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Rally against the TPP Friday, March 13, 12:30 PM, 123 Pitt Street Sydney

The TPP secret negotiations between Australia US, Japan and nine other countries are still dragging on. The US is driving the agenda on behalf of its pharmaceutical, media, tobacco and other industries. The danger is that our government will agree to shameful deals for higher medicine prices and allow foreign companies to sue governments over health, environment and workers’ rights.

But our campaign is growing and is having an impact. See the GetUP video and the on-line editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times.
Say no to shameful deals and call for the release of the TPP text before it is signed!
Join us on Friday March 13 at 12.30 pm outside the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade office, Angel Place Bldg, 123 Pitt St, Sydney

Medical Journal and AMA warn of TPP dangers to health and call for release of text

Key health bodies have called for greater transparency in negotiation of the TPP to ensure Australians' access to medicines and public health initiatives are not adversely affected by the finer details of such a deal.

Australian Medical Association  vice president Dr Stephen Parnis said assurances made by the federal government last year that it would not enter into an agreement that would have negative effects on Australia's health system were not enough."There must be a greater degree of transparency; we can't simply accept assurances from the government that health won't be compromised. The specifics really matter here",

The call comes as an  editorial from the Medical Journal of Australia highlights the potential health ramifications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), which takes in 12 Pacific rim countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US, and is expected to be signed this year.

US could rewrite Australian Law after TPP signed

New evidence has emerged that the US blackmailed Australia into agreeing to additional changes to Australian copyright law after the Australia-US free trade agreement implementation legislation was passed in 2004. The US refused to finally ratify the agreement without additional changes which gave even more rights to copyright holders at the expense of consumers. The same process is likely to occur if the TPP is signed this year,” Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Coordinator, said today.

Trade in services leak signals new risks to health services

A leaked discussion paper from secret negotiations for a Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) proposes wide ranging changes to national public health systems to allow the promotion of private health tourism services. This would be profitable for private health insurers, but would lead to the Americanisation and privatisation of Australia’s health-care services, says the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association