Protesters Of The Trans Pacific Partnership

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Protesters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) who 've barely furled their banners now face a more pervasive and extremely exploitative free trade assault called the “Trade in Services Agreement” (TiSA)

TiSA is a commercial treaty, one which seeks to dictate to and therefore profit from democratically nominated governments & their people, Tiny parts of TiSA like the ability to dictate the operational practices of all State-owned enterprise (SOE) will force SOEs to behave like a corporation instead of an asset owned by and for the benefit of the Australian people.

How well it 's worked in the past.

The previous now finalised agreement with the USA (AusFTA), ratified by the Howard Government in only 12 months (a precedent)
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Yet in 2015 John Howard had this to say to the ABC about his trade deal “Former Prime Minister John Howard says he looks back on the Australia-USA free trade agreement with "real satisfaction", even as a former US trade negotiator acknowledges it was "terrible" that Australian sugar lost out so badly under the deal”.

So why are governments so eager to sign these trade deals when they know in the near future it will prove detrimental? Free trade agreements make a government look decisive & innovative, it makes them appear to be doing something and it gives them a false positive to crow about for future elections.

SOE in the TPP and “Chapter 17”

After almost a decade of negotiations TPP parties reluctantly ceded to US pressure to agree to the controversial “Chapter 17” which affords parties in the TPP the right to demand operational information & also challenge operational aspects of SOEs.
The government glossy on the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) website has information that implies the intent is to safeguard “Australian businesses that are competing in or seeking to enter the relevant market” “from unfair advantages from the governments that own them”
They are making sure no government SOE can have subsidies, grants, below rate loans, government backed guarantees or debt forgiveness as this could be deemed as an unfair advantage over the
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