April 8, 2014: This opinion piece by AFTINET's Convener, Dr Patricia Ranald, explains why it is so important that ISDS provisions allowing foreign investors to sue governments was not included in the Japan-Australia FTA.
Matthew Cawood writes for Fairfax country media about community concerns around Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in trade agreements, quoting AFTINET convener Dr Patricia Ranald.
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.
Fair Deal or No Deal
in the Trans-Pacific partnership (TPP)!
Public Meeting at the Multi Purpose Centre
123 Flora St, Sutherland
6.30pm for 7pm start, Tuesday 29 April 2014
Speakers to be followed by Q&A
Jemma Williams, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET)
Isabel McIntosh, Lock the Gate Alliance
Michael Whaites, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association
Tea / Coffee available. Reduce waste. Please BYO mug
AFTINET organised TPP action at the nationwide March in March, held around the country on the 25-16th of March
The Trans-Pacific Partnership - Neither Partnership nor Trade - A corporate threat to the public interest
Time: 6.30pm, Thursday, Feb 20
Venue: Harold Park Hotel, Cnr Wigram Rd and Ross St, Glebe
Dr Patricia Ranald from AFTINET and Jon Edwards from MSF (Doctors without borders) will speak.
For more information visit the Politics in the Pub website.
The Sustainability Council of New Zealand issued a media release asserting that "the TPP’s economic benefits are less than a quarter of those the government has claimed – and the proposed trade deal would impose serious costs".