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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 front page article 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

AFTINET submission to the Senate Inquiry on the trade agreement process

The Senate Inquiry into Australia's trade agreement process is ongoing.The current process is secret, and Cabinet makes the decision to sign trade agreements before the text is published.  AFTINET's submission (attached below) supports more open negotiations and public release of the final  text of trade agreements for independent scrutiny, public and parliamentary debate before the decision to sign them by Parliament. If you want to make a short submission, some helpful points are here

TPP will push up medicine prices and risk other health policies says report

report released today by a large team of academics and non-government health organisations reveals that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) poses risks to the health of Australians in areas such as provision of affordable medicines, tobacco and alcohol policies and nutrition labelling. See also Peter Martin's article in the Age, SMH and Canberra Times

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.