Trade

The Greens believe that fair trade, not just free trade, is essential.  Australia’s trade agreements must be multilateral, reviewable by Parliament and include clauses on the observance of human rights and labour laws, health and safety and environmental standards, to ensure that trade is not conducted at the expense of a more just and sustainable world. 

The Greens want Australia to play a positive role in ensuring that trade agreements contribute towards global poverty alleviation goals, and provide genuine opportunities and equity for less developed nations. 

Our priority is to ensure any trade agreements Australia enters into do not undermine our public health systems, intellectual property or cultural expression, or increase the rights and market domination of corporations at the expense of our civil society and environment. 

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NZ Prime Minister says TPP will cost governments more in medicine price rises

29 Jul 2015

The New Zealand Prime Minister has admitted that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will result in longer patent lengths meaning that medicines will be more expensive for longer, meanwhile the Australian government continues to deny that this is the case.

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling on the Australian Government to be up front with the public and be honest about the fact that the TPP is going to increase the cost of medicines to the Australian tax-payer.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Tony Abbott and Andrew Robb need to fess up to the Australian people about how much the TPP will cost the taxpayer in increased costs to the PBS.

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Labor’s trade stance is appeasement, not opposition to the TPP and ChAFTA

24 Jul 2015

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on Labor’s recent statements on Australia’s trade agreements.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “Labor’s statement today that they would try and unwind Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions from existing trade agreements is an abrogation of responsibility that it was Labor’s votes in the Senate that passed these agreements into law.

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Senate Inquiry finds that Trade Agreement negotiation process is broken

25 Jun 2015

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says the Senate report into the Commonwealth’s treaty-making process vindicates the stance the Greens have taken on these agreements over previous years.

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TPP is coming to Australia. Will the Labor leadership help stop this dud deal?

24 Jun 2015

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says that now the major hurdles in the US Congress have been cleared the trans-national negotiations will quickly come to their final conclusion. With Bill Shorten yesterday telling Labor caucus that he wouldn’t block the anti-worker China FTA, the question remains will the Labor leadership help block the anti-democratic Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “There is no longer any doubt that the TPP juggernaut is coming to Australia.

“There was a good chance that the US Congress wasn’t going to give President Obama authority to negotiate the TPP, but because a procedural vote passed the US Senate last night this chance is now gone.

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Greens' statement on the China Australia Free Trade Agreement

17 Jun 2015

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the newly signed China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Regardless of the supposed marginal economic benefits, the Greens will never support an agreement that makes future governments liable to be sued by foreign corporations simply for making laws that protect the public interest.

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Australian Parliament should learn from the Congress on Transpacific Partnership Agreement

13 Jun 2015

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson welcomes today’s failure of President Obama’s Fast-Track legislative package through Congress today and highlights the fierce debate that is occurring right now in the United States over the worth of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Senator Whish Wilson said, “If President Obama can’t get the Leader of his own party in the Congress, Nancy Pelosi, nor a majority of Democrats to support him on the TPP it really must be a terrible trade deal.

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Australia must not trade away our health: Greens

11 Jun 2015

Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania and spokesperson on trade, Peter Whish-Wilson, said today that leaked draft text indicated that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) poses a threat to the health of Australians and our sovereignty.

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Greens welcome ACTU intervention in the TPP debate

28 May 2015

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

25 May 2015

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

04 May 2015

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.

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