Message to Canberra: the TPP is not in the public interest

October 11, 2016: Representatives from AFTINET, the Public Health Association of Australia and the ACTU are heading to Canberra today to address a cross-party forum on the TPP hosted by ALP MP Josh Wilson, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Senator Nick Xenophon. They will send a strong message that the TPP is not in the public interest.
 
AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald told the media that the Senate inquiry was a real opportunity for critical scrutiny of the TPP. “The TPP will undermine our rights by allowing global corporations to bypass national courts and sue governments in unfair international tribunals over health and environment laws,” she said.
 
President of the Public Health Association of Australia, Michael Moore, said the TPP will delay access to cheaper versions of cost;ly biologic medicines used to treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases, which Australians can only access because they are subsidised by the PBS. He said " This would cost the PBS hundreds of millions of dollars for each year of delay, and create pressures for higher prices at the chemist.” 
 
ACTU President Ged Kearney said that despite promises, the TPP will not deliver on claims of jobs and growth, or protect workers’ rights. "It has only 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.”
 
Community organisations have succeeded in getting a Senate Inquiry into the TPP. You can take action by making a submission to the Senate inquiry before October 28 - here are some points we’ve put together to help.