Community groups oppose ISDS in TPP-11 talks as US dumps ISDS in NAFTA, and NZ also says no

November 6, 2017 “The Australian Government should oppose foreign investor rights to sue governments in the talks attempting to resurrect the TPP without the US later this week,” AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

The talks will take place in da Nang, Vietnam on November 8-9, ahead of the APEC meeting to be held on November 10.

“Investor-State Dispute Settlement, known as ISDS, allows foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in unfair international tribunals, as occurred when the Philip Morris tobacco company sued the Australian government over our public health tobacco regulation. Most TPP governments only reluctantly agreed to ISDS in the original TPP because the US insisted on it as a condition of access to US markets. With the US no longer involved it makes no sense for the Australian government to continue to support it,” said Dr Ranald

Trade in Services leaks show attacks on public interest regulation

Media Release January 31, 2017: "The latest leaked  Trade in Services documents confirm that the negotiations are driven by the interests of global services companies that want to maximise profitable trade in services and minimise government regulation in the public interest. Many of these are similar to proposals in the now-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network of community groups (AFTINET) said today. Read the full release here.

AFTINET calls for Senate to block TPP as government backs a dead agreement

Media release, January 16, 2017: "The Prime Minister is backing a dead horse in his attempt to push the TPP implementing legislation through the Parliament despite the fact that Donald Trump has said the US will withdraw from the agreement,” Dr Patricia Ranald said today.The  Australian Senate inquiry into the TPP will  report on February 7. The ALP and Greens have a majority on this committee, and both have declared today that they will not support a dead agreement.We will continue to urge the majority in the Senate to block the TPP implementing legislation." See full release here.

PACER-Plus trade deal without PNG and Fiji a bad deal

MEDIA RELEASE, April 20, 2017: AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today that Australia should not proceed with the PACER-Plus trade deal between Australia, New Zealand and only 12 of the original 14 Pacific Island countries. Without the two largest economies, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, PACER-Plus has failed as a regional agreement. Read the full media release here.

53 diverse organisations call on Labor to reject failed TPP

Media Release: 6 February, 2017: Fifty-three diverse health, church, union, environment and aid organisations representing more than two million Australians have endorsed a letter calling on Labor to reject the failed TPP and ensure fairness in future trade deals, including the RCEP.

“Not only would it be futile to endorse an agreement that would never come into effect but it would also be damaging for future trade debate in Australia,” they write.

“Instead of endorsing a failed agreement, we urge you to embrace the opportunity for better trade deals in the future, which support rather than undermine labour rights, access to medicines, and democratic rights to regulate in the public interest.”

Community groups say no TPP in the RCEP as negotiators meet in Japan

Media Release: February 27, 2017: Negotiations between Australia, New Zealand China, India, Japan, South Korea and 10 ASEAN countries continue this week for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Kobe, Japan. The negotiations are held in secret, and the Japanese government has been reluctant to allow community groups to meet with negotiators, only arranging a short meeting with little notice. Negotiations will continue through 2017.

AFTINET welcomes Senate deferral of TPP legislation but calls for rejection

Media Release February 7, 2017: “AFTINET welcomes the conclusion of the ALP members of the Senate inquiry into the TPP that the implementing legislation should not proceed but be deferred,” AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.“However we believe that the TPP is not in Australia’s interest and the Australian Parliament should not approve the implementing legislation either now or in the future.”  Read the full release here.

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