Parliamentary Cross-Party group challenges TPP
May 25, 2015
100 people attended the successful launch of a TPP cross-party working group by Melissa Parke MP (ALP), Senator Peter Whish-Wilson (Greens), and Senator Nick Xenophon (Independent). All three parliamentarians voiced concerns about the secrecy of the TPP negotiations and its potential impacts on many areas of public policy including medicine prices, copyright, Internet regulation and environment and food regulation. They also criticised the inclusion in the TPP of special rights for foreign investors to sue governments over domestic legislation, known as Investor-State Dispute Settlement, (ISDS), which could undermine democratic legislation and national sovereignty, and called for the release of the TPP text for public scrutiny before it is signed ,
Dr Patricia Ranald from AFTINET and Matt Levey from CHOICE consumer organisation outlined how community concerns in Australia and other TPP countries had delayed the negotiations and called for the release of the text of the TPP before the decision to sign it is made by Cabinet.