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Greens welcome ACTU intervention in the TPP debate

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, enthusiastically welcomes the ACTU passing a motion at their National Congress today calling on the Australian Government to release the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text or to withdraw Australia from negotiations. Senator Whish-Wilson addressed ACTU members at a TPP breakfast yesterday.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “Today the ACTU unanimously passed a motion calling on the Australian Government to release the TPP text or to withdraw from negotiations.

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So-called offer to see Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement text is farcical

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on reports that Trade Minister Andrew Robb is offering MPs private briefings and viewings of the Trans Pacific Partnership (subject to confidentiality orders).

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “I have asked questions of Ministers in Question Time, and questions of Ministers and officials in Estimates; the Senate has passed motions calling on the Government to table the text of the TPP well before it is signed; and no one has provided any relevant information at all.

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Senate Inquiry hears that trade deal process is broken

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says that the current Senate Inquiry into The Commonwealth’s treaty-making process should provide the circuit-breaker needed to spark an overhaul of the broken trade deal process.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The overwhelming weight of submissions to this Inquiry indicated that the process by which Australia makes trade deals is broken.

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Leaked TPP text confirms worst fears over secretive trade deal

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on today’s leak of the Investment Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that indicates the deal will include the controversial and dangerous Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clause.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Senate recently heard evidence that ISDS clauses are now proving dangerous, with hundreds of cases proliferating around the world in recent years.

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A spoonful of sugar won’t make Robb’s trade deal medicine go down

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the analysis by the Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation at the University of NSW on the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) on medicine prices.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Here we have an expert analysis of the leaked chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that says the TPP will make medicine prices go up.

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Trade deals tie Government's hands on berry contamination scare

The Greens’ spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says the Abbott Government’s radical free trade agenda risks impacting on day-to-day domestic policy issues including our ability to respond such crises as the frozen berry contamination scare of this week.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “Current and future trade agreements are weakening our sovereign ability to set stringent food safety, food labelling and quarantine standards.

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Greens back doctors’ call for transparency in Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, welcomes and backs the call by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) for the need for greater transparency around the health aspects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Australian Medical Association is right to refuse to take the Government at their word when it comes to the impacts from the TPP.

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Robb rushes to TPP deal to distract from government woes

The Greens spokesperson on Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson is calling on the Trade Minister Andrew Robb, to reveal what he is trading away in the rushed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP).

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Andrew Robb revealed in an ABC interview today that he hopes that  Trans-Pacific Partnership deal could occur within weeks, at least a month earlier than the US Trade Representative Michael Froman said was even possible.

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Government must rule out trading away any aspect of the ABC or SBS in TPP negotiations

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the final day of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Ministers’ meeting.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “In Sydney today, Trade Ministers from twelve nations will be discussing how Australia’s laws should be changed to suit big businesses in other countries and yet our Trade Minister won’t tell you what he is trading away.

“Andrew Robb is treating the Australian Parliament, the press and the public like mushrooms. We are all being kept in the dark.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement negotiations are about trading away the National Interest

The Australian Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said that this weekend’s meeting of Trade Ministers for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is being carried out in total secrecy.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Bureaucrats and Ministers are meeting in Canberra and Sydney over the next week, in secret, to trade away the National Interest.

“The TPP agreement is an assault on Australian laws and Australian sovereignty in the name of multi-national corporations.

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