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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MYEFO reveals billion dollar costs from Government’s trade agenda

16 Dec 2014

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.

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

02 Dec 2014

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.

 

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Trojan-Horse Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in China deal to haunt Australian Parliament for decades

18 Nov 2014

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says that the impending China trade deal will allow Chinese private and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to sue the Australian government over public interest legislation that affects their investment.

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

17 Nov 2014

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.

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

16 Nov 2014

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.

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

10 Nov 2014

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.

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Government must rule out trading away any aspect of the ABC or SBS in TPP negotiations

27 Oct 2014

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the final day of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Ministers’ meeting.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “In Sydney today, Trade Ministers from twelve nations will be discussing how Australia’s laws should be changed to suit big businesses in other countries and yet our Trade Minister won’t tell you what he is trading away.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement negotiations are about trading away the National Interest

24 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said that this weekend’s meeting of Trade Ministers for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is being carried out in total secrecy.

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Only the Greens take a stand against ISDS in trade deals by opposing KAFTA

02 Oct 2014

Greens Spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, last night lashed out at Labor for supporting the Government over the Korean-Australia Free Trade deal that included the dangerous Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions.

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