Media Releases

Trans-Pacific trade deal a hard sell for PM Turnbull in Washington

Media Release January 18, 2016 : "Prime Minister Turnbull faces an uphill battle convincing members of the U.S. Congress to support legislation for the TPP, given recent studies which show negligible or negative impacts from the TPP on the Australian and US economies, and threats to environmental laws,” Dr Patricia Ranald,  Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today.

China trade ads hide truth on jobs, investor rights as FTA rules begin

Media release, December 17, 2015: "As the China FTA rules begin from December 20, the glossy government ads about “export trade deals” hide the truth about the real impact on jobs, and democratic sovereignty for future regulation in the public interest,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today. Read full release here.

China FTA Inquiry reports show Coalition, ALP and Greens divisions

MEDIA RELEASE October 19, 2015:  “The majority and dissenting reports of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties on the China FTA show sharp divisions between the Coalition, ALP and Greens on on temporary workers and labour rights, and investor rights to sue governments," Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today. Read the full media release here.

TPP leak shows devil in the detail on access to biologic medicines and copyright monopolies

Media Release October 10, 2015

“The final version of the intellectual property chapter the TPP was leaked today on WikiLeaks with several technical analyses,” said Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network.“Further analysis will take more time, but the text reveals that the US proposal for an extension of monopolies on costly life-saving biologic medicines from 5 to 8 years is still in the text,” said Dr Ranald.

Secret TPP deal lacks detail on medicines, investor rights to sue governments

Media Release October 6, 2015

“The announcement of a secret ‘in principle’ TPP deal without publication of the text may hide shameful trade-offs on issues like medicines and corporate rights to sue governments. These should be decided though open democratic parliamentary processes, not secretly traded away for token access to sugar or dairy markets, The lack of access to details in the text means governments can put a positive spin on the deal, but the devil is in the detail, and we won’t have the detail for at least another month,” said Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network.

TPP talks: Robb should reject “death sentence” deal on medicines

MEDIA RELEASE  October 3, 2015                                                                                                                                               

"TPP negotiations in Atlanta, Georgia have been extended. The US has delayed its offers on market access for sugar and dairy products until the last minute, and is now pressuring Australia to agree to stronger monopolies which would delay affordable access to costly biologic medicines used to treat cancer, Trade Minister Robb should keep his promise and reject this shameful deal” Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today. See full release here.

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