Jan 17, 2017: Labor, The Greens and the Nick Xenophon team have all declared they won’t support the dead TPP. But Labor has said it will make a decision about the implementing legislation when and if the legislation is introduced to Parliament.
While attention has been focused on the failed TPP, governments and corporations have been working hard to push through the Trade in Services Agreement” (TiSA).
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11 January 2017: A new research paper in Third World Resurgence outlines key concerns that civil society groups, treatment providers and academics have regarding not only the intellectual property proposals but also the continuing lack of transparency in the RCEP negotiation process.
20 December, 2016: The Productivity Commission Final Report on Australia’s intellectual property policy shows how it has been constrained by trade agreements. Global pharmaceutical companies have successfully lobbied for longer monopolies in trade agreements which have delayed the availability of cheaper medicines, resulting in higher prices.
8 December 2016: A new report has revealed the growing use of corporate lawsuits against Asian countries and warns that ISDS provisions in the RCEP could lead to millions of dollars being drained from public budgets in the region.
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6 December 2016: The Indonesian Trade minister officially opened the sixteenth round of RCEP negotiations today and was met with protests outside the convention centre. Protesters are concerned that the RCEP could contain dangerous TPP clauses which would undermine access to medicines in the region and allow corporations to sue governments.
6 Dec 2016: Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is concerned that the RCEP will contain similarly damaging provisions for access to medicines as the TPP, as sixteen countries resume negotiations this week in Tangerang, Indonesia. Watch MSF's video and read their media release here.
Despite the TPP’s demise, global corporations and some governments including the Australian government are pushing to repeat the same failed model in other trade agreements. First in line is another mega-trade deal, one which is even bigger and even more secretive than the TPP: the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).