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Only the Greens take a stand against ISDS in trade deals by opposing KAFTA

Greens Spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, last night lashed out at Labor for supporting the Government over the Korean-Australia Free Trade deal that included the dangerous Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Someone has to stand up and face off with the Government and say that this deal is not good enough. It is high noon at the free trade corral and it looks like only the Greens are going to be standing in the dust..., eyeing off the government.

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Time to put Trojan horse provisions in trade deals out to pasture

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments about today’s hearing into the Greens Bill to ban Investor-State Dispute Settlement provisions in trade deals - Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Bill 2014.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “I introduced this bill to make sure these Trojan horse provisions in trade deals received appropriate parliamentary attention.

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Senate motion on protecting public health and PBS from trade agreements

That the Senate-
a) notes the open letter to the Government, dated 9 December 2013, signed by 44 prominent academics and public health experts, which expresses alarm around the effects these potential changes could have on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the integrity of Australian public health initiatives;
b) reiterates its call for the Government to make public the details of the final agreed text and Australia’s position regarding these controversial intellectual property provisions; and

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Greens win greater transparency on secret trade deal

Today in the Senate the Australian Greens have successfully moved a motion that will bring greater transparency on the biggest free trade deal in this country's history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) currently being negotiated in secret with the United States and 10 other nations.

"Today's result is an important step forward in compelling Tony Abbott to end the secrecy and hidden agendas that have defined his Government to date," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Australian Greens spokesperson for trade.

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Greens act to expose threats to Australians after damning leak of secret trade deal document

Delivering free trade deals are a top priority for the Abbott government and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) currently being negotiated is the biggest free trade deal in this country’s history, impacting all walks of Australian life.  The Australian Greens stated it is likely to also turn into this government’s biggest headache. 

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