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Only two more days for submissions to the ISDS bill, and upcoming TPP events including May Day
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Dear Supporters,

You may have heard the good news already - the recently announced Free Trade Agreement with Japan does not include the right for foreign investors to sue our government (ISDS)! Thanks to all of you who sent  messages to the Trade Minister as part of our campaign.

AFTINET's convener, Dr Patricia Ranald, has written a piece for The Drum which explains why this is so important, and outlines our concerns about the secrecy of the agreement.

Meanwhile, we are continuing our campaign around the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and against ISDS provisions in all trade agreements. See a list of upcoming events below.

Submissions to the Bill to ban ISDS in Australia close on Friday

Submissions to the Trade and Foreign Investment (Protecting the Public Interest) Act 2014 close on the 11th of April (this Friday). This bill aims to protect Australian laws by banning ISDS provisions in all future trade agreements. We are encouraging all our supporters to make a submission. For more information see our summary of points in support of the Bill. Please note that since this summary was published UNCTAD has released their latest report on ISDS, which you can find here.

Upcoming Events in NSW

 
April 29: Public meeting in Sutherland for a Fair Deal or No Deal in the TPP
6.30pm at the Multi-Purpose Centre, 123 Flora Street, Sutherland
Speakers include Jemma Williams (AFTINET), Isabel McIntosh (Lock the Gate Alliance) & Michael Whaites (NSW Nurses and Midwives Association).
This event is supported by AFTINET and the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre. For more information and to RSVP, contact Phil Smith on 0412 338 687 or see the event Facebook page.


May 4: May Day March in Sydney
11am at Parliament house, Macquarie Street
AFTINET is organising a TPP group at the May Day March in Sydney. Please bring along your TPP banners and signs and join us in handing out fliers. Look for the green and white AFTINET sign.

May 7: Crows Nest Forum on the TPP
7pm, at Crows Nest Community Centre, 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest
Speakers: Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Greens Spokesperson on Trade, and Jemma Williams from AFTINET.
This event is being organised by the Lower North Shore Greens. Please contact greenstppforum@outlook.com for more information

If you don't live in NSW, please email campaign@aftinet.org.au for information about getting involved in your state.
 
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