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The purpose of the Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Act 2014 is to protect Australian laws by banning Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions. The Bill has been referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation committee for inquiry.

If you have concerns with ISDS and support protecting Australian laws by banning ISDS, it's vital that you let the Australian parliament know by making a submission to this inquiry.  The number and quality of submissions is important and will make a difference.

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

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.

With modern trade agreements being more about protecting corporate foreign investments, the numbers of ISDS provisions are exploding. This puts at risk our parliamentary sovereignty by allow corporations to sue governments simply for enacting legislation if the legislation affects corporate profits.

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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?

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

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

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

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.

"Last week the Greens were successful in moving a motion through the Senate which ordered the production and public release of the secret TPPA trade deal," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

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Greens win greater transparency on secret trade deal

Today in the Senate the Australian Greens have successfully moved a motion that will bring greater transparency on the biggest free trade deal in this country's history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) currently being negotiated in secret with the United States and 10 other nations.

"Today's result is an important step forward in compelling Tony Abbott to end the secrecy and hidden agendas that have defined his Government to date," said Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Australian Greens spokesperson for trade.

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