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Greens will act to end TPPA trade deal secrecy

Media Release
Peter Whish-Wilson 1 Nov 2013

The Greens will act in the first week of the Abbott parliament to end the secrecy around the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) trade talks.
 
“After attending the briefing put on by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on Wednesday, which the government banned journalists from reporting, I’m more concerned than ever about the current process in place and how the lack of transparency threatens Australia’s future sovereignty,” said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Australian Greens spokesperson on trade.
 
“With the Abbott Government now suggesting they will consider Investor-state Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions the threat to Australia’s public interest laws that protect our environment and farming communities, underpin our public health system and protect worker’s rights is urgent and real. 
 
"It is totally unacceptable that some big businesses are getting briefings and providing input on the TPPA but the Australian community and many public interest groups are kept in the dark.
 
“In the first week of this new parliament I will move an Order of Production of the TPPA text to the Senate and this is the chance for Labor to work with the Greens to get a good outcome for farmers, workers and communities.
 
"Labor rightly opposed ISDS provisions because they threaten landmark reforms such as Australia’s plain packaging laws, but with the Abbott Government open to accepting ISDS provisions I call on Labor to support my motion to have the TPPA text made public.
 
"The TPPA risks our Australian sovereignty and democracy, and is a threat to our environment, society and economy.
 
"Tony Abbott must end the secrecy and hidden agendas that have defined his Government.
 
"The TPPA draft texts must be released so the broader Australian community can have input prior to any final copy being ratified by parliament,” concluded Senator Whish-Wilson.
 
The community can support a petition calling for the TPPA text to be made public here - http://grns.mp/make-TPPA-text-public

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