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.
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.