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Fair Trade Network election scorecard

Press Release – AFTINET The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network of 60 community organisations has analysed policy documents, public statements and past records to compare the trade policies of the major parties on key issues, summarised below.Fair Trade Network election scorecard Greens and NXT 5 Stars, Labor 4 Stars, Liberals last The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network of 60 community organisations has analysed policy documents, public statements and past records to compare the trade policies of the major parties on key issues, summarised below. Policy Liberal Labor Greens Xenophon Opposes foreign investor rights to sue Governments (ISDS) No Yes Yes Yes Opposes stronger medicine and copyright monopolies No Yes Yes Yes Supports enforceable labour rights No Yes Yes Yes Supports enforceable environmental protections No Yes Yes Yes Supports labour market testing No Yes Yes Yes Supports release of draft texts and final texts before signing No Yes Yes Yes Has committed to vote against the TPP’s implementing legislation No Not decided Yes Yes Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Convenor, said today that the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team score highest with five stars. She said that ALP policy scored well on most key issues, but loses a star because it has not committed to voting against the TPP’s implementing legislation, despite the fact that the TPP contradicts its policy on those key issues. The Coalition scores lowest...

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US seeks more in TPP on medicine monopolies at APEC meeting

Press Release – AFTINET The US government is making a desperate attempt to placate domestic US corporate and Republican opposition to the TPP implementing legislation by demanding stronger monopolies for pharmaceutical companies and other concessions at a meeting of TPP … May 17, 2016 US seeks more in TPP on medicine monopolies at APEC meeting “The US government is making a desperate attempt to placate domestic US corporate and Republican opposition to the TPP implementing legislation by demanding stronger monopolies for pharmaceutical companies and other concessions at a meeting of TPP ministers to be held this week on the sidelines of the APEC Trade Ministers meeting in Peru,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today. The US is seeking side letters which would give even stronger monopolies on biologic medicines and remove national privacy protections on data held by global corporations. The tobacco industry is also claiming that the TPP is discriminatory because it prevents them from suing governments over tobacco regulation, while allowing other global corporations to sue over other public interest legislation.” Although the TPP text was released and formally signed early this year, it requires the US, Japan and at least four other TPP governments to pass implementing legislation before the deal can come into force. An Australian Parliamentary Inquiry is currently in progress. None of the 12 Pacific...

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TPP: Record numbers of submissions to inquiry

Press Release – AFTINET TPP: Record numbers of submissions to inquiry show opposition to more rights for global corporations The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Inquiry into the Trans-Pacific trade deal received a record number of 175 substantial submissions, …TPP: Record numbers of submissions to inquiry show opposition to more rights for global corporations “The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Inquiry into the Trans-Pacific trade deal received a record number of 175 substantial submissions, most of which are critical of the ways in which the TPP gives additional monopoly rights to global pharmaceutical corporations and permits all foreign corporations to sue governments over changes in domestic legislation,” AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today. “The Panama Papers revelations of scandalous tax evasion by global corporations beg the question of why any government would agree to give such corporations additional legal rights to challenge national regulation as part of a trade agreement. Instead of enabling corporations to challenge future government regulation, governments should be ensuring that they have the capacity to act to end such behavior,” said Dr Ranald. The complete list of submissions is on the JSCOT website here , and the AFTINET submission is here The inquiry also received over 11,000 critical messages, which have not yet been registered on the website. “The record numbers of critical submissions and messages show the deep community concern about the TPP...

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Trade Minister Robb shoots the messenger

Press Release – AFTINET Trade Minister Robb today rejected calls from 59 community organisations representing over two million Australians for an independent assessment by the Productivity Commission on ABC national radio this morning. He claimed that the broad alliance of public … February 4, 2016 Trade Minister Robb shoots the messenger, refuses independent TPP assessment Trade Minister Robb today rejected calls from 59 community organisations representing over two million Australians for an independent assessment by the Productivity Commission on ABC national radio this morning. He claimed that the broad alliance of public health, church, environment, aid and development and union organisations were just ‘the usual suspects opposed to all trade agreements’ “. AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said that Mr. Robb was shooting the messenger, and failing to address genuine community concerns, also expressed by bodies like the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Productivity Commission. “The TPP locks in stronger monopoly rights for global corporations over medicines and copyright, and gives all foreign investors special additional rights to sue governments over domestic laws. This is the opposite of free trade,” said Dr Ranald. “We are not opposed to trade. We are making the point that the TPP is not mainly about trade at all. Australia already has free trade agreements with nine of the 12 TPP countries, and a World Bank study shows there will be minuscule...

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Tans-Pacific trade deal a hard sell for PM Turnbull

Press Release – AFTINET Prime Minister Turnbull faces an uphill battle convincing members of the U.S. Congress to support legislation for the TPP, given recent studies which show negligible or negative impacts from the TPP on the Australian and US economies, and threats …January 18, 2016 Tans-Pacific trade deal a hard sell for PM Turnbull in Washington “Prime Minister Turnbull faces an uphill battle convincing members of the U.S. Congress to support legislation for the TPP, given recent studies which show negligible or negative impacts from the TPP on the Australian and US economies, and threats to environmental laws,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today. The US Ambassador to Australia has asked Mr Turnbull to lobby members of Congress in support of the TPP legislation to be considered by Congress later this year. “It is extraordinary that the US administration is asking other governments to put the case for the TPP,” said Doctor Ranald. “This is because strong popular opposition to the TPP in the US has resulted in Democrat and Republican presidential candidatescondemning the TPP, and key members of Congress committees have predicted that Congress will not even vote on TPP implementing legislation until after the presidential elections.” Dr Ranald said that economic studies released in January from the World Bank and Tufts University have shown that TPP economic impacts...

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