December 3, 2015: The Guardian reports that leaked documents from secret Trade in Services (TISA) talks show the agreement could undermine government laws to encourage investment in renewable energy because it forbids discrimination between renewable and non-renewable energy services. Read the full article here.
Trade in Services - TISA
June 4, 2015: Philip Dorling reports in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Age and other Fairfax papers that leaked documents from the Trade in Services (TiSA) negotiations reveal that Australia is pushing for extensive international financial deregulation and reductions in government regulation of qualifications, licensing and technical standards in all services, including human services like child care and aged care. This could prevent future attempts to improve staffing and service quality. Read more here
February 5, 2015: A leaked discussion paper from secret negotiations for a Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) proposes wide ranging changes to national public health systems to allow the promotion of private health tourism services.
By Dr Patricia Ranald , AFTINET Convener
June 24, 2014: Secretive trade talks reveal a worrying push towards financial deregulation on a global scale. The Australian government should oppose this hidden agenda and ensure consumers are well protected, writes Patricia Ranald for The Drum.
June 20, 2014: A highly secretive negotiating text for the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) has been leaked, exposing details about the financial services agenda of the negotiations.
AFTINET made a public submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade about negotiations on trade in services in March 2013. The submission details our concerns about lack of transparency, the impacts of the agreement on developing countries and our recommendation that the Australian Government and other governments retain the right to provide and fund public services, and to regulate all services in the public interest.