MEDIA RELEASE, February 4, 2016: Trade Minister Robb today rejected calls from 59 community organisations representing over two million Australians for an independent assessment by the Productivity Commission on ABC national radio this morning. He claimed that the broad alliance of public health, church, environment, aid and development and union organisations were just ‘the usual suspects opposed to all trade agreements’.
4 February 2016
International medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has called on ll citizens of TPP countries to fight back against the “worst trade deal ever for access to medicines” ahead of the TPP signing to be held in New Zealand today.
4 February 2016
AFTINET joined the ACTU, GetUp and the Public Health Association in Canberra yesterday at a forum hosted by Labor, Greens and independent MPs.
The groups outlined different concerns but were united in calling for an independent review of the TPP before any vote on its implementing legislation.
3 February 2016: The signing ceremony on February 4 in Auckland for the Trans-Pacific Partnership is mainly a public relations exercise, writes AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Canberra Times
Read her full article here.
26 January 2016
The New Zealand Labour Party has released a statement expressing its concern that the TPP threatens sovereignty for little economic gain.
25 January 2016
23 January 2016
Thousands of Malaysians have turned out to protests urging their government NOT to sign the TPP.
13 January 2016
While there has been talk that the official TPP signing ceremony will be held in the first week of February, reports suggest that Canada has not yet decided whether or not to participate.
Media Release January 18, 2016 : "Prime Minister Turnbull faces an uphill battle convincing members of the U.S. Congress to support legislation for the TPP, given recent studies which show negligible or negative impacts from the TPP on the Australian and US economies, and threats to environmental laws,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today.