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PACER-Plus trade deal without PNG and Fiji a bad deal

Friday, 21 April 2017, 9:09 am | AFTINET

AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today that Australia should not proceed with the PACER-Plus trade deal between Australia, New Zealand and only 12 of the original 14 Pacific Island countries. The deal was finalised in Brisbane today, and ... More >>

China FTA review should ditch controversial clause

Friday, 24 March 2017, 9:20 pm | AFTINET

China FTA review should ditch controversial temporary worker clause, says AFTINET “The Australian and Chinese governments’ announcement of a review of the Investment Facilitation Memorandum of Understanding attached to the China-Australia free trade ... More >>

Leaders ignore calls for fairer trade deals

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 2:10 pm | AFTINET

Representatives from all TPP countries except the US missed an opportunity to strive for fairer trade deals when they praised the dead TPP in a statement following a meeting today in Viña del Mar, Chile. The meeting was held on the sidelines of a ... More >>

Don’t revive the dead TPP at Chile trade meeting

Monday, 13 March 2017, 10:40 am | AFTINET

Two hundred organisations from 15 countries have urged trade ministers meeting in Chile tomorrow not to use the failed TPP as a model for future agreements. The ministers from some of the 12 TPP countries plus China, Korea and Colombia are meeting on the ... More >>

Don’t revive dead TPP, say 200 organisations in 15 countries

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 11:48 am | AFTINET

Two hundred organisations from 15 countries have urged trade ministers meeting in Chile next week not to use the failed TPP as a model for future agreements. The ministers from some of the 12 TPP countries plus China, Korea and Columbia are meeting on the ... More >>

Fair trade group says no to TPP-like proposals

Monday, 27 February 2017, 11:05 am | AFTINET

The Australian Government should oppose attempts to replicate the TPP in the Asian-based Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as negotiations continue in Kobe, Japan this week, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today. More >>

Call for Senate to vote down TPP as Aus Govt backs dead deal

Monday, 16 January 2017, 5:27 pm | AFTINET

Fair trade groups call for Senate to vote down TPP as government backs a dead agreement More >>

RCEP must not be another TPP, say civil society groups

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 11:59 am | AFTINET

The failed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) should not be used as a model for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)*, 316 civil society organisations from across the Asia Pacific have warned as the sixteenth round of negotiations begin ... More >>

RCEP: Public health condemn stronger medicine monopolies

Tuesday, 18 October 2016, 10:47 am | AFTINET

Public health and community groups condemn stronger medicine monopolies as RCEP mega trade deal talks continue this week. More >>

TPP Senate Inquiry welcomed by community groups

Friday, 16 September 2016, 11:03 am | AFTINET

September 16, 2016 TPP Senate Inquiry welcomed by community groups A Senate inquiry has been called into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, in response to a letter sent to parliamentarians from 60 community organisations representing over 2 million ... More >>

US pressures Australia for stronger TPP biologics monopolies

Friday, 9 September 2016, 1:01 pm | AFTINET

“We are alarmed by reports that US Senate Finance Committee Orrin Hatch says the US administration has “made progress” in talks with Australia and other TPP countries to find a way to increase data protection for costly lifesaving biologic drugs from ... More >>

Asia Pacific civil society groups condemn investor rights

Thursday, 4 August 2016, 10:43 am | AFTINET

Asia Pacific civil society groups condemn investor rights to sue governments in RCEP as Trade Ministers meet More >>

Fair Trade Network election scorecard

Monday, 20 June 2016, 11:07 am | AFTINET

The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network of 60 community organisations has analysed policy documents, public statements and past records to compare the trade policies of the major parties on key issues, summarised below. More >>

US seeks more in TPP on medicine monopolies at APEC meeting

Tuesday, 17 May 2016, 11:09 am | AFTINET

“The US government is making a desperate attempt to placate domestic US corporate and Republican opposition to the TPP implementing legislation by demanding stronger monopolies for pharmaceutical companies and other concessions at a meeting of TPP ... More >>

Stop rush to finish India and Pacific Island trade deals

Thursday, 14 April 2016, 11:47 am | AFTINET

“Trade Envoy Andrew Robb’s stated intention to complete secret negotiations on the India FTA in the next six weeks could violate the Caretaker Conventionwhich states that governments should not finalise trade deals in the election period, which is ... More >>

TPP: Record numbers of submissions to inquiry

Thursday, 7 April 2016, 10:26 am | AFTINET

TPP: Record numbers of submissions to inquiry show opposition to more rights for global corporations “The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Inquiry into the Trans-Pacific trade deal received a record number of 175 substantial submissions, ... More >>

Trade Minister Robb shoots the messenger

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 11:30 am | AFTINET

Trade Minister Robb today rejected calls from 59 community organisations representing over two million Australians for an independent assessment by the Productivity Commission on ABC national radio this morning. He claimed that the broad alliance of public ... More >>

ALP, Greens and independents co-host TPP forum

Wednesday, 3 February 2016, 1:19 pm | AFTINET

Fifty-nine community organisations representing more than two million Australians from all walks of life have endorsed a letter to parliamentarians asking for an independent review of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its impact on Australians before Parliament ... More >>

Tans-Pacific trade deal a hard sell for PM Turnbull

Monday, 18 January 2016, 4:16 pm | AFTINET

“Prime Minister Turnbull faces an uphill battle convincing members of the U.S. Congress to support legislation for the TPP, given recent studies which show negligible or negative impacts from the TPP on the Australian and US economies, and threats ... More >>

TPP text demonstrates corporate rights over citizens

Friday, 6 November 2015, 8:11 am | AFTINET

“Preliminary analysis of the thousands of pages of the main chapters of the TPP text show that community campaigns pressured governments to resist some of the most extreme corporate proposals in previous leaked drafts. But there are still devils ... More >>

 

 

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