Right now the Australian Government is rushing three dangerous trade deals through Parliament that will put corporate rights before women and their communities.
Negotiations for these trade deals with the Governments of Indonesia, Hong Kong and Peru happened behind closed doors – with no oversight and no independent assessment on how these deals will impact women.
The worst part? These deals will also allow corporations to sue the Australian Government when they regulate to protect the interests of women, their communities and our planet.
The Labor Party has given their support, which means the Coalition now has a majority to green light these dodgy deals.
But this deal is not done. And we need your help to try to stop it.
Sources tell us that Labor is internally divided over trade. We have a chance to push Labor to back down – but we need you to help generate a huge public outcry.
Sign the petition now to urge Labor to put women’s rights over corporate rights.
How does trade impact women's rights?
Reduced access to decent work and public services
Trade deals like the ones struck with the Governments of Hong Kong, Indonesia and Peru encourage governments to privatise essential public services like schools and hospitals – disproportionately impacting women in low-income countries.
These trade deals will also open land and agriculture to global corporations. Women in low-income countries, who often work on small subsistence farms and don't own land, will lose their livelihoods.
How will trade deals allow corporations to sue Governments?
These trade deals include an investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, which gives special rights to global corporations to sue governments for policies which prioritise women, our communities and the planet over profits. This could be increases to the minimum wage or programmes to increase the participation of women and First Nations peoples.
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