Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) implementing legislation will be voted on in the Australian Parliament after the election – but many candidates have not yet made their positions clear.
We hope you'll join us for an evening of delicious Greek food, entertaining speakers and great company at our annual fundraising dinner. All proceeds will support our trade justice campaigns on the TPP and other trade deals.
Details: 6pm Tuesday 17 May at The Hellenic Restaurant, Elizabeth St Sydney
Trade experts including AFTINET’s Convener Dr Patricia Ranald, the Public Health Association’s Dr Belinda Townsend and Dr Kyla Tienhaara from the ANU are in Perth this week to attend Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) stakeholder consultations.
At a public forum held on Thursday evening in Perth they warned of the dangers in the RCEP deal, which includes the 10 ASEAN countries plus Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, India and South Korea.
A draft Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Intellectual Property chapter was leaked online last week and it raises concerns about access for medicines, especially in low and middle income countries.
The twelfth round of negotiations towards the agreement are currently taking place in Perth.
Dr Belinda Townsend from the Public Health Association of Australia has published a blog on the leaked chapter and its implications for access to medicines, which you can read here.
26 April 2016
The TPP and the TTIP combined have the potential to undercut urgently needed action on climate that the Paris agreement requires, writes Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz.
Read his opinion piece here.
22 April 2016
At AFTINET's TPP forum at NSW Parliament House on Wednesday, Choice policy and campaigns adviser Sarah Agar spoke about the difficulties consumer advocates will face campaigning for stronger food labelling laws if the TPP is ratified.
“If the TPP goes through with ISDS clauses, then attempts to change country of origin labelling in the future could be challenged by international corporations who don’t want to provide clearer information,” Ms Agar said.
Her presentation got great coverage on news.com.au in an article called 'Get used to ridiculous food labels, like this honey from ... Where exactly?'. Read it here.
Lori Wallach from US Public Citizen addresses AFTINET's TPP forum in Sydney this week by video. She talks about the TPP, the presidential race and the US Congress.
21 April 2016
AFTINET held a successful lunchtime forum about the TPP and the Australian and US elections in Sydney on April 20, attended by 70 people.
Speakers included Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Convener, Lori Wallach from US Public Citizen (by video), John Edwards from Doctors without Borders (MSF), Sarah Agar from CHOICE and Dr Jim Stanford from McMaster University in Canada.
'Not-so-free’ trade, investment and health: Focus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
Hosted by the Southgate Policy Club
5.15pm – 7.00pm, Tuesday, 3 May 2016 at Flinders in the City, Victoria Square Level 1 Lecture Theatre 1
18 April 2016
Completing secret negotiations on the India FTA and PACER-Plus agreement during the election period could violate the caretaker convention and would be undemocratic.