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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More reasons to sceptical of trade deal rhetoric

25 Feb 2015

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today questioned Treasury officials about the so-called economic benefits of the Abbott Government’s trade deals. Treasury officials revealed that that have done no modelling on the economic benefits of these deals to include in GDP forecasts.

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Trade deals tie Government's hands on berry contamination scare

19 Feb 2015

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.

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Greens back doctors’ call for transparency in Trans-Pacific Partnership

10 Feb 2015

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.

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Robb rushes to TPP deal to distract from government woes

05 Feb 2015

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).

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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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