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Vale John Kaye: a fighter for fair trade and social justice

May 3, 2016: I first met John in 2004 when he was campaigning with AFTINET against the expansion of medicine monopolies and other unfair proposals in the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement. He continued this fight when he became a Greens NSW MLC, supporting the struggle against the TPP even after his illness was diagnosed. We will miss his principled voice for fair trade, social justice and the environment - Pat Ranald.

TPP locks in copyright & patent rules, making reform near impossible

30 April 2016

A new draft Productivity Commission report has found that copyright and patent rules agreed to in the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement are costing governments and consumers hundreds of millions of dollars a year. It has also called for a reform of our copyright laws for the benefit of consumers.

The PC report has estimated that the Howard government’s decision to agree to US demands and extend monopoly rights for pharmaceutical companies by an extra five years is currently costing Australian consumers and Governments $250 million annually in higher medicine costs.

Experts warn of RCEP dangers in Perth

30 April 2016

Trade experts including AFTINET’s Convener Dr Patricia Ranald, the Public Health Association’s Dr Belinda Townsend and Dr Kyla Tienhaara from the ANU travelled to Perth to attend Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) stakeholder consultations.

At a lively public forum attended by around 50 people, they warned of the dangers in the RCEP deal, which includes the 10 ASEAN countries plus Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, India and South Korea.

RCEP could limit access to medicines

27 April 2016

A draft Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Intellectual Property chapter was leaked online last week and it raises concerns about access for medicines, especially in low and middle income countries.

The twelfth round of negotiations towards the agreement are currently taking place in Perth.

Dr Belinda Townsend from the Public Health Association of Australia has published a blog on the leaked chapter and its implications for access to medicines, which you can read here.

Get used to 'ridiculous food labels'

22 April 2016

At AFTINET's TPP forum at NSW Parliament House on Wednesday, Choice policy and campaigns adviser Sarah Agar spoke about the difficulties consumer advocates will face campaigning for stronger food labelling laws if the TPP is ratified.

“If the TPP goes through with ISDS clauses, then attempts to change country of origin labelling in the future could be challenged by international corporations who don’t want to provide clearer information,” Ms Agar said.

Her presentation got great coverage on in an article called 'Get used to ridiculous food labels, like this honey from ... Where exactly?'Read it here.