TPPA leaders’ statement hides deep divisions caused by extreme US demands

October 8, 2013: “The stated goal of the TPP Leaders’ and Ministers’ Statements to conclude the TPPA this year is unlikely to be achieved. The bland language hides deep divisions between the 12 diverse governments, caused by extreme US demands,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today. Dr Ranald is in Bali monitoring the TPPA talks which took place at the 21-nation APEC Leaders’ meeting.

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Rural groups say no to investor rights to sue governments over regulation of gas mining

More than 70 organisations including 54 regional groups ranging from Mirboo in Victoria, to the Cassowary Coast in North Queensland, to Walgett in NSW, in traditional areas of Coalition support, have endorsed a letter to Trade Minister Andrew Robb. They oppose foreign investor rights to sue governments for damages in international tribunals over environmental regulation of coal seam gas mining.

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US Trans-Pacific trade demands for more corporate rights threaten women

As the 16th round of Trans-Pacific trade* talks between Australia, the US and nine Asia Pacific countries begin in Singapore this week, academics and health groups will discuss the potential impact on women's lives of US demands for more corporate rights, and the lack of enforceable labour rights.

A seminar on the TPPA and women's rights will be held at 12:15 PM on Tuesday March 5 at the Waratah Room, New South Wales Parliament House, Sydney.

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