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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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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Heffernan speaks the truth on the TPP as Andrew Robb continues to spin

10 Apr 2015

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan’s attack on the Australian Government’s handling of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement negotiations.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “I congratulate Bill Heffernan for taking Andrew Robb to task over the secrecy surrounding the TPP and the consequences of the Trojan Horse Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses.

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Government needs to heed Harper’s warnings on trade deal approach

01 Apr 2015

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has backed the recommendation within the Harper Review into competition policy that calls for an “Independent and transparent analysis of the costs and benefits to Australia of any proposed IP provisions in trade negotiations [to] be undertaken to inform international trade negotiations”.

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Australian Senate calls for a cost-benefit inquiry into the impact of the TPP

01 Apr 2015

Last week the Australian Senate called on the Australian Government to request that the Productivity Commission undertake a comprehensive socio-economic cost-benefit inquiry into the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on Australia.  See Senator Whish-Wilson's motion below which was passed by the Senate.

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Leaked TPP text confirms worst fears over secretive trade deal

26 Mar 2015

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on today’s leak of the Investment Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that indicates the deal will include the controversial and dangerous Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clause.

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A spoonful of sugar won’t make Robb’s trade deal medicine go down

03 Mar 2015

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the analysis by the Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation at the University of NSW on the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) on medicine prices.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Here we have an expert analysis of the leaked chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that says the TPP will make medicine prices go up.

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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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