Check out the all the latest stories on the trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) circulating in the worlds Media.
AFTINET welcomes the High Court decision against big tobacco's challenge to plain packaging legislation as a vindication of the Government’s right to regulate tobacco as an addictive substance that still kills 15,000 Australians per year.
But the government still faces two more legal challenges from big tobacco, which is desperate to stop Australia setting an example by implementing the plain packaging recommendations of the World Health Organisation.
The Philip Morris tobacco company is currently suing the Australian government over its tobacco plain packaging legislation, using an obscure 1993 Hong Kong- Australia investment treaty despite being a US-based company. Big tobacco is also reportedly providing legal advice and funding to the Ukraine and Honduras Governments which have launched a complaint in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the grounds that the Australian legislation is contrary to a WTO intellectual property agreement.
“We welcome the European Parliament’s overwhelming cross-party decision to reject the ACTA, and hope that similar proposals in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations this week in San Diego will also be rejected,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today.
AFTINET welcomes Parliamentary committee rejection of Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement (ACTA) and condemns similar proposals in Trans-Pacific negotiations.
“We welcome the criticism of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, which has today released a report recommending a delay in ratification of the agreement,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today.
Australia says no to investor rights to sue in leaked Trans-Pacific trade chapter, fair trade groups demand release of all text
High Jinx at the opening ceremony of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations in Dallas as the good people of Yes Lab helped protesters stage a mock award ceremony, announcing US Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, with the "2012 Corporate Power Tool' award!
A Letter has been signed by over 100 Lawyers from Trans-Pacific partnership countries calling for governments to follow Australia’s example and exclude investor rights to sue governments from the TPP.
The latest round of TPPA negotiation is set to take place in Melbourne during the 1st to the 9th of March.
The 11th Round of Negotiations of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement was held in Melbourne from 1st March to 9th March 2012.
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AFTINET has called upon the Australian government to stand firm on tobacco plain packaging legislation, and withdraw from restrictive treaties.Follow this link for more information, media reports and media release.