The Australian and Chinese governments started negotiating a free trade agreement in 2005 . On November 17, 2014. they announced they had reached agreement in principle on key issues and would finalise and sign the text early in 2015. The text wll remain secret until after Cabinet approves it for signing,
‘Leaked US proposals in the Trade in the secret Services (TISA) negotiations include rules that would threaten privacy and civil rights protections for digital personal data’ Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) said today.
Protestors urged Congress not to grant fast-track authority for the TPP, They want Congress to debate the full text of the agreement, and not to support fast-track, which would mean only a yes or no vote
“As negotiators from Australia, the US, Japan and nine other Pacific Rim countries meet behind closed doors in Washington, we join 48 civil society groups from around the world to call for the release of the text before it is signed by governments.this call follows the European Commission's recent announcement to make EU-US trade negotiations over the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) more transparent
Canadian-Australian mining company OceanaGold is suing the El Salvador government for $US301 million before a World Bank tribunal. because it refused a permit for a gold mine that would contaminate 60 per cent of the population's drinking water. Step up the pressure by asking OceanaGold investor AMP to demand that it drops the case against El Salvador.
When Corporations Sue Governments December 3, 2014
Manuel Pérez-Rocha wrtiing in the New York Times argues for exclusion of foreign investor rights to sue governments in the Trans-Pacific (TPP) and the Transatlantic (TTIP) trade deals, citing examples of growing opposition from Latin America, Europe and the Asia Pacific
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a report assessing economic growth from the TPP if all tariff barriers were removed. It found that,while there would be increases in agricultural trade between some countries, the overall effect on economic growth would be zero for a number of countries, including Australia.
Greg Jericho writing in the Guardian on November 20 debunks the uncritical media reports of government claims of US $18 billion added to Australia's GDP by the China FTA.
AFTINET contributed to the Brisbane Community Action Network G20 People's Summit on November 13 and People's March on November 15. Dr Patricia Ranald provided a comprehensive presentation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership at a forum on the 13th, and the Stop TPP banner was in the 4,000-strong People's March in the heat of Saturday the 15th.