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.
21 May 2016
Kyla Tienhaara (ANU) and Belinda Townsend (Deakin University) write that it is India, rather than China, that has been the most outspoken in opposing US-style trade rules in the RCEP.
20 May 2016
Speaking at AFTINET’s Annual Trade Justice Dinner earlier this week outgoing Labor MP and deputy chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT), Kelvin Thomson, said that the public is entitled to conclude that the TPP has three strikes – the ISDS attack on sovereignty, the extension of biologic medicine monopolies and the increased numbers of temporary workers who can be exploited. Three strikes and you're out, he said.
May 19, 2016: "The official U.S. International Trade Commission report released today on the impact of the TPP on the US economy has predicted a tiny GDP increase of only 0.15 percent after 15 years. This will increase the strong US bipartisan Congressional opposition to the TPP and make it even less likely that the implementing legislation will be considered by Congress before the US election in November," Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Convener said today.
18 May 2016
Documents unsealed this week show how Philip Morris lost its ISDS case against Australia over tobacco plain packaging.
Peter Martin explains that the tribunal found that Philip Morris had moved its Australian and Asian headquarters to Hong Kong for the express purpose of making the claim, and that this was an "abuse of rights".
The fact that Australia won the case does not mean that ISDS provisions are not a threat to public health. Dr Deborah Gleeson told Fairfax Media:
"If we ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership transnational corporations based in the United States will gain an avenue to sue Australia. There's an exclusion for tobacco control measures, but no solid exclusion for other health measures."
Media Release, 16 May 2016: “The US government is making a desperate attempt to placate domestic US corporate and Republican opposition to the TPP implementing legislation by demanding stronger monopolies for pharmaceutical companies and other concessions at a meeting of TPP ministers to be held this week on the sidelines of the APEC Trade Ministers meeting in Peru,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today.
12 May 2016
As Hilary Clinton continues to her lead as the most likely Democrat Presidential Candidate it appears that her position against the TPP has strengthened. This week she condemned the TPP more strongly, telling environmental groups and unions in a statement: "I oppose the TPP agreement — and that means before and after the election.”
9 May 2016
Outgoing Labor MPs Kelvin Thomson and Melissa Parke have both been longstanding advocates for fair trade and critics of trade deals that put corporations above people and democracy.
9 May 2016
New Zealand’s Labour party has confirmed it will vote against the TPP in Parliament.
After public hearings on the TPP were held all around the country, NZ Labour wrote in its minority report that it could not support the ratification of the TPP “as it stands”, and that through the deal NZ had weakened its sovereignty for very small gains.