Media Releases

Public health groups condemn stronger medicine monopolies as RCEP talks continue

MEDIA RELEASE, 18 October 2016: Ninety-four public health and other community groups from 12 countries have condemned proposals for the inclusion of stronger medicine monopolies in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as secret negotiations continue this week in China.

The open letter to RCEP governments is available here.

TPP not in the public interest, community groups tell Canberra cross-party forum

Media Release, October 11, 2016: Fair trade groups, public health groups and unions will argue that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is not in the public interest, and that its implementing legislation should be blocked by the Senate, at a forum hosted by ALP MP Josh Wilson, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Senator Nick Xenophon. 

Stop the TPP rally today in Sydney

Media Release, September 26 2016A broad alliance of community groups, unions, environment and church organisations will rally today outside the public hearing of the national parliamentary inquiry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in Sydney. 

Read on for comments from AFTINET, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, UnionsNSW, the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and GetUp.

TPP: US pressures Australia for even stronger monopolies on biologic drugs

Media Release, September 9 2016:  “We are alarmed by reports that US Senate Finance Committee Orrin Hatch says the US administration has “made progress” in talks with Australia and other TPP countries to find a way to increase data protection for costly lifesaving biologic drugs from eight years in the current TPP text to twelve years,” said Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network.

Asia Pacific civil society groups condemn investor rights to sue governments in RCEP as Trade Ministers meet

Media Release, August 4, 2016:  An unprecedented alliance of civil society groups from Australia, New Zealand, ASEAN countries, India, Japan and South Korea, today issued a call to Trade Ministers meeting in Laos to discuss the mega trade agreement involving 16 countries, known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). 

Download the full media release here

Vice President Biden talks up TPP in Australia as Congress Republicans say it will not pass this year

Media Release, July 18 2016: “US Vice-President Joe Biden may talk up the TPP in his speech at Sydney University today. But US Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who controls the numbers in the U.S. Senate, declared last week in the Washington Post that the TPP legislation is unlikely to pass Congress this year.

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