Use the form on the right to make a submission to the Senate on "investor state dispute settlement" (ISDS), or secret courts under trade deals like the TPP that would allow corporations to sue our government.

Personal messages are the most effective, but here's some points you might like to incorporate:
  • ISDS gives companies and investors many more rights than they would have under national law - it makes them more powerful
  • Recently, lots of ISDS cases have been brought to try and stop new laws to protect the environment or public health - such as when Philip Morris sued because a government was introduced regulations about tobacco advertising and packaging - and that puts governments off making rules we need
  • The cases cost millions and millions of dollars to fight, which might put government off making controversial rules in the first place
  • The tribunals where these cases are heard aren’t like domestic courts: they happen in secret, and the judges can also act as advocates - plus there’s no appeal system
  • The “safeguards” some governments claim can limit the bad effects of ISDS don’t seem to be working in lots of cases
  • Lots of governments are starting with withdraw from ISDS - meaning the Australian government would be bucking an international trend

Learn more:

UN Committee on Trade and Development Briefing on ISDS, UNCTAD, May 2013. 

OCED Report on ISDS compared to national courts, OCED, December 2012

Use the form on the right to make a submission to the Senate on "investor state dispute settlement" (ISDS), or secret courts under trade deals like the TPP that would allow corporations to sue our government.

Personal messages are the most effective, but here's some points you might like to incorporate:
  • ISDS gives companies and investors many more rights than they would have under national law - it makes them more powerful
  • Recently, lots of ISDS cases have been brought to try and stop new laws to protect the environment or public health - such as when Philip Morris sued because a government was introduced regulations about tobacco advertising and packaging - and that puts governments off making rules we need
  • The cases cost millions and millions of dollars to fight, which might put government off making controversial rules in the first place

Tell the Senate to stop secret corporate courts

Use the box below to submit your message. Be personal, but don't forget to say why you oppose "investor state dispute settlement" under the TPP and other trade deals.

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