Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Community Meeting

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Community discussion with Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson re TPP and ISDS

When: Tuesday 15 April, 6pm to 7pm. Drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm.

Where: Office of Greens Senator Penny Wright, Level 3, 27 Leigh Street, Adelaide

Leaked chapters from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations and the recent Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, provide clear and chilling examples of how new modern trade agreements can have influence over significant areas of public interest and importance.

The Abbott Government supports ‘Trojan Horse’ provisions commonly called Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses in current trade negotiations. Even former Prime Minister John Howard did not support ISDS in the last US Free Trade Agreement. ISDS provisions open a can of worms, and allows foreign investors to sue governments if their investments are ‘harmed’ by a national, state or local policy or law. We know from ISDS clauses in other so-called FTAs this mechanism could;

• Put at risk affordable medicines and Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

• Attack moves to tighten rules on foreign investment in agricultural land and water

• Prevent moratoriums on genetically modified organisms and coal seam gas extraction

• Attack environment laws and legislation designed to address climate change; and

• Remove county or region of origin food labelling.

Please RSVP to Emma.Gorman@aph.gov.au by 5pm Monday 14 April if you would like to take part in this important discussion.

The Fair Food Adelaide Collective is continuing the campaign against the TPP, if you would like to be involved please contact us at adelaide.office@foe.org.au

Why a GM-free SA? Facts and fairness forum

Sunday 30 March, 2014

Doors open 6.00PM, Talks start 6.30PM

Venue: The Market Shed 1 Holland St, Adelaide

FREE

What’s on your plate? Are you eating Genetically Modified Food?

Local and international experts will present information on the global issue of Genetically Modified

Food – what it is, how it affects the environment and agriculture, and its impact on our health and

wellbeing. With personal video presentations sent for SA from:

International experts:

Dr Vandana Shiva, world-renowned Indian scientist, author of more than 20 books, advocate for agro-ecology and GM-free farming systems, and board member of the International Forum on Globalization.

Jeffrey Smith, pre-eminent US communicator on the dangers of GM crops and foods, and GM-free advocate. Author of ‘Seeds of Deception’ and ‘Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods’. Founder and Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology.

Local Guest Speaker:

Jim Mitchell, SA Genetic Food Information Network (SAGFIN) www.sagfin.org.au Jim has 35 years experience and active involvement with environmental and health matters. His presentation is: GM Myths and Truths.

Evening format:

1 hr of videos, ½ hr break, then local speaker gives 25 min talk and a Q& A. Finish: by 9.00PM.

We recommend an early dinner or bring along a sandwich. The evening is informal.

Q & A Feel free to bring your questions for the Q&A at the end.

Tea, coffee, cake available for sale – from 6.00PM and during the break

Seating is limited, so please BYO folding chair, in case.

Donations are welcome and will help spread the message.

Co-presented by Food Matters Onkaparinga, SA Genetic Food Information Network (SAGFIN), Green Light Network and the Regional Food Industry Association.

Co-presented by Food Matters Onkaparinga, SA Genetic Food Information Network (SAGFIN), Green Light Network and the Regional Food Industry Association.

Note: this event is a replacement for the cancelled UniSA event scheduled for March 5th with the Hawke Centre.…

Radioactive Exposure Tour April 2014

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12 to 27 April 2014 to the heart of the nuclear industry and back!

Since the 1980s, the “Rad Tour” has taken thousands of people to the heart of the Australian nuclear industry, exposing the realities of “radioactive racism” and the environmental impacts of uranium mining.

In 2014, we’re going all the way to the NT to meet and support the Traditional Owners resisting a radioactive waste dump on their country. The Muckaty mob have been fighting the dump for over 7 years and are taking their challenge to the Federal Court in June 2014.

Travelling from Melbourne we’ll stop in Adelaide and Port Augusta, to meet some of the women involved in the Irati Wanti campaign and the Gugada Tent Embassy. At Woomera we’ll hear a history of the British atomic tests of the 50s and 60s from nuclear veteran and whistleblower Avon Hudson. We’ll travel through Kokatha and Arabunna country, visit the Olympic Dam uranium mine and spend time with Arabunna elder Uncle Kevin Buzzacott.

We’ll witness sunset over Lake Eyre and the unique and fragile ecosystems of the Mound Springs, which have been devastated by the colossal water usage of the Olympic Dam mine. As we continue north to Alice Springs we’ll stop by Pine Gap to consider the Australian government’s complicity in the US war-machine and the outdated notion of “extended nuclear deterrence”. We’ll meet more inspiring people with a long history opposing the nuclear industry and the NT Intervention in Alice Springs before continuing to Tennant Creek to support the Muckaty mob in their struggle against a radioactive waste dump.

Along the way participants will get to experience affinity groups, desert camping, vegetarian cooking and a temporary community. Not to mention some of the most stunning and ecologically significant environments in Australia. The 2014 Tour is longer than usual to account for the extra distance.…

Successful ANFA 2013 conference

The 2013 meeting of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) was successfully held on the weekend of October 25-27 on the land of the Peramangk people in the Adelaide Hills. The Alliance brought together Aboriginal people, environment and health groups and trade union representatives concerned about uranium and nuclear projects.

ANFA 2013

Thank you to attendees from the Aboriginal nations and NGOs from around Australia. A huge thank you to the wonderful volunteers who made the conference possible.  A full report is at the ANFA Website

Political forum on Premium Clean Food in SA 12 March 2014

An election forum on party food policies and plans. Candidates will each present their party’s policies on this topic, followed by a panel discussion and audience questions.  Information on premium food and wine from our clean environment – one of the seven Strategic Priorities for SA.

Panelists include The Hon. Gail Gago MLC, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, The Hon. Mark Parnell MLC, Parliamentary Leader of the SA Greens, The Hon. David Ridgway MLC, Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Primary Industries and the Environment.

Wednesday 12 March 2014, 6.30pm for 7pm start (finish approx 8.30pm) Bradley Forum, Hawke Building Level 5, UniSA City West campus

More information and Register for this FREE event

Proudly supported by Food Matters Onkaparinga, Adjust Earth, SA Genetic Food Information Network, the Regional Food Industry Association and Friends of the Earth Adelaide