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Trump backflip on the TPP exposes its problems

Friday, 13 April 2018, 4:34 pm | AFTINET

Trump backflip on the TPP exposes its problems and reinforces the need for full-length JSCOT and Senate Inquiries More >>

TPP-11 Senate inquiry welcomed by community organisations

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 11:54 am | AFTINET

Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network, today welcomed the Senate decision yesterday for an inquiry by the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to assess whether the rebadged Comprehensive ... More >>

CPTPP signed but not yet implemented

Friday, 9 March 2018, 11:34 am | AFTINET

Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network called today for a Senate Inquiry to assess whether the rebadged Comprehensive Progressive TPP is in the public interest, before Parliament considers the implementing legislation. More >>

Public forum on CPTPP

Thursday, 8 March 2018, 12:14 pm | AFTINET

Public forum on CPTPP: speakers say women will lose from more corporate rights, less democratic regulation More >>

Rebranded TPP 11 deal: a mess of side deals with no detail

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 12:38 pm | AFTINET

“The rebranded TPP 11 outcome announced today appears to be a mess of separate deals cobbled together to meet issues raised by Canada and others, which Trade Minister Steve Ciobo has described as “ 18 free trade agreements” for Australia. More >>

Argentina bans community groups from WTO Meeting

Friday, 1 December 2017, 1:34 pm | AFTINET

Argentina bans community groups from World Trade Organisation Meeting, despite their being approved by the WTO Groups Call on Argentine Government to Rescind its decision, and call on WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo and the General Council not to ... More >>

Pacific trade deal PACER-Plus is PACER-minus

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 2:52 pm | AFTINET

“The PACER-plus trade deal with the Pacific Islands, tabled in the Senate today, has not been signed by Papua New Guinea and Fiji, the two largest Pacific island economies which together represent over 80% of GDP of the combined island economies,” ... More >>

TPP 11 need for further talks show flaws

Saturday, 11 November 2017, 7:55 pm | AFTINET

TPP 11 need for further talks show flaws in the deal, says AFTINET “TPP 11 leaders meeting in da Nang Vietnam have reportedly agreed on some elements of a possible deal without the US, but have not succeeded in their aim of finalising the text. ... More >>

AFTINET welcomes TPP 11 collapse

Saturday, 11 November 2017, 10:49 am | AFTINET

AFTINET welcomes TPP 11 collapse, calls for fair trade policies to benefit most Australians “The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network of 60 community organisations welcomes the news that the TPP 11 attempt to revive the deal without the US has collapsed,” ... More >>

Peru FTA includes rights for investors to sue governments

Friday, 10 November 2017, 9:15 pm | AFTINET

Peru FTA includes rights for investors to sue governments (ISDS), but no text available for independent assessment “The announcement of the completion of the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement at the APEC meeting in Vietnam without access to the text again ... More >>

AFTINET calls for clear rejection of unfair deals

Monday, 30 October 2017, 3:56 pm | AFTINET

The Australian Fair Trade network of community organisations welcomes the pledge by Shadow Trade Minister Jason Clare in his speech to ACCI today for the public release and independent economic analysis of trade agreements before they are signed, but ... More >>

Community groups call for fairer trade rules at WTO meeting

Monday, 9 October 2017, 2:08 pm | AFTINET

Today, Trade Ministers from only 35 countries will attend a “mini-Ministerial” in Morocco which is intended to solidify the agenda for the upcoming 11th Ministerial Conference of the 164-member WTO (MC11) to be held December 10-13, 2017in Buenos ... More >>

TPP claims debunked by senior UN economist

Wednesday, 20 September 2017, 1:24 pm | AFTINET

“A new economic study has completely undermined previous claims that the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement without access to the giant US market would still result in significant economic gains for the remaining 11 countries,” AFTINET Convener Dr ... More >>

TPP 11 Sydney meeting vindicates community concerns

Friday, 1 September 2017, 2:43 pm | AFTINET

“Australian trade Minister Steve Ciobo’s call for minimal changes to the Trans-Pacific Partnership text appears to have been rejected by the other TPP 11 negotiators who met in Sydney this week. Instead the 11 governments* have agreed to suspend controversial ... More >>

Fair trade group slams attempt to revive TPP without US

Friday, 18 August 2017, 12:19 pm | AFTINET

Trade negotiators from 11 of the original 12 TPP countries are meeting in a secret location in Sydney from August 20 for their fourth set of talks to see if the TPP can be revived without the US. They aim to complete talks by November this year. ... More >>

Trade Agreement Allows Queensland Procurement Policy

Monday, 14 August 2017, 12:29 pm | AFTINET

“Trade Minister Ciobo is wrong to suggest that the Queensland government procurement policy to give preference to small local suppliers contradicts Australia’s current trade agreements. All of these agreements have exceptions which allow some preference ... More >>

No legislation before WTO procurement negotiations finished

Monday, 7 August 2017, 3:13 pm | AFTINET

“The Australian Fair Trade network of community groups condemns the attempt by the Coalition government to rush through implementing legislation for the WTO Government Procurement Agreement before the negotiations are even finished. This is like signing ... More >>

Cold reception to RCEP as People’s Resistance consolidates

Monday, 24 July 2017, 10:18 am | AFTINET

“The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network strongly supports the community mobilisation taking place in India on July 24 to challenge TPP-like corporate proposals in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership,” said AFTINET Convenor Dr Patricia ... More >>

Govt should release Philip Morris plain packaging case costs

Monday, 10 July 2017, 4:02 pm | AFTINET

Government should release Philip Morris plain packaging case costs says Fair Trade group “We welcome the international tribunal decision that Philip Morris tobacco company should pay the costs of its failed case against Australia’s 2011 plain ... More >>

Pacific trade deal weakened by Fiji, PNG, Vanuatu withdrawl

Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 11:44 am | AFTINET

“ Vanuatu’s decision to join Fiji and Papua New Guinea to boycott the signing tomorrow of the PACER-Plus trade deal between Australia, New Zealand and now only 11 Pacific island countries shows there are serious weaknesses in the agreement because ... More >>



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