Experts warn of RCEP dangers in Perth

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.

RCEP could limit access to medicines

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.

Get used to 'ridiculous food labels'

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 in an article called 'Get used to ridiculous food labels, like this honey from ... Where exactly?'Read it here.

Successful TPP forum in Sydney

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.