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Robb rushes to TPP deal to distract from government woes

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).

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Andrew Robb revealed in an ABC interview today that he hopes that  Trans-Pacific Partnership deal could occur within weeks, at least a month earlier than the US Trade Representative Michael Froman said was even possible.

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Greens continue to seek end of secrecy over the China Free Trade deal

Today the Senate voted down an Order for Production of Documents that would have required the Government to table the text of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said, “The Greens will relentlessly fight the secrecy of the Government’s trade agenda.

“Today the Senate voted down a motion from the Greens that would have compelled the Government to produce the text of the China-Australia trade deal. 

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Rust Belt 2.0 - What will the China-Australia deal mean for Australian jobs

The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on the today’s announcement about a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “What has the Government actually announced today? We are signing something to say that we will sign a deal at some point in the future. This is a Clayton’s trade deal when you need a headline.

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Australian Greens National Conference passes motion opposing secret trade deals and Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses

The Australian Greens National Conference held in Canberra this weekend passed the following motion on trade deals and Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS).

That the Australian Greens National Conference notes:

(i) That the world's biggest trade deal - the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement - is close to being finalised by 12 countries including Australia.

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