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AFTINET submission to the Senate Inquiry on the trade agreement process

The Senate Inquiry into Australia's trade agreement process is ongoing.The current process is secret, and Cabinet makes the decision to sign trade agreements before the text is published.  AFTINET's submission (attached below) supports more open negotiations and public release of the final  text of trade agreements for independent scrutiny, public and parliamentary debate before the decision to sign them by Parliament. If you want to make a short submission, some helpful points are here

TPP will push up medicine prices and risk other health policies says report

March 3, 2015: A report released today by a large team of academics and non-government health organisations reveals that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) poses risks to the health of Australians in areas such as provision of affordable medicines, tobacco and alcohol policies and nutrition labelling. See Peter Martin's front page article in the Age, SMH and Canberra Times

Medical Journal and AMA warn of TPP dangers to health and call for release of text

Februrary 9, 2015 Key health bodies have called for greater transparency in negotiation of the TPP to ensure Australians' access to medicines and public health initiatives are not adversely affected by the finer details of such a deal.

Australian Medical Association  vice president Dr Stephen Parnis said assurances made by the federal government last year that it would not enter into an agreement that would have negative effects on Australia's health system were not enough."There must be a greater degree of transparency; we can't simply accept assurances from the government that health won't be compromised. The specifics really matter here",