Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

Report shows trade agreements have boosted medicine and copyright monopolies

20 December, 2016: The Productivity Commission Final Report on Australia’s intellectual property policy  shows how it  has been constrained by trade agreements. Global pharmaceutical companies have successfully lobbied for longer monopolies in trade agreements which have delayed the availability of cheaper medicines, resulting in higher prices. 

And you thought the TPP was secret. The RCEP is even worse

6 November 2016: Peter Martin writes in Fairfax Media, that the RCEP is "another massive deal you've never heard of” which has ISDS on the agenda, despite the strong opposition ISDS has created to the TPP, and predicts the TPP’s demise . He cites a statement from hundreds of US law professors opposing ISDS because it would allow foreign investors to bypass "the basic procedures of the US justice system” .

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