Media Release, 30 November 2016: The report of the Government-majority Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has predictably endorsed the ratification of the TPP. However ALP committee members’ critical comments on the report described some TPP provisions as “risky and harmful to Australia’s interests,” expressed “concerns about ratifying the TPP in terms of both content and process,” and criticised the haste to ratify when it appears certain that the TPP will not proceed. The Greens’ dissenting report called for rejection of the agreement.
Media Release, November 30 2016: The failed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) should not be used as a model for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)*, 316 civil society organisations from across the Asia Pacific have warned as the sixteenth round of negotiations begin this week in Indonesia.
29 November 2016: ABC business editor Ian Verrender writes that the TPP was not really about trade, and rather about the US getting stronger intellectual property rights for its pharmaceutical, communications and entertainment corporations.
That is anti-competitive, highly protectionist and certainly does not qualify as free trade,” he says. Read the article here.
Donald Trump didn’t kill the TPP. His opposition was only the final blow which came at the end of more than six years of criticism in the US, Australia and other countries by public health, environment, church, union and other community groups, writes AFTINET Convener Pat Ranald for Fairfax media.
22 November 2016: There were a lot of different media reports flying around about the future of the TPP during the APEC meeting in Lima over the weekend. Here’s our explainer.
14 November 2016: Over the weekend, the US administration confirmed that they would not push the TPP through the current lame duck Congress: effectively abandoning the deal.
While Trump's election may have dealt the final blow, it's been people like you and organisations like ours which have campaigned since 2010 against the TPP's corporate agenda.
November 12, 2016: New analysis of leaked TiSA documents finds the deal would concentrate more power for multinational corporations, put a stranglehold on vital government regulation, undo the limited progress which has been made on regulating banks and finance conglomerates, and lead to an "Uberisation" of millions of workers' jobs.
11 November 2016: Even if the TPP never goes into effect, its damage will be felt worldwide - in the form of the election of President Donald Trump, writes Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.