AFTINET and six public health organizations today urged the Abbott Government to reject proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) to increase monopoly privileges for drug companies which would increase medicine prices by delaying access to cheaper generic medicine.
More than 70 organisations including 54 regional groups ranging from Mirboo in Victoria, to the Cassowary Coast in North Queensland, to Walgett in NSW, in traditional areas of Coalition support, have endorsed a letter to Trade Minister Andrew Robb. They oppose foreign investor rights to sue governments for damages in international tribunals over environmental regulation of coal seam gas mining.
AFTINET is hosting a public seminar to be held at NSW Parliament on Tuesday the 22nd of October from 12-2pm.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership endgame: corporate rights or peoples’ rights?
The US, Australia, New Zealand and nine other Pacific Rim countries have been negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) trade agreement for the last three years. The pressure is on to finish the negotiations this year. But the agreement is not mainly about trade.
Date: 22nd October, 12-2pm
Venue: NSW Parliament, Macquarie Room
Please RSVP by COB October 21 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Trade and Technology: What does the TPPA mean for Australia?
Public discussion of TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and broader trade related issues on topics ranging from (but not limited to): Digital Rights, Cultural Goods and services, eCommerce, IP, Copyright, Privacy, Biotech and GMO's, Health (and PBS), International Dispute settlement, Export/import markets, including impacts on food production and foreign investment.
Places are limited. Event sponsored by Swinburne University. Register here.
AFTINET's Dr Patricia Ranald was interviewed about the Abbott government's policy on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) and investor rights to sue governments on the ABC Radio National program PM
An obscure clause buried in the Liberal-National Coalition’s manufacturing policy says they will ‘appoint at least one industry representative who will be directly included in the negotiation of Free Trade Agreements’. The policy is on p.14 of the Coalition Manufacturing policy released last week. As it was not in the Coalition trade policy, AFTINET only became aware of it today, after we had sent out our comparison of parties’ trade policies.
This is an extraordinary and probably unworkable policy for three reasons.
As the election draws near, The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) has analysed how the trade policies of our major political parties comparein relation to fair trade and free trade.
To compare the parties on key fair trade issues, we examined the policy documents of each party, as well as pre-election statements and publications on nine key issues. They are labour rights, the environment, health care and access to medicines, investor rights to sue governments (ISDS), intellectual property, Australia’s cultural industries, transparency, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Multilateral versus bilateral and regional agreements.
As you can see in our comparison table, Labor and the Greens have positive policies on all of the nine issues, whereas the Liberal National Coalition has a negative policy on Investor-State Dispute Settlement, and no explicit policies on seven of the others.