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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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MYEFO reveals billion dollar costs from Government’s trade agenda

With Andrew Robb today trumpeting the start date for the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) the Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson highlights the multi-billion dollar impacts the Government’s trade agenda has had on the Federal budget.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This government loves to talk up their trade deals, but they are silent on the multi-billion dollar impact these decisions have had on the Federal budget.

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Greens continue to seek end of secrecy over the China Free Trade deal

Today the Senate voted down an Order for Production of Documents that would have required the Government to table the text of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said, “The Greens will relentlessly fight the secrecy of the Government’s trade agenda.

“Today the Senate voted down a motion from the Greens that would have compelled the Government to produce the text of the China-Australia trade deal. 

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Rust Belt 2.0 - What will the China-Australia deal mean for Australian jobs

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on the today’s announcement about a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “What has the Government actually announced today? We are signing something to say that we will sign a deal at some point in the future. This is a Clayton’s trade deal when you need a headline.

“The Government has stolen a headline and yet they won’t release the text for months.

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How big a hole will the China FTA punch in Abbott's Budget?

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson is calling on the government to release details of the estimated budget impact of the impending China-Australia trade deal. He is calling on the government to be upfront about what they are going to "trade away" to land the China agreement.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Trade deals always come with significant costs, but the government will never tell you about them.

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Rush to finish dangerous and undemocratic China Trade deal covers hidden costs

The Greens Spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson lashes out at the Australian government’s foolish rush to finalise the trade agreement with China in time for the Chinese President’s visit to Australia.

“What sort of irresponsible government sets arbitrary deadlines for complex negotiations with our biggest trading partner when the ramifications will last decades?” Senator Whish-Wilson asks.

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Australian Greens National Conference passes motion opposing secret trade deals and Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses

The Australian Greens National Conference held in Canberra this weekend passed the following motion on trade deals and Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS).

That the Australian Greens National Conference notes:

(i) That the world's biggest trade deal - the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement - is close to being finalised by 12 countries including Australia.

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