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TransCanada to sue US Government over Keystone decision putting global climate action at risk

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says the decision by TransCanada to sue the United States Government for $15 billion in damages using the Investor-State Dispute settlement provisions in NAFTA over the Keystone pipeline decision puts global climate action at risk and also serves as a warning for Australia to not ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Greens release Trade policy

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Whish-Wilson, and spokesperson for Industrial Relations, Adam Bandt, will today release the Greens Trade initiative and call for Labor to stop trying to have it both ways on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), workers’ rights and local procurement policies.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The ALP continues to walk both sides of the street on the TPP. Their MPs say they oppose Investor-State Dispute Settlement clauses (ISDS), but if their policy is to mean anything they must vote against the TPP.

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Shorten must walk the talk on local steel and oppose the TPP

The Australian Greens' trade spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, today called on the Labor Party to commit to opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the wake of Bill Shorten's comments about Arrium Steel.

Bill Shorten said yesterday that he would require all levels of government to buy local steel, and asked the rhetorical question, "What's wrong with requiring Australian content in the steel?"

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Andrew Robb is running scared on independent TPP scrutiny

Today Andrew Robb has signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) on behalf of the Australian government. Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments:

“When the Government signed the China-Australia Free Trade agreement they made a month-long song and dance about it. But you would barely notice that the Government has signed the TPP because this time around they have been quite muted. I haven’t seen them ask a single Dorothy Dixer question in Question Time all week.

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Plain Packaging victory is outstanding for public health but ISDS still hangs like a Damocles sword over Australian democracy

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson welcomes Australia’s victory in the Investor-State Dispute-Settlement (ISDS) case against Phillip Morris over plain packaging laws.

“Plain packaging has proven to be an effective public policy tool to reduce smoking rates in Australia. Unfortunately as a nation we have signed up to trade and investment treaties that have given corporations the right to sue us for making laws that might impinge on a foreign corporation’s profits.

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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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