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. 


TPP meeting last chance for Australia to say no to ISDS

25 Sep 2015

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meeting beginning tomorrow in Atlanta, USA is the last chance for Australia to make a stand on excluding the Trojan Horse Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses from this 12-nation (and growing) partnership agreement.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “By signing up to the TPP the government is signing Australia up to give rights to corporations from 11 other nations to sue our government for making laws in the public interest if it affects those companies’ profits.

“The government says they are seeking safeguards against this but according to reports the Investment Chapter is closed and we are locked in.

“Once this agreement is signed there is no chance of amending it, either for the government or for the Australian Parliament.

"The Australian Government will have signed us up to an agreement that allows our laws to be challenged in an international private court without first consulting with the Australian people.


Opportunity to fix broken treaty-making process lost with failure to trade Robb

21 Sep 2015

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson makes the following comments regarding the recent portfolio shuffle:

“It is disappointing that Prime Minister Turnbull hasn’t used this opportunity to bring a new set of eyes and leadership to the Trade portfolio.



The Government's Free Trade Jobs #MATHSFAIL

18 Sep 2015

While touting how *amazing* their China, Korean and Japanese Free Trade Agreements are, the government has made a humiliating error in repeatedly promoting the creation of 178,000 jobs. In reality their own modeling shows that there will be just 5,434 jobs created from these three FTAs in 20 years time. ‪#‎MATHSFAIL‬


Government blatantly misleads parliament and the public on trade deal job claims

17 Sep 2015

Today in Senate question time, Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, asked the government why they had made such an embarrassing error in repeatedly promoting the creation of  178,000 jobs from their three North Asian trade agreements, when their own modelling shows that there will be just 5,434 in 20 years time.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The government has made a basic error that is analogous to someone saying ‘I have $1000 in my bank account at the end of this year and $1000 in my bank account at the end of next year, therefore I have $2000 in total.


Government continues to rush China Free Trade Agreement process

16 Sep 2015

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson reproaches the government for introducing the enabling legislation for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) over a month before the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has provided its report into the agreement.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The government, by introducing the enabling Legislation before Parliament has had the opportunity to scrutinise the ChAFTA agreement, shows its interest lies in the politics of the agreement rather than in securing a good outcome.


Labor should not pass a China trade agreement that includes ISDS

03 Sep 2015

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is calling on Labor to refuse to pass the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) while it still contains an open-ended Investor-State Dispute-Settlement (ISDS) provision.

Today on morning radio, the Labor Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen, said, “We want to see the China Free Trade Agreement implemented… Those concerns can be dealt with by the Government… They don't need to reopen the agreements, the agreement with China. They don't need to go back to Beijing and renegotiate.”

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Given that ISDS is in black and white in the core text of ChAFTA, this statement by Chris Bowen indicates that Labor is looking to pass ChAFTA inclusive of this anti-democratic clause.


Government’s Free Trade Agreement rhetoric an insult to the collective national intelligence

02 Sep 2015

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says the Government’s sales pitch for the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) is reaching hysterical levels.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Treasury wrote in the 2010 Blue Book that ‘the potential benefits of the Free Trade Agreements currently under negotiation [like ChAFTA] have been oversold and the negatives largely ignored,’ and this is exactly what we are hearing from the Government today.

“When I asked Treasury and DFAT if they had included modelling of the economic impact of agreements like ChAFTA in their future GDP projections they said they hadn’t because the impact would be too negligible to warrant being considered.


New TPP leak shows the US still trying to make Australia take its bad medicine

05 Aug 2015

Today’s leak of the Intellectual Property (IP) Rights Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership text from 11th May 2015 reveals the persistence of the US in pushing Australia to adopt rules that will push up the cost of medicines, said Trade spokesperson for the Greens, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This new leak shows the US continues to foist its protectionist intellectual property proposals on Australia to look after Big Pharma at the expense of Australia consumers and taxpayers.


No better time than now for Robb to walk away from secret TPP deal

01 Aug 2015

No better time than now for Robb to walk away from secret TPP deal


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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