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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Recent Articles and ISDS cases

15 Mar 2014

Recent Articles and ISDS cases

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Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) - The Trojan Horse in Trade Agreements

14 Mar 2014

ISDS allows foreign investors to sue governments if their investments are ‘harmed' by a national, state or local policy or law.

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TAKE ACTION NOW & MAKE A SUBMISSION

14 Mar 2014

On 5 March 2014, Greens Senator Whish-Wilson introduced the Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Act 2014 into the Senate. The purpose of the Bill is to protect Australian laws by banning Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions and it has been referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation committee for inquiry.

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GREEN ACTION IN PARLIAMENT ON THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

14 Mar 2014

For over two years the Greens have been calling for the TPP text to be made public. We need to know how this agreement impacts us before it is signed. This would help ensure that our nation's biggest ever trade deal is not just not just for the special interests of the powerful, but is fair for all Australians.

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Greens introduce Bill to protect the Public Interest against Trojan horse provisions in Trade Agreements

05 Mar 2014

Today Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson introduced the Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Act 2014 into the Senate. The purpose of the Bill is to protect Australian laws by banning Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions.

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Media Release // Has Andrew Robb hidden modelling that showed the Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) would negatively impact on the car sector?

04 Mar 2014

Greens spokesperson for trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson commented, "The Greens support trade deals, we just want an honest conversation in this country on what is free trade versus fair trade. It is childish of Andrew Robb not to acknowledge or factor in the obvious risks from trade deals into ongoing negotiations."

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Media Release // Greens to oppose Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement over ISDS Provisions

17 Feb 2014

With today’s release of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the Greens are going on the record that they will not support any Free Trade Agreements to pass the parliament that include Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “This Free Trade Deal is designed to supercharge coal and gas exports to Korea by multi-national corporations at the expense of local industries and local communities.

“And with the inclusion of the controversial ISDS clauses, the Government has put the profits of the powerful corporations ahead of people.

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Media Release // Greens move to compel release of Korean FTA economic modelling

13 Feb 2014

The Greens spokesperson on trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, will today move a motion in the Senate to compel the Government to release the economic modelling for the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Toyota, in explaining their decision to pull out of local car manufacturing, cited the impacts of "current and future free trade agreements".

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Treasury and the Productivity Commission have advised that the potential benefits of the Free Trade Agreements currently under negotiation have been oversold and the negatives largely ignored.

 

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Media Release // Statement on the leak of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Environment Chapter

16 Jan 2014

Only days ago Trade Minister Andrew Robb said it was 'nonsense' that Australians were being kept in the dark on the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). Despite all his government's efforts to the contrary, today Australians are less in the dark with the WikiLeaks release of the environment chapter of the agreement.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Just as the Jakarta Post has become the only source for news about the Abbott government's asylum seeker policy, WikiLeaks is now our only source for information about Abbott's trade policy.

 

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Abbott Government blocks trade deal transparency showing contempt for Senate and Australian people

09 Dec 2013

Today Australian Greens spokesperson on trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, was fiercely critical of the Abbott Government's refusal to abide by the will of the Senate and publicly release the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) text.

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