Media Release, September 29, 2015
September 2015: RCEP negotiations between Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, South Korea, India and 10 ASEAN countries are now considering proposals for stronger monopolies on medicines and for foreign investor rights to sue governments over changes to domestic legislation, and aiming to finish the negotiations in 2016, AFTINET has done a second submission which addresses these issues in more detail.
MEDIA RELEASE, September 24, 2015
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are meeting from September 26 ahead of a TPP Trade Ministers meeting from September 30 in Atlanta, Georgia in a desperate final attempt to reach a deal this year, AFTINET has sought a meeting with Prime Minister Turnbull to advocate that Australia should not agree to stronger monopolies on biologic medicines, draconian copyright rules on the Internet and to foreign investor rights to sue governments for damages over domestic legislation (ISDS).
MEDIA RELEASE September 18, 2015
“Trans-Pacific negotiators plan to meet from September 26 before TPP Ministers meet from September 30 in in Atlanta, Georgia in a desperate final attempt to reach a deal this year,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and investment Network said today.
September 14, 2015: Copyright expert Kimberlee Weatherall argues in Crikey that Australia's copyright rules adopted in the Australia-US FTA are so detailed, prescriptive and, in many cases, technology specific, copyright law has become harder to adjust when business models or technology change. This should not be repeated and made even worse in the TPP.
September 14, 2015 See the satirical new 45-second video/ TV ad from GetUp on how TPP proposals to allow global corporations to sue governments for billions of dollars over health and environmental laws could affect you and your family.