Shadow Minister for Trade Penny Wong: TPP must not trade away Australia’s national interest

4/12/2013

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, Penny Wong, today published an article in the Financial Review titled 'TPP must not trade away Australia’s national interest'.

"It would not be in the national interest for Australia to sign up to the TPP if it undermined the integrity of the pharmaceutical benefits scheme or affected the ability of Australians to access affordable medicine. Nor would it be in the national interest for the government to sign up to the TPP if it mandated a radical shift in the legal balance between creators and users of protected works."

"Labor believes the full text of any proposed TPP should be released well before it is signed. That is the commitment the United States trade representative has given to Congress, and the Australian Parliament and people are entitled to no less."

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