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Queensland Nationals threaten revolt if TPP is sugar-free
Queensland Nationals MPs will refuse to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement unless it opens up significant new ­export opportunities for the Australian sugar industry.
[Planet Money] Trade deal confidential
Right now hundreds of trade negotiators are preparing for battle over the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. The text of that agreement is locked in a top-secret room in the basement of the Capitol and won’t be released to the public until the deal is done.
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TAIHOA to TPPA - application for urgent Treaty hearing
A group of esteemed Māori leaders and academics, including Dr Papaarangi Reid, Moana Jackson, Rikirangi Gage, Angeline Greensill, Hone Harawira and Moana Maniapoto have filed a claim and application for urgent hearing today in the Waitangi Tribunal.
TPP’s fate rests with Japan, U.S.
Now that Congress has granted President Barack Obama the power to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement without interference, attention will be focused on whether he can take advantage of the reinvigorated talks to seal both the deal and his legacy before his departure in 2017.
Bringing community perspectives to investor-state arbitration: the Pac Rim case
Civil society organisations can play an important role in carrying and strengthening community voices in arbitration processes, by making submissions to arbitral tribunals.
Calls for reform in Thai-Aust trade pact
Thailand faces pressure to open its highly protected dairy and beef markets to Australian exporters under the decades-old Thai-Australia free trade pact.
Malaysia’s stand on TPPA not finalised, says Mustapa
"We will wait for the cost-benefit analysis on the TPPA, which is expected to be completed in the next few weeks, and will then lean on Parliament to determine the country’s participation in it," Malaysia trade minister says.
Vietnamese firms unenthusiastic about FTA with South Korea
While the government hopes the free trade agreement with South Korea will bring benefits to Vietnam, businesses fear it will bring them more losses than gains.
China-Australia FTA - the devil in the detail
While the legal text of the China-Australia FTA (ChAFTA) was signed last week, the investment legal framework will be reviewed within the next three years with a view to commencing negotiations for a comprehensive Investment Chapter to be included in ChAFTA.
Can free trade agreements be consistent with climate change mitigation?
Free trade agreements could elevate the rights of possession of fossil fuel resources above that of mitigating climate change.
Confirmed: Philippines wants to join TPP
The Philippines is committed to joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the country’s trade chief confirmed Wednesday morning in the clearest declaration made to date on the issue.
US Congress passes anti-BDS legislation, key trade bill
The so-called trade promotion authority bill passed by Congress requires US negotiators to make the rejection of the BDS campaign a principal trade objective in negotiations with the European Union.
Australian rural real estate agents target Chinese buyers
Rural real estate agents in Australia are taking advantage of the recent free trade agreement (FTA) between Australia and China by increasing farm sales to Chinese buyers.
US Senate approves ’fast-track’ trade bill
The US Senate on Wednesday approved a so-called fast-track trade bill that empowers the president to negotiate trade deals, media reported on Thursday.
Parliament’s trade committee to vote on TTIP Monday
The European Parliament on Monday will again struggle to advance the giant EU-US trade deal, after a compromise blew up between the two legislature’s biggest political parties in early June.
Analysis: OceanaGold vs El Salvador: Foreshadowing ’trade’ under the TPP?
The Central American country of El Salvador could be forced to pay US$301 million to Canadian-Australian mining multinational OceanaGold as the two face off in a World Bank investor-state tribunal with proven tendency to favor corporate interests over arguments for protecting national sovereignty, the environment, and human rights.
Cut NHS from trade deal say doctors
Doctors attending the British Medical Association’s (BMA) annual representative meeting in Liverpool have voted overwhelmingly to urge the Government to remove health and social care services from a controversial trade agreement between the EU and US
TPPA: Human rights experts identify human rights risks
Prominent human rights voices in Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement countries have sounded the alarm on Human Rights implications of the agreement.
Canada-EU trade deal would hinder policies to address climate change
The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) would worsen climate change, explains Brent Patterson.