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TPP tabled in Parliament

10 February 2016

Trade Minister Andrew Robb tabled the National Interest Assessment of the TPP  in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The National Interest Assessment is done by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which negotiated the agreement and is not independent.

He was again criticised for seeking ratification of the TPP without a proper, independent cost-benefit examination of the deal and its impacts on Australians.

Minister Robb shoots the messenger, refuses independent TPP assessment

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’.

TPP Canberra forum a success

4 February 2016

AFTINET joined the ACTUGetUp 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.