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Greens act to expose threats to Australians after damning leak of secret trade deal document

Delivering free trade deals are a top priority for the Abbott government and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) currently being negotiated is the biggest free trade deal in this country’s history, impacting all walks of Australian life.  The Australian Greens stated it is likely to also turn into this government’s biggest headache. 

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Australians have a right to know what is being traded away

The Federal Government must protect the civil liberties, health, and welfare of Australians in its negotiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, the Australian Greens urged today.

A Greens motion in the Senate calling on the Government to make the TPPA negotiations available to the public and to support measures protecting Australian sovereignty and the rights of Australian residents was defeated by the Government and Opposition voting together.

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Aun San Suu Kyi finally in Burma’s parliament, but struggle for democracy in Burma far from over – Greens

Scott Ludlam 3 May 2012

 

The Australian Greens have welcomed Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's long-overdue entry into parliament but urged the Australian Government and international community to remain vigilant on human rights in Burma.

Greens Burma spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the by-elections that brought Aung San Suu Kyi and other National League for Democracy members into parliament elected only 45 of a possible 664 seats in Burma's legislature.

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