Reaction to TISA documents leaked by Wikileaks in June(s) 2014 and 2015.

This is a list of articles and video generated in response to documents leaked by Wikileaks in June 2014 and June 2015.

A Plan Only Banksters Will Love: WikiLeaks Reveals Trade Deal Pushing Global Financial Deregulation.

Published on Jun 20, 2014

The pro-transparency group WikiLeaks has released the secret draft text for the Trade in Services Agreement, TISA, a trade agreement covering 50 countries and more than 68 percent of world trade in service. Until now, the draft has been classified to keep it clandestine not only during the negotiations but also for five years post-enactment.

PSI Special Report: TISA versus Public Services.

Public Services International 28 April 2014

A new report by Public Services International (PSI) warns that governments are planning to take the world on a liberalisation spree on a scale never seen before. According to the report, this massive trade deal will put public healthcare, broadcasting, water, transport and other services at risk. The proposed deal could make it impossible for future governments to restore public services to public control, even in cases where private service delivery has failed. It would also restrict a government’s ability to regulate key sectors including financial, energy, telecommunications and cross-border data flows.

PSI Tisa Report Cover

Secret Trade Negotiations: Is This The End Of The Big Four?

Sydney Morning Herald 20 June 2014

Highly sensitive details of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations, obtained by Fairfax Media, show Australian trade negotiators are working on a financial services agenda that could end the Australian government’s ”four pillars” banking policy and allow foreign banks much greater freedom to operate in Australia. The changes could also see Australians’ bank accounts and financial data freely transferred overseas and allow an influx of foreign financial and information technology workers.

Leon Carter FSU
Negotiations “could undo the effective regulation that sheltered Australia from the global financial crisis”: Leon Carter from the FSU. Photo: Andrew De La Rue

Backroom Deals Could Cripple Bank Regulation

The Drum 24 June 2014

At a time when many governments are still attempting to re-regulate the financial sector after the disaster of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), proposals in this document would prevent governments from protecting consumers and responding to future financial crises.


Big Four
PHOTO: Australia was somewhat protected from the GFC by its “four pillar” banking policy. (AAP)

The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)

Published on Aug 4, 2014

In late 2008, deregulation of our financial system led to a severe financial crisis and a concern about banks that were “too big to fail.” For years Congress has worked to make sure that extra regulations were put in place to protect our economy. However, new leaked documents reveal a secret agreement that would undo many of these regulations.

What’s in the TISA and why it’s a secret?

Published on Sep 25, 2014

Sanya Reid Smith (Researcher and Legal Adviser, Third World Network, Genf) talks about the aftermath and consequences of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). Berlin, 18.9.2014.

TISA aims at the deregulation of public services like water, electricity, healthcare, public transport, television broadcasting.

Medical Tourism’ Plan Revealed: Australia Leads Top Secret Push For Globalisation Of Healthcare.

Sydney Morning Herald 5 February 2015

Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have been saying that healthcare expenditure is unsustainable, but Andrew Robb is quietly engaged in negotiations that could potentially see scarce healthcare dollars going overseas

Andrew Robb Trade Minister
Trade Minister Andrew Robb. Photo: Sanghee Liu

Are The TPP And TiSA The Beginning Of The Globalisation Of Health Care?

The AIM Network 17 February 2015

“It’s hard not feel that we are being attacked at from all angles with corporations eying off developing and developed countries public health services for profit. With an Australian government seemingly hell bent on dismantling its Medicare system with outsourcing payments while introducing co-payments, it’s looking clearer now as to what the current Australian government has planned” writes Mel Mac.

Health Care Oz

WikiLeaks Reveals Privacy Threat in Secret EU Trade Deal

Published on Jun 4, 2015

WikiLeaks documents relating to the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) have been released exposing provisions that show countries could lose control of where their citizens’ personal data is held or whether it’s accessible from outside the country.

Estimates: Senator Penny Wong asks #DFAT about Trade in Services Agreement #TISA

Published on Jun 4, 2015

Estimates: Senator Penny Wong asks #DFAT about the Trade in Services Agreement #TISA revealed by WikiLeaks at the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence & Trade in the Australian Parliament on the 4th June 2015.

WikiLeaks Reveals New Trade Secrets

Sydney Morning Herald 4 June 2015

‘Thank goodness for Wikileaks’.  Greens Co-Deputy Larissa Waters slams the secrecy surrounding the Trade In Services agreement, and says important details have only been made public because of Wikileaks.

Larrisa Waters

Leaked TISA Draft Proposes Sweeping Changes To Australian Telco Laws

itnews 5 June 2015

The draft TISA proposes that state-funded networks like the NBN should no longer be protected against “cherry picking” by other providers.

There would also be no restrictions on overseas ownership and foreign investment in telco services provision. This could open the door to foreign ownership of Telstra, which has restrictions on the amount that can be held by overseas investors.


Trade Agreements Like TiSA, TPP and TTIP Will Sideline National Laws, Wikileaks Says.

The Independent 8 June 2015

Wikileaks has warned that governments negotiating a far-reaching global service agreement are ‘surrendering a large part of their global sovereignty’ and exacerbating the social inequality of poorer countries in the process.

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