US - Australia FTA

Google could use ISDS to sue Australia for millions over regulation for payment of news content

February 8, 2021: A Senate Inquiry heard last week that Google’s Singapore subsidiary could allow it to use a controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision in the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement to demand millions in compensation over proposed Australian regulation for payment of news content.

Australia-US FTA 10 year review shows little benefit and many costs

16 April 2016

All of the peer-reviewed academic studies of AUSFTA, including those done by the Productivity Commission, have concluded that the potential economic benefits of the agreement were oversold, with actual economic outcomes for Australia either minuscule or negative. However the agreement required substantial changes to Australian law and policies which benefited US corporations at the expense of Australian citizens. 

AFTINET has made a short submission to DFAT's 10 year review of the USFTA, which summarises and references all of these studies. You can download it here.

Australia/United States Free Trade Agreement

The Australia/US FTA came into force on 1 January 2005. A large community campaign grew around the US FTA negotiations because the US government identified important Australian health, cultural, social and environmental policies as barriers to trade, and sought to change them through the trade negotiations. Community groups advocated that such policies should be decided democratically through parliamentary process, not negotiated away in a trade agreement. Many unions, community groups, environment groups, academics and individual activists were involved in this campaign.