Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations Round 15: Auckland, New Zealand December 2 -12
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations between the US, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mexico and Canada will be held in Auckland December 2 –12.
Community groups and unions are opposing the TPPA agenda, which seeks greater rights for international corporations at the expense of people. Pharmaceutical companies want to extend patents on medicines to charge higher prices for longer, and to reduce government regulation of medicines. Media companies want stronger copyright laws on the Internet, which could restrict Internet freedom. The US is pushing for investors state dispute rights which would enable foreign investors to sue governments for damages if a law or policy harms their investment. The Philip Morris tobacco company is currently using this process to sue the Australian government for damages over its plain packaging legislation. There is no agreement to include enforceable labour rights or environmental protections in the agreement.
A wide range of New Zealand and international civil society groups will be organising public events around the negotiations, as well as seeking to speak to negotiators through formal stakeholder events.
AFTINET will be sending Australian representatives to join these events, speak to negotiators and do media work. We are also organising a comedy gig in Sydney in that week to raise funds for our ongoing campaign for a Fair Deal or No Deal on the TPPA.
The global online campaign AVAAZ aims to get 1 million signatures for its petition on the TPP at the Auckland negotiations.
The petition calls on governments to make TPP process transparent and accountable to all, and to reject any plans that limit governments' power to regulate in the public interest.