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We must learn from Canada’s mistakes and reject TPP, says new report

October 25, 2016: Australia could be hit with an ever-increasing number of multimillion dollar legal claims from foreign corporations if the TPP is ratified, a new report has warned. 

The report, researched by Dr Kyla Tienhaara (ANU) and commissioned by GetUp, warns that the Australian Senate should look at Canada’s experience before considering the TPP implementing legislation.

Lives on the line: online RCEP forum with MSF and AFTINET

October 19, 2016: The RCEP is an even bigger trade deal than the TPP with the same dangerous proposals. So what exactly is the RCEP and what could it mean for access to lifesaving medicines in the Asia Pacific?

AFTINET and MSF held an interactive online forum to discuss mega trade deals, corporate power and access to medicines. Watch the forum here and join the discussion on our Facebook page.

Dr Kyla Tienhaara to speak on ISDS, the TPP and the US elections

All members and supporters are invited to our annual AGM at 5.30pm Wednesday, November 9 at the Finance Sector Union on Pitt St in Sydney. Guest speaker Kyla Tienhaara has recently returned from the US and is the author of a new report finding that Australia should learn from Canada's experience with 39 ISDS cases being brought by US companies after signing the NAFTA trade agreement. Kyla will speak on ISDS, the TPP and the US election.

Unions say TPP destroys jobs, deepens inequality, increases health costs

18 October 2016: Unions called for the TPP to be rejected at a parliamentary hearing on Monday, citing an independent analysis showing it could destroy 39,000 jobs by 2025.

ACTU's director of policy Belinda Tkalcevic said: The TPP is a toxic combination of more power to multinationals ahead of democracy and globalisation ahead of Australian workers.

Key business group whacks the TPP: Peter Martin

18 October 2016: Australia's biggest business organisation was highly critical of the TPP at a parliamentary hearing yesterday. Rather than facilitate trade, the ACCI expressed concerns that it could actually make trade more complex, adding to the noodle bowl of complex trading terms that business has to navigate. This would further complicate compliance and costs for business. Read the full article here.

Public health groups condemn stronger medicine monopolies as RCEP talks continue

MEDIA RELEASE, 18 October 2016: Ninety-four public health and other community groups from 12 countries have condemned proposals for the inclusion of stronger medicine monopolies in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as secret negotiations continue this week in China.

The open letter to RCEP governments is available here.

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