AFTINET has long been critical of the PACER-Plus negotiations involving Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island nations. AFTINET's Convener, Dr Patricia Ranald, is interviewed on ABC's The World TV about AFTINET's concerns around the PACER-Plus negotiations
Canadian economist and friend of AFTINET Jim Stanford writes from a Canadian perspective about the dangers of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in trade deals. Canada has been sued some 35 times, for claims totalling into the many billions of dollars, and may be the country which has been most targeted by these clauses.
Stanford writes, "the ISDS system is another potent club with which business can intimidate governments into accepting their economic and political dominance — and punish those which do not."
Devex writer Lean Alfred Santos reports on AFTINET and AID/WATCH's fears around the PACER-Plus trade negotiations in an article titled "PACER-Plus - Boon or Bane for Pacific Island States?"
AFTINET is a small organisation with a tiny budget but we achieve a lot – we’ve had stories published in the mainstream media, held events and led campaigns which have resulted in more than 80,000 people signing petitions. We can’t do any of this without our members, who provide all of our funding and help spread our message.
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for Australia to reject provisions in the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement that could undermine the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and compromise the ability of governments to improve public health.
120 academic experts in trade and investment law, EU law, international law and human rights, constitutional law, private law, political economy and other fields have spoken out against planned provisions on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
This adds to the growing opposition to ISDS worldwide.
View full text and list of signatories here
The G20 Trade Ministers met in Sydney this weekend. We teamed up with the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association to perform some street theatre in Circular Quay which sent a strong message for fair trade in deals like the TPP.
The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) enables Korean miners to sue states over environmental regulation. Korean companies own three of the most controversial mining projects in NSW.
As Canada hosts a round of secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks, Stephen Cornish from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has published an article in the Ottawa Citizen titled 'The TPP could be a blow to public health'.
The Wire reports on the Japan-Australia free trade agreement, including an interview with AFTINET convener, Dr Patricia Ranald.
Dr Ranald points out that until the agreement is signed, we aren't able to see the text, and argues that there should be a more democratic and transparent process for trade agreements.