TPP Ministers must reject US Congress demand to rewrite our laws even after TPP is signed

July 31, 2015: “Twenty US Congress members yesterday signed a letter demanding that the US exercise its right in the Fast Track legislation to force changes to other countries’ TPP implementing legislation before it will allow the agreement to come into force. It did this in 2004, with the Australia-US FTA. This is known as the Certification process,” said Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network.

“This is a re-run of the 2004 Australia-US Free Trade Agreement when the US government demanded more changes to Australian law in November 2004 when the two governments had passed implementing legislation and were about to exchange formal letters for the ratification of the agreement. This US ability to dictate Australian legislation after the agreement is signed makes a mockery of whatever is negotiated in Maui. This is unacceptable and Australian and other TPP Ministers should demand that the US guarantee that certification will not be used,” said Dr Ranald.

See the pdf of the media release here.

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