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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 email@example.com