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[Hong Kong] Tobacco giant sues Australia

More than $50 million of taxpayer money is expected to go up in smoke defending cigarette plain packaging in a secretive international tribunal. But costs will pile up if Australia loses on its first defence that Philip Morris indulged in cynical “venue
West Australian (au)
added Jul 27, 2015 15:54

[Australia, Malaysia] The Trans-Pacific Partnership issues in-depth

U.S. trade officials proposed to address the issue within the TPP by agreeing that measures taken to protect human, animal or plant life or health would not violate the agreement as long as they not disguised trade barriers. Washington also proposed requi
added Jul 27, 2015 11:23

[Asia-pacific, Australia] PROWSE: No, the TPP Does Not Threaten State Sovereignty

the Hong Kong Agreement does not include explicit ISDS safeguards, which have been written into Australia’s more recent agreements....strengthens the point that strong ISDS provisions need to be written into investment treaties and agreements.
The Diplomat (jp)
added Jul 27, 2015 11:08

[Asia-pacific, Australia, USA] Alcohol, junk food next plain packaging targets, lawyer warns

Herbert Smith Freehills taking on the World Trade Organisation on behalf of British American Tobacco over plain packaging and warning labels on tobacco packaging, has told Fairfax Media that tobacco is often the "canary in the coal mine" for changes
Sydney Morning Herald (au)
added Jul 27, 2015 10:59

[Asia-pacific, Australia, Uruguay] Critics fear Pacific trade deal favours big business over states

The case, and broader concerns about ISDS processes, saw Australia's top judge Chief Justice Robert French warn last year that claims tribunals could undermine domestic legal jurisdictions. Philip Morris' suing of Uruguay after the country ordered that th
AFP - Agence France Presse (fr)
added Jul 27, 2015 10:01

[Asia-pacific, Australia] ISDS: The devil in the trade deal

ISDS, a provision in trade agreements that allows foreign investors to sue host governments, has become a ticking time bomb...This other court was an international ISDS tribunal, and Philip Morris was suing the Australian government for what it said was
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (au)
added Jul 26, 2015 07:29

[Asia-pacific, Australia, New Zealand] TPPA’s Effect On Public Health: Tobacco and Alcohol

Other policies...banning the use of terms like ‘mild’, ‘smooth’, ‘fine'; controlling the use of flavours...factories, distibution chains and intellectual property rights would be ‘protected investments’ who could also sue; advertisers, duty free stores, r
It's Our Future (nz)
added Jul 26, 2015 06:29

[Asia-pacific, Australia, New Zealand] Would TPP allow a ban on foreign home buyers? Groser speaks

Australia being sued by ‘Big Tobacco’ over plain packaging. Minister, why are we even looking at a deal that includes these things?...They are well-drafted provisions. We’ve got experts advising us, and I’m certain that they will provide policy space for
National Business Review (nz)
added Jul 26, 2015 06:15

[Asia, Pakistan, UK] HEALTH MINISTER’S ‘SURRENDER’ SURPRISES, TOBACCO CONTROL ADVOCATES Withdrawal of 85pc pictorial health warning

industry’s representatives in a high-level meeting not only got extended the deadline for one more month...they ‘convinced’ the well-intentioned health minister that the GHWs would only reduce the government revenues and lead to increase in smuggled cigar
Pakistan Observer (pk)
added Jul 26, 2015 05:58

[Australia, UK-Scotland] LETTER: RIDGWAY: Illicit tobacco

Sheila Duffy...distorted the situation in the introduction has been a success...this is totally incorrect... llicit trade and Ash’s desire to tax tobacco virtually out of existence will play directly into the hands of the criminals.
The Scotsman (uk)
added Jul 25, 2015 21:14
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