MEDIA RELEASE October 21, 2015: The deal reached by the ALP and the Coalition on the China FTA falls short of previously proposed changes to the Migration Act and other problems In the agreement remain," Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today. Read the full release here.
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.
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.
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.
MEDIA RELEASE October 4, 2015
“The extension of secret TPP talks into Sunday October 4 shows the US desperation to force a deal, despite fundamental differences remaining over medicines and access to US sugar and dairy markets,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today.Read the full release here
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.
On September 30, in Atlanta, Georgia, cancer patient Zahara Heckscher was arrested after disrupting the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in a protest aimed at maintaining access to affordable cancer medicines in the 12 countries affected by the trade treaty. See her statement and link to pictures and video here
Media Release, September 29, 2015
MEDIA RELEASE, September 24, 2015
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are meeting from September 26 ahead of a TPP Trade Ministers meeting from September 30 in Atlanta, Georgia in a desperate final attempt to reach a deal this year, AFTINET has sought a meeting with Prime Minister Turnbull to advocate that Australia should not agree to stronger monopolies on biologic medicines, draconian copyright rules on the Internet and to foreign investor rights to sue governments for damages over domestic legislation (ISDS).
MEDIA RELEASE September 18, 2015
“Trans-Pacific negotiators plan to meet from September 26 before TPP Ministers meet from September 30 in in Atlanta, Georgia in a desperate final attempt to reach a deal this year,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and investment Network said today.