Media Releases

TPP Ministerial Meeting cancelled as Australian MPs voice concerns on TPP tomorrow 12.30 Parliament House

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Sunday May 24, 2015

“Both Japan and Chile have said they will not finalise the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal until Fast Track legislation has passed both houses of the U.S. Congress,” Dr Patricia Ranald Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) said today.“This means the TPP Trade Ministers meeting due on May 26 will not be able to seal the deal, and has been cancelled, yet another missed deadline.”

“Meanwhile Australian parliamentarians will tomorrow launch across party group critical of the TPP at 12:30 PM in Committee Room 1R1 at Parliament House in Canberra. This is a response to growing community concern about the TPP in Australia,” said Dr Ranald.

US Senate rejects TPP Fast Track Bill: TPP deal in doubt this year

Media Release 13 May, 2015

“The conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is now in doubt following the defeat in the US Senate of a proposal to advance the FastTrack Bill.The Fast Track Bill would prevent the U.S. Congress from amending the TPP, and instead allow only a yes or no vote,” Dr Patricia Ranald Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) said today.

Community Forum Sydney 12.30 today ahead of global protests about the Trans-Pacific trade deal (TPP)



 April 16, 2015

Community Forum Sydney 12.30 today ahead of global protests about the Trans-Pacific trade deal (TPP)

Speakers from Doctors without Borders (MSF), CHOICE and other community organisations will urge the government to reject harmful proposals in the TPP at a public forum at 12.30-2pm today in the Jubilee Room at NSW Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney.

Community Groups reply to Trade Minister claims of no opposition to TPP, ISDS and release of text

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March 18, 2015

Community Groups reply to Trade Minister Robb’s claims of no opposition to the TPP and to ISDS, and that stakeholders can see the text of the TPP

US could rewrite Australian Law after TPP signed

Media Release February 9, 2015

New evidence has emerged that the US blackmailed Australia into agreeing to additional changes to Australian copyright law after the Australia-US free trade agreement implementation legislation was passed in 2004. The US refused to finally ratify the agreement without additional changes which gave even more rights to copyright holders at the expense of consumers. The same process is likely to occur if the TPP is signed this year,” Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Coordinator, said today.

Community groups slam Trans-Pacific trade deal as talks resume in New York

MEDIA RELEASE January 27, 2015

As secret Trans-Pacific (TPP) trade talks resume in New York, an unusually diverse mix of 47 Australian community groups including public health, environment, union, church, development aid and other groups have written an open letter to Trade Minister Robb citing mounting evidence that the TPP is not in the national interest, and demanding that the text be released for public scrutiny before it is signed.

2014 Media Releases

December 18, 2014 Services trade leak threatens privacy, civil rights, data security

December 12, 2014 Call for release of secret TPP texts as EU releases Trans-Atlantic trade texts

November 18, 2014 China FTA allows foreign investors to sue governments over domestic law

October 27, 2014 AFTINET slams possible shameful trade-offs and calls for release of TPP text

October 17, 2014 Leaked TPP text shows delays in cheaper essential medicines and draconian internet controls

September 4, 2014 ALP and Greens MPs reject Korea Free Trade Agreement after Parliamentary Committee review

August 28, 2014 Senate Inquiry reveals community opposition and dangers of foreign investor rights to sue governments despite claimed “safeguards”

August 13, 2014 Website reveals how US could rewrite Australian medicine, media content and data storage laws through Trans-Pacific trade deal (TPP)

August 6, 2014 Don’t let foreign investors sue governments over domestic laws, fair trade groups tell Senate inquiry

July 24, 2014 Australian aid and trade watchdogs denounce Pacific Islands free trade agreement

July 7, 2014 Warning: Trade deals threaten health care and the environment (AFTINET and NSWNMA joint release)

July 2, 2014 Brunei Sharia Law scandal and failed bilateral meetings haunt secret Trans-Pacific talks in Ottawa

June 20, 2014 Secret talks to prevent governments from regulating banks foreshadow Trans-Pacific trade agreement (TPP)

June 12, 2014 Abbott’s US visit will not solve Trans-Pacific Trade (TPP) stalemate

May 19, 2014 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) not in Australia’s interest, say community organisations

April 22, 2014 Failed US-Japan bilateral talks show Trans-Pacific Deal offers nothing to Australia ahead of Obama’s Asian visit

April 8, 2014 Japan FTA secret text means announcement lacks detail about downsides

April 4, 2014 Trade Minister Robb desperate to agree to investor rights to sue governments in Japan FTA as Germany and Indonesia reject them

March 10, 2014 Newtown Public Meeting to discuss Trans-Pacific Trade (TPP) impacts on health, environment and other Australian laws

March 6, 2014 Public Meeting in Newtown on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

February 25, 2014 Another deadline missed as Trans-Pacific Singapore talks end with US-Japan rift on market access

February 21, 2014 Trade Minister Robb should reject TPP tradeoffs in Singapore as Australian study warns of health impacts of US proposals

February 17, 2014 (Public Health Association Media Release) Protecting the Health of Australians in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Negotiations

February 17, 2014: “Safeguards” for investor rights to sue governments in Korea FTA text will not work

February 16, 2014: Australia should resist US push to finish Trans-Pacific talks this week in Singapore with no Fast Track in US Congress

February 12, 2014: Senior legislators in seven countries call for release of Trans-Pacific Trade Text

February 5, 2014: Petition challenges foreign investor rights to sue government over domestic laws

January 30, 2014: US Congress Fast Track for Trans-Pacific (TPP) trade deal suffers another body blow

January 16, 2014: Leaked TPP Environment Chapter weakness contrasts with foreign investor rights to sue against environmental regulation

January 10, 2014: US fast track Bill for Trans-Pacific Trade deal (TPP) faces stiff opposition in Congress