Stop the TPP rally today in Sydney

Media Release, September 26 2016: A 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. The rally will be at 12:30 PM, outside 1 Bligh St, Sydney.

“The TPP is not about free trade, but gives more rights to corporations at the expense of people’s rights. It will give foreign investors the right to bypass national courts and sue our governments for millions of dollars in unfair tribunals over health and environmental laws,” said Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network. 

“The TPP will delay access to cheaper versions of biologic medicines used to treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases. This would cost the PBS hundreds of millions of dollars and create pressure for prices to rise at the chemist,” said Brett Holmes, General Secretary, NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association.

“Despite promises, TPP has very weak commitments to labour rights that are not enforceable, and does not even ban the products of child and slave labour. It would allow more temporary migrant workers who are vulnerable to exploitation, without testing whether local workers are available,” said Emma Maiden, Assistant Secretary of UnionsNSW.

“Pope Francis has said that the TPP contradicts social justice principles because it would reduce access to affordable medicines and give excessive legal rights to foreign investors, limiting the space for governments to promote sustainable and inclusive development,” said Sister Helen Kearins from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.

“Over 300,000 Australians have signed petitions against the TPP. We want to send a strong message to our politicians that the TPP is bad for health, workers, the environment and democracy,” said Daney Faddoul, GetUp Senior Campaigner.