The TPPA is a proposed regional free trade agreement between the US, Australia, New Zealand, and eight other countries around the Pacific Rim, including some developing countries. Like most trade negotiations, the TPPA talks are heavily influenced by business, and held in secret. There is some consultation with community groups, but it is limited because the negotiating text is not made public. Leaked documents show proposals which will affect the lives of millions.
These include increased patent rights for corporations to charge higher medicine prices for longer, reduced rights for governments to ensure affordable medicine prices, and internet restrictions through copyright rules with criminal penalties. US business also wants less local content in Australian audio visual media and no labelling of GE food. They also want special rights for corporations to sue governments over health and environment regulation.
AFTINET campaigns against these proposals and for fair trade based on human rights, labour rights, and environmental sustainability.