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Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement: a threat to democracy, society and the environment

Under the guise of a proposed international trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, foreign corporations could soon threaten the right of national governments to make their own laws. Australia is a member of the 12 country TPP negotiating group where national sovereignty over issues like working conditions, food labelling, healthcare and environmental protection could be exchanged for the promise of better access to overseas markets.

TPP negotiations are being held in secret, but leaked documents have revealed some of the alarming ambitions of the corporations.

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The Critically Endangered Species File:  Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat

It’s hard to miss the irony that the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat’s demise and possible salvation have been largely shaped by the agricultural and mining industries. The current tussle between these two, to win the hearts of the public as caring, sharing and environmentally conscious, and their tenacious claims to the natural resources that drive their relentless pursuit of the bottom line, may in the end be a side show to the climatic change that could easily wipe yet another mammal off the face of the Australian Continent.

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Martin Winiecki

Martin Winiecki was born in 1990. Since his early youth he has been politically engaged in his hometown of Dresden, Germany. From 2006 to 2009 he was a student in the peace education in Tamera, Portugal and has been a co-worker of the project ever since. Since 2009 he has been part of the Institute for Global Peace Work in

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Harry Oshman

Harry started out with German as his first language, learned basic English, then gave up on words before he was ten and switched over to the schematical hieroglyphic language of feedback systems in electronics as a form of personal expression. It did land him a short career, but he was rendered obsolete by technological change. Now he has returned to

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Geoff Mosley

Geoff Mosley (BA (Hons), MA, PhD) has been a conservationist for over 60 years. In 1966, at ANU, he gave the first Australian year-long university course on conservation. From 1973 to 1986 he was the CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation, and from 1981 to 1988 he represented Australasia and Oceania on the World Conservation Union Council.  Geoff is the

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Rafaele Joudry

Rafaele Joudry, has spent several years in the environment movement and was a Non Violent Action trainer at the Franklin Blockade in 1983. She then worked as a community developer before starting her own natural health business, which she has run for the last 25 years. She also holds a Masters in Psychology. Rafaele is in the process of relocating

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Cory Morningstar

Cory Morningstar is an independent investigative journalist, writer and environmental activist, focusing on global ecological collapse and political analysis of the non-profit industrial complex. She resides in Canada. Her recent writings can be found on Wrong Kind of Green, The Art of Annihilation, Political Context,Counterpunch, Canadians for Action on Climate Change and Countercurrents. Her writing has also been published by Bolivia

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Sarah Moles

Sarah Moles trained as a photographer but has spent most of the last 20 years representing conservation interests in water and natural resources issues in the Murray-Darling and Great Artesian Basins. She lives on a small property on the Darling Downs. Sarah is the author of The Dying Darling, and a director of the Lock the Gate Alliance. Web: Twitter:

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Sue Cooke

Sue Cooke is a concerned citizen and health professional working for climate action. She is an occasional lecturer on climate change and public health. Sue is also one of the Brisbane-based volunteer organisers of the Australian Climate Action Summit, the annual summit of Australia’s burgeoning climate movement. Web: Twitter: ClimateSummitAU Facebook: Australian Climate Action Summit

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Sally Stead

Sally Stead is a business student from Melbourne currently volunteering with the Open Food Network team, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to healthy organic food for consumers and sustainable livelihoods for farmers. Sally is passionate about food – especially that which is sustainable, tasty and fresh! Web: Twitter: @OpenFoodNet Facebook: Open Food Network

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