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.
January 10, 2016: Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz writes that the TPP faces an uphill battle for US ratification, opposed by all leading Democratic presidential candidates and many Republicans. The TPP severely constrains environmental, health, and safety regulation, and even financial regulations with significant macroeconomic impacts.
January 9, 2016: The Huffington Post reports that just two months after the Obama administration rejected TransCanada's bid to build the dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline - a landmark victory for the movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground - the Canadian corporation announced it will retaliate by using ISDS in NAFTA, a TPP-like trade deal,