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Revised TPP-11 text is largely unchanged: independent assessment and Senate Inquiry needed

Media release, February 21 2018: “The new text of the revised and rebranded Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership between Australia and 10 other countries without the US contains minor additional change since last November. Some other governments have demanded further changes, but the Australian government has not,” Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Convener said today.

Government given 28 days to release costs of Phillip Morris case

8 February, 2018: The Australian Information Commissioner has given the Federal Government 28 days to release the total legal costs in the Philip Morris tobacco plain packaging case against Australia. Outrageously, these costs were blacked out of the final tribunal decision on costs, presumably  at the request of both parties. It has taken a long FOI battle initiated by Senator Rex Patrick (NXT) to achieve this result.

Demand a Senate Inquiry on the real costs of the re-badged TPP

The 11 remaining countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed on a new text and new name to revive this failed agreement, but it is still a bad deal. They agreed  to rename the deal and to suspend some of its most controversial clauses, pending the possible US return to the agreement, and it was signed on March 8, in Chile. But it  is still a bad deal. It includes foreign investor rights to sue governments, restrictions on regulation of essential services and more vulnerable temporary workers without testing if local workers are available.  The implementing legislation will be reviewed over the next few months by a parliamentary committee on which the government has a majority. Send a message to the opposition parties and independents to demand a Senate Inquiry and independent  assessment of the real costs of the deal. 

Send a message to demand a Senate Inquiry that can assess the real costs of the re-badged TPP!

Rebranded TPP 11 deal: a mess of side deals with no detail, but ISDS and temporary migrant workers remain

Media release, 24 January 2018: “The rebranded TPP 11 outcome announced today appears to be a mess of separate deals cobbled together to meet issues raised by Canada and others, which Trade Minister Steve Ciobo has described as “18 free trade agreements” for Australia.

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