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TPP Protest at ALP Conference, Melbourne on July 24 as TPP negotiators meet in Hawaii

MEDIA RELEASE, July 23, 2015

TPP Protest at ALP Conference, Melbourne on July 24 as TPP negotiators meet in Hawaii for possible shameful trade-offs

“Community groups are rallying in the Melbourne winter at 8 am on Friday July 24 outside the ALP conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre to ask the ALP to reject bad trade deals like the China FTA and the TPP. On the same day TPP negotiators begin their secret meeting in the luxury beach resort of Maui in Hawaii, with TPP Trade Ministers scheduled to meet there from July 28-31 to try to finish the deal,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and investment Network said today.

Unions ask ALP Conference to reject China FTA and TPP

July 17, 2015 A cross-factional  group of unions is demanding stronger ALP policy against the China FTA and the TPP at the ALP conference on July 24. They want the ALP  to block implementing legislation for trade agreements which allow large numbers of temporary overseas workers without testing whether local workers are available and which contain foreign investor rights to sue governments over changes in domestic legislation (ISDS). Read the media release here

Join July actions on the China FTA and TPP in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney

Crunch time is looming for the  China FTA  and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)   Make your voice heard!

Melbourne: Rally outside the ALP Conference on the China FTA and TPP, Friday July 24, 8 am, Melbourne Convention Centre, near the Polly Woodside ship.

Brisbane: Rally outside the China FTA Parliamentary hearings, Monday ,July 27, 12 noon,  Commonwealth Law Courts, North Quay

Adelaide: Public meeting on the China FTA and TPP, Tuesday, July 28, 7pm, Ingle Farm Recreation Centre, Cnr Roopena St & Beovich Rd, Ingle Farm.

Sydney: Rally outside the China FTA Parliamentary hearings, Friday, July 31, 12 noon, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney,

Health experts say don't trade medicines for sugar in TPP talks

July 8, 2015: Recent leaked documents of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations indicate that at the next meeting of Trade Ministers in Hawaii on July 28-31 the US will be still be pushing for 8-12 years data protection for biologics (the next generation of drugs).  This might be good for the profits of big US pharma companies but it will make medicines more expensive for Australians.

Poll shows 61% of voters reject investor rights to sue governments (ISDS)

July 7, 2015: This Essential Media poll released today shows voters across the political spectrum reject the inclusion of ‪‎ISDS clauses in the ‪TPP. The question was specific to the TPP but could also be an indication of views about ISDS in the China FTA.

Overall, 61% think that foreign companies should not be able to sue the Government for losses due to changes in policy and only 10% think they should. 

68% of Greens voters, 66% of Liberal/National voters and 58% of Labor voters  think they should not be able to sue.

Media commentators slam TPP despite government Public Relations blitz

June 29-30, 2015: Following the Productivity Commission  report and the Senate report into the trade agreement process and despite the government's PR defence of the TPP,  Peter Martin in  the The Sydney Morning Herald, Ian Verrender  in the ABC National News blog The Drum and Ken Davidson in the Melbourne Age have criticised TPP secrecy, the impacts of TPP proposals for stronger monopolies on medicines, copyright and foreign investor rights to sue governments, and questioned whether the TPP will deliver trade benefits. Australian Super Chair Heather Ridout has also slammed ISDS in the TPP.

Senate Report slams secretive trade agreement process, supports conditional release of texts

AFTINET Media Release June 26, 2015

“The analysis of the Report of the Senate Inquiry into the Australian trade agreement process released today reflects the views of the overwhelming majority of submissions criticizing the current secret and undemocratic process and calling for the text of trade agreements to be released for public and parliamentary scrutiny before they are signed.But unfortunately the Report’s actual recommendations, while improving on the current process, fall short of full transparency,”  said Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET)