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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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Greens will act to end TPPA trade deal secrecy

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.
 

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Woolworths must sign Bangladesh accord to ensure products are produced under safe working conditions

Today, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Australian Greens spokesperson on trade, welcomed media reports that Kmart and Target have signed up to a global safety accord for Bangladesh garment workers and called on Woolworths and other retailers to do the same.

“In May, after the tragic Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, I wrote to Australian retailers Kmart, Target, and Woolworths and urged them to sign on to the Bangladesh Accord,” Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said.

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Cheap is not always cheerful in the trade debate

In the wake of the tragic Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh the Australian Greens have today successfully moved that the Senate call on Australian companies to ensure the safety and fair treatment of workers in developing countries. 

"The Greens have always called for 'fair trade' not 'free trade' and this horrific example in Bangladesh shows why it is not a throwaway line, it is a very real and important debate for our country to be having," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, national spokesperson on trade.

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New Free-Trade Negotiations Create Fresh Concerns Around Transparency

 

 

 

 

The recent announcement that Australia is one of 16 nations negotiating the Regional Economic Comprehensive Partnership raises fresh concerns for its impact on the Australian     economy, the Australian Greens stated today.

 

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said this was another case of a lack of transparency around the negotiations and the absence of an examination of the potential impacts on our economy.

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Australians have a right to know what is being traded away

The Federal Government must protect the civil liberties, health, and welfare of Australians in its negotiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, the Australian Greens urged today.

A Greens motion in the Senate calling on the Government to make the TPPA negotiations available to the public and to support measures protecting Australian sovereignty and the rights of Australian residents was defeated by the Government and Opposition voting together.

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Aun San Suu Kyi finally in Burma’s parliament, but struggle for democracy in Burma far from over – Greens

Scott Ludlam 3 May 2012

 

The Australian Greens have welcomed Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's long-overdue entry into parliament but urged the Australian Government and international community to remain vigilant on human rights in Burma.

Greens Burma spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the by-elections that brought Aung San Suu Kyi and other National League for Democracy members into parliament elected only 45 of a possible 664 seats in Burma's legislature.

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