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Labor votes with the Liberals to bring ISDS to Australia via the China Free Trade Agreement

This evening the Greens voted against the enabling legislation for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), an agreement that exposes future Australian governments to being sued by Chinese corporations for introducing legislation that impacts on their profits, and an agreement that undermines Australian working conditions.

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US Congress committee to look at changing TPP – Greens call on Australian government to clarify

The House ranking Democrat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Sander Levin has begun a process to review the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement and has left open the possibility of changing the Agreement saying “The upcoming 90-day period was established to facilitate an intensive and informed debate over the merits of TPP as negotiated, as well as the necessity for any modifications to the agreement, before the agreement is signed

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TPP text finally released – after any opportunity to fix it is gone

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says now the text has finally been released stakeholders and the community will at last get the chance to scrutinise it, but only after it is too late to change any of it.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “We will be looking closely at the details and consulting with stakeholders to examine the implications of the fine print. The text is 6000 pages long and full of technical and legal jargon.

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Liberal confusion: Are the three federal Tasmanian MPs for a 15% GST?

Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson said, “With the federal Liberal Government-driven GST reform campaign gaining pace, it is important for the Tasmanian people to know where their three federal government MPs stand on the issue.

“While some mainland Liberal MPs have come out against the proposal, we have heard nothing from the federal Members for Bass, Braddon and Lyons.

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Greens: Increasing the GST will hurt Tasmanians

Greens spokesperson for Finance, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said that raising the GST is regressive, unnecessary and its impact will fall heavily on Tasmanians.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Raising the GST will impact disproportionally on those on lower incomes.

“Tasmanians, who on average have lower incomes than those on the mainland, will be hit relatively harder than anyone else from this poorly thought-out tax hike.

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Big banks winners from government Financial System Inquiry response: Greens

The Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt and Finance spokesperson Senator Peter Whish-Wilson today said that the big banks are the big winners from the government’s response to the Financial System Inquiry. The Greens said they will seek to ensure any measures to limit credit card fees also apply to ATM fees and called for stronger action to prevent future financial advice scandals.

“The big banks seem to be the winners from the government’s response to the Financial Systems Inquiry,” Mr Bandt said.

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JSCOT rubber stamp for ChAFTA another example of how the treaty making process is broken

“Today, the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) has rubber-stamped the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) without any independent analysis of the costs and benefits of the Agreement,” said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, the Greens spokesperson on Trade,

“Even according to the government’s own analysis this deal will supposedly create only a few thousand jobs over the next twenty years and cost billions in revenue.

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Labor’s Migration Act amendments are no antidote to flawed ChAFTA agreement

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, says that Labor’s proposed Migration Act amendments do not provide sufficient protections for workers, nor are they are a justification for passing this deal.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “If we had an open and inclusive trade treaty process the passing of ChAFTA into legislation would not be in such a political mess.

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