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Greens call on Government to refer Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) to Productivity Commission

The Australian Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to request that he refers the entire Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) to the Productivity Commission for full economic assessment.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The public and the Parliament have a right to hear the full story about the TPP, not just the spin from the government.

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Turnbull and Robb give US corporations the right to sue Australia

Malcolm Turnbull and Andrew Robb have done what John Howard and Mark Vaile refused to do: Via the TPP they have granted US corporations to the right to sue the Australian government over making laws in the public interest.

“The United States pushed hard for the inclusion of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in the 2004 US Free Trade Agreement but then Australia refused.

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TPP meeting last chance for Australia to say no to ISDS

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meeting beginning tomorrow in Atlanta, USA is the last chance for Australia to make a stand on excluding the Trojan Horse Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses from this 12-nation (and growing) partnership agreement.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “By signing up to the TPP the government is signing Australia up to give rights to corporations from 11 other nations to sue our government for making laws in the public interest if it affects those companies’ profits.

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Opportunity to fix broken treaty-making process lost with failure to trade Robb

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson makes the following comments regarding the recent portfolio shuffle:

“It is disappointing that Prime Minister Turnbull hasn’t used this opportunity to bring a new set of eyes and leadership to the Trade portfolio.

“Andrew Robb is a ‘free trade fossil’, a champion for an-out of-touch and broken trade treaty system that is selling us all down the river.

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New TPP leak shows the US still trying to make Australia take its bad medicine

Today’s leak of the Intellectual Property (IP) Rights Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership text from 11th May 2015 reveals the persistence of the US in pushing Australia to adopt rules that will push up the cost of medicines, said Trade spokesperson for the Greens, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

Knowledge Ecology International has uploaded a leaked section of the chapter here.

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NZ Prime Minister says TPP will cost governments more in medicine price rises

The New Zealand Prime Minister has admitted that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will result in longer patent lengths meaning that medicines will be more expensive for longer, meanwhile the Australian government continues to deny that this is the case.

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling on the Australian Government to be up front with the public and be honest about the fact that the TPP is going to increase the cost of medicines to the Australian tax-payer.

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Labor’s trade stance is appeasement, not opposition to the TPP and ChAFTA

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on Labor’s recent statements on Australia’s trade agreements.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “Labor’s statement today that they would try and unwind Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions from existing trade agreements is an abrogation of responsibility that it was Labor’s votes in the Senate that passed these agreements into law.

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Senate Inquiry finds that Trade Agreement negotiation process is broken

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says the Senate report into the Commonwealth’s treaty-making process vindicates the stance the Greens have taken on these agreements over previous years.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “These ‘trade deals’ aren’t what they used to be. It’s no longer simply about tariffs and quotas, or trading commodity exports for manufacturing imports. These modern agreements now cover every aspect of public policy.

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TPP is coming to Australia. Will the Labor leadership help stop this dud deal?

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says that now the major hurdles in the US Congress have been cleared the trans-national negotiations will quickly come to their final conclusion. With Bill Shorten yesterday telling Labor caucus that he wouldn’t block the anti-worker China FTA, the question remains will the Labor leadership help block the anti-democratic Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “There is no longer any doubt that the TPP juggernaut is coming to Australia.

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Australian Parliament should learn from the Congress on Transpacific Partnership Agreement

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson welcomes today’s failure of President Obama’s Fast-Track legislative package through Congress today and highlights the fierce debate that is occurring right now in the United States over the worth of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Senator Whish Wilson said, “If President Obama can’t get the Leader of his own party in the Congress, Nancy Pelosi, nor a majority of Democrats to support him on the TPP it really must be a terrible trade deal.

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