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Labor should not pass a China trade agreement that includes ISDS

03 Sep 2015

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling on Labor to refuse to pass the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) while it still contains an open-ended Investor-State Dispute-Settlement (ISDS) provision.

Today on morning radio, the Labor Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen, said, “We want to see the China Free Trade Agreement implemented… Those concerns can be dealt with by the Government… They don't need to reopen the agreements, the agreement with China. They don't need to go back to Beijing and renegotiate.”

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Given that ISDS is in black and white in the core text of ChAFTA, this statement by Chris Bowen indicates that Labor is looking to pass ChAFTA inclusive of this anti-democratic clause.

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NAB joins the long line of banks refusing to fund Adani’s Carmichael coal mine

03 Sep 2015

The Australian Greens congratulate NAB for announcing it will not finance Adani's Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin, planned for export through the Great Barrier Reef.

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Government’s Free Trade Agreement rhetoric an insult to the collective national intelligence

02 Sep 2015

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says the Government’s sales pitch for the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) is reaching hysterical levels.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Treasury wrote in the 2010 Blue Book that ‘the potential benefits of the Free Trade Agreements currently under negotiation [like ChAFTA] have been oversold and the negatives largely ignored,’ and this is exactly what we are hearing from the Government today.

“When I asked Treasury and DFAT if they had included modelling of the economic impact of agreements like ChAFTA in their future GDP projections they said they hadn’t because the impact would be too negligible to warrant being considered.

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As Gaza moves towards collapse, Australia remains silently complicit

02 Sep 2015

Australian Greens foreign affairs spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam has accused the Australian government of unforgivable silence over the blockade of Gaza, in light of a UN statement today that the area will become uninhabitable by 2020 if the current economic conditions there continue.

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Safeguard mechanism will let big polluters keep on polluting without paying

02 Sep 2015

The Abbott Government's carbon pollution safeguard mechanism, reported on today, will allow big businesses, especially mining companies, to keep polluting even more than they do today without facing any penalty.

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Faulty computer systems stopping people gaining employment must be resolved immediately: Senator Siewert

02 Sep 2015

Australian Green Senator Rachel Siewert has written to the Minister for Human Services following complaints about DHS's faulty computer system preventing people with disability accessing employment services in order to gain employment.

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