Urgent letter to the Trade Minister re: Japan-Australia FTA

Please send this important letter to the Trade Minister about concerns that investor rights to sue governments (ISDS) may be included in the Japan-Australia FTA

This is urgent because Trade Minister Robb is negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with Japan with the aim of completing it before Prime Minister Abbott visits Japan on April 8. We understand that foreign investor rights to sue governments (ISDS) is being offered as a bargaining chip to obtain access to Japanese agricultural markets. See the ABC Radio National report for more information.

There have been many cases of governments being sued over health and environmental laws. The recent claimed “safeguards” have not prevented governments from being sued. This is a serious risk to our democracy and sovereignty. The inclusion of ISDS in multiple trade agreements increases the chances of Australian governments being sued. ISDS should not be included in the Japan FTA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) or any trade agreement.

Please send this letter to the Trade Minister now.

03/04/2014