the Senate by Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson in March 2014. 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 investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS).

Read AFTINET's submission here

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