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Greens to introduce Bill to protect Australia from dodgy trade deals

Trade deals should not be able to include clauses that allow foreign companies to sue the Australian Government for legislative changes, known as ISDS clauses, the Australian Greens have said.

The Greens Finance and Trade spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, has announced that she will introduce a Bill into the Senate that would disallow any ISDS clauses from future trade negotiations.

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Time to leave the TPP, not Australian community, in the dust

Future trade deals need to hold every day Australians at their centre, not just corporations, Australian Greens Trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today, following reports of Trade Minister Steven Ciobo trying to revive the dodgy Trans Pacific Partnership.

“Trade deals need people, not corporations, at their core. The mark was missed with the TPP and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership when corporations took the wheel and left Australians in the dust,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

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Labor must end the games on TPP

Labor must end the cat and mouse game over the TTP, the Australian Greens have said today, calling on the Opposition to clarify how they will vote when implementing legislation is presented to Parliament. 

"Labor needs to stop the double speak on the TTP and commit to voting the dodgy trade deal down when it reaches the Senate," the Australian Greens Trade spokesperson Sarah Hanson-Young said. 

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Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee

I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon, move: That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 7 February 2017: The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, with particular reference to the impact of the agreement on:

(a) Australia's economy and trade;

(b) Australia's domestic labour market testing obligations and laws regarding wages, conditions and entitlements of Australian workers and temporary work visa holders;

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Red-letter day in fight against warming

Today will be a great day for Australians who have waited years for their government to take our warming planet seriously.

After years of talk and a few backward steps, the Senate will pass a suite of legislation that will put a price on pollution from July next year.

Australians - who in 2007 and 2010 voted for politicians to back widespread community support for taking action - will be able to finally say that most of their elected representatives listened and acted.

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River to suffer from delays to Murray Darling plan

The Australian Greens are concerned by yet another delay in releasing the draft report by the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

"We have been concerned that some states would continue to play games and veto elements of the draft plan they did not like," Greens' water and Murray Darling basin spokesperson, Sen. Hanson-Young, said today.

"It appears that's what's happened with this latest delay.

"Ultimately these obstacles will mean that the river system suffers.

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Save and expand foreign aid

This month the world is learning about the ongoing famine in the Horn of Africa, where about 12 million people have been hit by the worst drought in almost 60 years. Australia has pledged more than $11 million in aid. It's heart-wrenching to see malnourished children in refugee camps in Kenya with tubes in their noses to feed them because their hungry mothers cannot.

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