Global climate campaigning organisation 350.org has released a global petition to the governments involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, calling on them to publish the text of the TPP as it stands now, to reject proposals that would undermine regulatory power, and to oppose this "corporate power-grab".
Sign the petition: 'Say no to corporate power grabs - reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership'
AFTINET's Convener, Dr Patricia Ranald writes for Working Life about upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in Singapore.
"There is an agenda for change our domestic legislation which is being driven by US corporate and industry interests. This agenda would permanently limit the ability of governments to regulate in the public interest.
"This week I’m heading to Singapore for a meeting to which I’m not invited. Trade ministers from twelve countries will gather from 7-10 December for the last scheduled meeting for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations. I’ll be hovering at the margins, hoping for an audience..." Read More
During Senate Estimates last week, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement was questioned by Senator Penny Wong (Shadow Trade Minister), Senator Peter Whish-Wilson (Greens Trade Spokesperson) and Senator Madigan (Democratic Labour Party).
The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age today published the article 'US accused of war of attrition in Trade Talks'', by Peter Martin.
"Reports from the talks say US officials are refusing to budge on most of their demands, insisting that meetings go around the clock in the hope that they wear other countries negotiations down."
Trade Ministers from the 12 TPP countries will meet in Singapore on December 7-9 to make decisions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). But the US is still exerting strong pressure for stronger patent laws which would result in higher medicine prices, and for investor-state dispute settlement clauses, which allow foreign corporations to sue governments over health and environment laws which are seen to 'harm' their interest. This would affect our ability to regulate in the public interest, and undermine our democracy and sovereignty.
We need to act now to ensure that these proposals are rejected.
Please send this new, updated letter to Trade Minister Andrew Robb asking him to reject proposals in the TPP which would increase medicine prices, and allow foreign investors to sue our governments.
The People's Health Movement Australia's Petition to Trade Minister Andrew Robb:
Support the 5-country proposal on patents and medicines in TPPA negotiations to safeguard access to medicines
The Public Health Association is calling on the Australian Government to support efforts to protect access to medicines and public health measures in negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).