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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Labor’s trade stance is appeasement, not opposition to the TPP and ChAFTA

24 Jul 2015

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on Labor’s recent statements on Australia’s trade agreements.

Senator Whish-Wilson said “Labor’s statement today that they would try and unwind Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions from existing trade agreements is an abrogation of responsibility that it was Labor’s votes in the Senate that passed these agreements into law.

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Senate Inquiry finds that Trade Agreement negotiation process is broken

25 Jun 2015

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says the Senate report into the Commonwealth’s treaty-making process vindicates the stance the Greens have taken on these agreements over previous years.

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TPP is coming to Australia. Will the Labor leadership help stop this dud deal?

24 Jun 2015

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says that now the major hurdles in the US Congress have been cleared the trans-national negotiations will quickly come to their final conclusion. With Bill Shorten yesterday telling Labor caucus that he wouldn’t block the anti-worker China FTA, the question remains will the Labor leadership help block the anti-democratic Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “There is no longer any doubt that the TPP juggernaut is coming to Australia.

“There was a good chance that the US Congress wasn’t going to give President Obama authority to negotiate the TPP, but because a procedural vote passed the US Senate last night this chance is now gone.

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Greens' statement on the China Australia Free Trade Agreement

17 Jun 2015

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the newly signed China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Regardless of the supposed marginal economic benefits, the Greens will never support an agreement that makes future governments liable to be sued by foreign corporations simply for making laws that protect the public interest.

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Australian Parliament should learn from the Congress on Transpacific Partnership Agreement

13 Jun 2015

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson welcomes today’s failure of President Obama’s Fast-Track legislative package through Congress today and highlights the fierce debate that is occurring right now in the United States over the worth of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Senator Whish Wilson said, “If President Obama can’t get the Leader of his own party in the Congress, Nancy Pelosi, nor a majority of Democrats to support him on the TPP it really must be a terrible trade deal.

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