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Global Civil Society Demands Access To Vaccines And Broader Reforms

Wednesday, 29 September 2021, 3:54 pm | AFTINET

As the COVID pandemic continues to devastate low-income countries, 206 major civil society groups have called on the World Trade Organization (WTO) to change WTO rules for monopolies on vaccines that result in “vaccine apartheid”, and to work towards ... More >>

Community Organisations Welcome Trade Minister’s Support To Waive Monopolies On COVID-19 Vaccines

Wednesday, 8 September 2021, 6:49 pm | AFTINET

Community organisations welcome Trade Minister’s support to waive monopolies on COVID-19 vaccines, urge more action at meetings in India and WTO Representatives of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET), the Australian Catholic ... More >>

JSCOT Committee report on RCEP supports implementation

Wednesday, 1 September 2021, 11:59 am | AFTINET

The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) has released its Report 196 on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) between Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, South Korea and the 10 ASEAN countries including Myanmar and the Philippines. More >>

AFTINET Welcomes Committee Recommendations For Small Changes In The Trade Agreement Process, But More Needed

Thursday, 26 August 2021, 7:36 pm | AFTINET

The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) has finally released its Report 193 on the trade agreement process in Australia, 12 months after public hearings were completed. “We welcome the Report’s modest recommendations in the direction ... More >>

New Poll Shows Most Australians Support Change To Trade Rules For Fair Access To Vaccines For Low-income Countries

Friday, 16 July 2021, 12:16 pm | AFTINET

An Essential Media poll released today shows that 62 per cent of Australians believe the Australian government should support the effort to temporarily waive World Trade Organisation patent rules for COVID-19 vaccines to enable quicker and fairer access ... More >>

New Poll Shows Most Australians Support Change To Trade Rules For Fair Access To Vaccines For Low-income Countries

Thursday, 15 July 2021, 12:35 pm | AFTINET

An Essential Media poll released today shows that 62 per cent of Australians believe the Australian government should support the effort to temporarily waive World Trade Organisation patent rules for COVID-19 vaccines to enable quicker and fairer access ... More >>

New Poll Shows Most Australians Support Change To Trade Rules For Fair Access To Vaccines For Low-income Countries

Thursday, 15 July 2021, 9:20 am | AFTINET

An Essential Media poll released today shows that 62 per cent of Australians believe the Australian government should support the effort to temporarily waive World Trade Organisation patent rules for COVID-19 vaccines to enable quicker and fairer access ... More >>

Publication Of Australia-UK FTA Agreement In Principle And Exclusion Of ISDS Welcomed, But Still Much We Don’t Know

Friday, 18 June 2021, 1:30 pm | AFTINET

“We welcome the fact that the Australian and UK governments have responded to community concerns about secrecy and yesterday published the Agreement in-Principle (AIP) for the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement,” Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Convenor, ... More >>

UK Australia FTA Announcement Hides Possible Nasties On Corporate Rights And Medicine Monopolies In Secret Deal

Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 5:41 am | AFTINET

“The announcement of ‘in-principle’ agreement for an Australia UK free trade agreement continues the unacceptable government secrecy about the details of the agreement,” Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Convenor said today. “The negotiations ... More >>

50,000 Australians Come Out In Support Of Trips Waiver

Monday, 7 June 2021, 4:35 pm | AFTINET

Ahead of the WTO TRIPS Council meeting, a group of civil society organisations including Amnesty International Australia, GetUp!, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, AFTINET, Public Services International and the Humanism Project ... More >>

45,000 Petitioners Urge Australia To Back TRIPS Waiver To Ensure Fair Global Access To Vaccines

Monday, 7 June 2021, 3:48 pm | AFTINET

Ahead of the WTO TRIPS Council meeting, a group of civil society organisations including Amnesty International Australia, GetUp!, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, AFTINET, Public Services International and the Humanism Project ... More >>

Final UK FTA Talks On Corporate Rights To Sue Governments Alarm Community Groups

Monday, 31 May 2021, 2:38 pm | AFTINET

“The British Trade Minister has confirmed that corporate rights to sue governments are being discussed in the final negotiations for the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement before an announcement at the G7 meeting in the UK on June 11-13. This is unacceptable ... More >>

RCEP Trade Deal Could Impede Post-COVID Local Industry Recovery And Ignores Labour Rights And Environmental Standards

Saturday, 14 November 2020, 2:59 pm | AFTINET

“The giant RCEP trade deal will be signed tomorrow by Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, South Korea and the 10 ASEAN countries (but without India) with great fanfare about its claimed economic benefits. But the deal was completed before the ... More >>

RCEP Will Undermine Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 7:01 pm | AFTINET

ASIAN GROUPS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE HALT TO SECRET NEGOTIATIONS In an online press conference held today, trade unions and civil society organisations from the Asia Pacific have urgently demanded a halt to secret trade negotiations on Regional Comprehensive Economic ... More >>

400 Community Groups Call On World Trade Organization To Focus On Life-saving Medical Supplies

Friday, 1 May 2020, 12:50 pm | AFTINET

“AFTINET is among 400 organizations, including global and national union federations, development advocates, women’s groups, public health, consumer and environmental groups representing millions of people from 163 countries that have endorsed a letter ... More >>

Trade deals putting corporates before people and environment

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 2:21 pm | AFTINET

Community groups representing millions say trade deals with Indonesia, Hong Kong and Peru put corporate rights before people and environment and urge Labor and cross-bench to oppose them More >>

Ban of investor rights to sue govts in giant RCEP trade deal

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 1:50 pm | AFTINET

“Community groups welcome the reports of a statement by the Malaysian Trade Minister Datuk Darell Leiking that Malaysia and other governments have succeeded in excluding foreign investor rights to sue governments (Investor-State Dispute Settlement or ... More >>

Hong Kong FTA would still allow foreign investors to sue Aus

Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 5:07 pm | AFTINET

“The Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement and separate Investment Agreement signed today still give special rights to foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in international tribunals if they can ... More >>

Labor should reject harmful clauses, says AFTINET

Monday, 4 March 2019, 3:03 pm | AFTINET

Indonesia FTA: Labor should reject harmful clauses, says AFTINET More >>

Peru FTA is first test of Labor's new trade policy

Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 5:29 pm | AFTINET

Peru FTA is first test of Labor's new trade policy and should be opposed says AFTINET More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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