Rally to stop the TPP

The National Parliamentary inquiry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal between Australia, the US and 10 other Pacific Rim countries will be in Sydney on Monday September 26. The Inquiry is holding public hearings and will report before Parliament votes on the TPP implementing legislation later this year. The government does not have a majority […]

Small financial transactions tax could solve enormous hospital funding crisis

Pressure is mounting on the federal government to provide a long-term strategy to manage the country’s hospital funding crisis after states rejected the government’s latest iteration of tax policy. The delay is forcing NSW public hospitals to consider unsustainable short-term fixes in the meantime, such as private partnerships, to cope with increasing hospital admissions and […]

New trade agreement could cause further climate damage

Public Services International (PSI) comments on the newly released TiSA text that limits state control over natural resources. As Heads of State prepare to negotiate an international accord in Paris against global warming, their trade negotiators are meeting in Geneva to secretly forge a new free trade agreement that could expand fossil fuels’ exploitation and […]

Report shows tax avoidance by US multinationals costing Australia

A group of Australian public sector trade unions have welcomed a new report, released in Europe overnight, which highlights the need for governments around the globe to urgently address international corporate tax system loopholes. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), Community and Public Sector Union – State Public […]

AFTINET: Cancer patient arrested at TPP negotiations in US

On September 30, in Atlanta, Georgia, cancer patient Zahara Heckscher was arrested after disrupting the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in a protest aimed at maintaining access to affordable cancer medicines in the 12 countries affected by the trade treaty. Heckscher, in a t-shirt reading “I have cancer. I can’t wait 8 years”, and holding […]

Open letter urges Trade Minister to act in good health over TPP

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has signed an open letter, urging the Federal Trade Minister Andrew Robb to defend the healthcare interests of all Australians against the vested interests of multinationals pushing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Minister Robb has travelled to Atlanta, United States this week in the hope of finalising negotiations […]

Nurses and midwives want no GST on health!

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has called on the Federal Government to rule out the possibility of extending the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to healthcare in Australia. This morning members of the NSWNMA gathered outside the Tax Reform Summit, underway at the InterContinental Sydney, to urge Ministers, Premiers, business leaders, economists, financial […]

Bring the Robin Hood tax to Australia

  The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation of South Australia has launched a Robin Hood tax campaign with Professor Barry Burgan, who authored the paper ‘Funding a viable and effective health sector in Australia’ in conjunction with the ANMF. Read the full report here.  

ALP super policy a step in the right direction

Australian Unions welcome the Labor Party’s superannuation policy as a step in the right direction and urge both major parties to do more to increase the retirement saving of lower income earners. There is a growing consensus that present tax settings are failing millions of workers and families who deserve a decent standard of living […]

Government must withdraw from TPP trade talks

Australian Unions are calling for the federal government to stop negotiations on the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. A public forum at NSW Parliament House today will discuss details from leaked documents confirming proposals that could result in higher medicine prices and special rights for foreign companies to sue government over changes in laws […]

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