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Report shows trade agreements have boosted medicine and copyright monopolies

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. 

Government majority backs a dead horse but Labor and Greens slam TPP

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.

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