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ACTU Congress slams TPP

May 27, 2015: One thousand union delegates at the ACTU Congress endorsed a resolution calling on the Australian government to  release the TPP text or withdraw from the TPP negotiations, criticising the impacts of the TPP on access to affordable medicines,environmental protections, food safety standards, workers’ rights, and the inclusion of investor rights to sue governments as an attack on democracy and sovereignty.   

Parliamentary Cross-Party group challenges TPP

May 25, 2015

100 people attended the successful launch of a TPP cross-party working group by Melissa Parke MP (ALP), Senator Peter Whish-Wilson  (Greens), and Senator Nick Xenophon (Independent). All three parliamentarians voiced concerns about the secrecy of the TPP negotiations and its potential impacts on many areas of public policy including medicine prices, copyright, Internet regulation and  environment and food regulation. They also criticised the inclusion in the TPP of special rights for foreign investors to sue governments over domestic legislation, known as Investor-State Dispute Settlement, (ISDS), which could undermine democratic legislation and national sovereignty, and called for the release of the TPP text for public scrutiny before it is signed ,

TPP Ministerial Meeting cancelled as Australian MPs voice concerns on TPP tomorrow 12.30 Parliament House

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Sunday May 24, 2015

“Both Japan and Chile have said they will not finalise the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal until Fast Track legislation has passed both houses of the U.S. Congress,” Dr Patricia Ranald Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) said today.“This means the TPP Trade Ministers meeting due on May 26 will not be able to seal the deal, and has been cancelled, yet another missed deadline.”

“Meanwhile Australian parliamentarians will tomorrow launch across party group critical of the TPP at 12:30 PM in Committee Room 1R1 at Parliament House in Canberra. This is a response to growing community concern about the TPP in Australia,” said Dr Ranald.

Labor, Greens and cross-bench MPs form group to raise TPP concerns

May 22, 2015: The Guardian reports that Labor, the Greens and crossbenchers have formed a new group to raise concerns about the highly secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership deal as political opposition builds ahead of its signing.

The Australian parliamentary working group, founded by Labor’s Melissa Parke, Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson and independent senator Nick Xenophon, will officially launch on Monday at Parliament House Committee Room 1R1 at 12.30 pm.

Consumer group Choice and community network  Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) will also speak at Monday’s lunchtime event.

US debate rages over TPP Fast Track Bill as Japan says no deal without it

May 19, 2015:Nobel prize-winning economist Jeffrey Sachs Argues that the TPP is a dangerous gift to corporate lobbies and  Michael Wessel, a US cleared advisor who has seen the TPP text condemns the secrecy and says critics are right to be concerned, while a Japanese Minister says there will be no deal at the TPP Ministers' meeting next week without fast track.

US Senate rejects TPP Fast Track Bill: TPP deal in doubt this year

Media Release 13 May, 2015

“The conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is now in doubt following the defeat in the US Senate of a proposal to advance the FastTrack Bill.The Fast Track Bill would prevent the U.S. Congress from amending the TPP, and instead allow only a yes or no vote,” Dr Patricia Ranald Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) said today.

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