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Australia needs agreements like the TPP to counter protectionism. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Ratifying the TPP may be tough, but Australia needs it

The Trans-Pacific Partnership may not be a done deal, but Australia cannot avoid the realities of the cut-throat business of international capital, trade and investment.
Leaked details around a investor-state dispute settlement clause in a major free trade agreement have sparked debate. AAP Image/NewZulu/Peter Boyle

Investor rights to sue governments pose real dangers

Despite arguments that a controversial clause in the Transpacific Partnership will not affect sovereignty, governments would be foolish to agreeing to it.
Despite assurances from Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb, the TPP could negatively affect Australian health policy. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Leaked TPP investment chapter shows risks to Australia’s health

The latest part of the TPP to be leaked is its investment chapter. And like almost everything we know about the secretive negotiations for the agreement, it provides plenty of cause for concern.
Secrecy around investor state dispute settlement clauses in the Transpacific Partnership has stoked concerns. AAP Image/NewZulu/Peter Boyle

Sovereign risk fears around TPP are overblown

The secrecy around negotiations of the Transpacific Partnership have been painted as sinister. But could the reasons be about practicality?

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