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Labor and PUP fail to hold Abbott Government accountable on human rights in trade deals

Media Release
Peter Whish-Wilson 7 Jul 2014

Today in the Senate the Australian Greens attempted to move a motion calling on the Government to make human rights for women, religious minorities, and LGBT individuals a condition of trade under the already secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) but were blocked by not only the Government Senators but also Labor and the Palmer United Party.

"There has been international condemnation of Brunei Darussalam's recent adoption of a revised penal code which legalises violence, torture, or other cruel and inhumane treatment of its citizens," said Australian Greens spokesperson on trade, Peter Whish-Wilson.

"Over 100 Democratic and Republican members of US Congress have called on American trade negotiators to kick Brunei out of TPP trade talks until its sultan revokes these radical laws.

"Today Labor, the Palmer United Party, and Abbott's Senators blocked moves by the Greens calling on the Australian Government to not trade away the human rights of women, religious minorities, and LGBT individuals to a nation under sharia law," Senator Whish-Wilson concluded.

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