Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)  is a massive free trade agreement involving Australia and ten other Pacific Rim countries, which reduces our democratic rights while increasing the rights of global corporations. The TPP is bad for:

  • Democracy. It allows global corporations to sue governments over health, environment and public interest laws. Read more.
  • Workers. Contains no real protection for labour rights or migrant workers, and removes labour market testing for temporary migrant workers. Read more.
  • Essential services:  locks in deregulation, promotes privatisation and prevents future governments from regulating in the public interest, Read more
  • The environment. Lacks enforceable commitments to key international agreements, does not mention climate change and allows corporations to sue over new environmental laws. Read more.
  • Internet users. Locks in strong rights for copyright holders at the expense of consumers and internet users. Read more.

After six years of community campaigning, the withdrawal of the US in January 2017 meant the original TPP-12 could not proceed, but the 11 remaining governments suspended some clauses and rebadged it as the Comprenensive Progressive TPP or  TPP-11, which was signed in March 2018 and approved for ratification by the Australian Parliament in October 2018,   If six of the eleven countries ratify it before the end of 2018, it will come into force for those countries in 2019.

For in-depth analysis and resources, including AFTINET’s submissions to parliamentary inquiries, click here. 

Updated October  2018

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (now the TPP-11) was  originally  a massive free trade agreement involving Australia, the US and ten other countries, which reduces our democratic rights while increasing the rights of global corporations. The US withdrew in 2017, and it became the TPP-11, with some changes, but most of its worst features remain. The TPP-11 is bad  bad for:

  • Democracy. It allows global corporations to sue governments over health, environment and public interest laws. Read more.
  • Essential services:  locks in deregulation, promotes privatisation and prevents future governments from regulating in the public interest, Read more
  • Workers. Contains no real protection for labour rights or migrant workers, and removes labour market testing for vulnerable temporary migrant workers. Read more.
  • The environment. Lacks enforceable commitments to key international agreements, does not mention climate change andallows corporations to sue over new environmental laws. Read more.  

Economists predicted The original TPP 12 would not deliver promised jobs and growth

After six years of community campaigning, the withdrawal of the US in January 2017 meant the TPP-12 could not be implemented.

 A Senate inquiry report  said no to the  implementing legislation in February 2017. 

TPP-11 rebadged as the CPTPP in  March 2018 and approved by the Australian Parliament in October 2018

Japan and Australia led the pushed for a  revived TPP-11 without the US. In November 2017 TPP -11 negotiators signed and re-badged the deal as the Comprehensive and Progressive TPP (CPTPP) and suspended some of its controversial clauses, (but not ISDS). The text was tabled in Parliament on March 26, 2018, and reviewed by parliamentary committees, with most submissions opposing the deal. Many aspects of the TPP-11's thirty chapters contradict Labor Policy, but despite strong internal opposition the majority of the parliamentary caucus supported it. The TPP-11  was approved for ratification by the Coalition and Labor in the Senate in October 2018, with opposition from the Greens, Centre Alliance and other cross-benchers.

Six of the eleven countries  ratified the TPP-11  by November 2018, and it will come into force for those countries on December 31, 2018, with others to follow, except for Malaysia, where the new government is reviewing its involvement. 

For in-depth analysis and resources, including AFTINET’s submissions  to the Parliamentary Inquiries,  click here.

Updated November 2018

Experts warn of TPP-11 downsides for ASEAN countries and South Korea

Monday, February 25, 2019: Last month the eleven members of the now-operational Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership invited other interested states to join. So far, seven of the original eleven have ratified. Aspiring new members must have bilateral talks with each of the eleven founder members and all eleven would have to agree to their joining.

AFTINET disappointed at Senate majority approval of TPP-11

Media Release 17 October 2018: “AFTINET is deeply disappointed that the Senate looks set to pass the TPP-11 implementing legislation,” AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

“Progressive civil society groups, including public health, environment, aid and development groups, churches and unions have played a leading role in exposing the dangers of the TPP-11 in what has been an eight-year public debate.”

AFTINET remains opposed to the TPP-11 but welcomes ALP Bill for fairer future trade deals

15 October 2018: “AFTINET welcome the pledges for progressive changes to future trade policy in shadow Trade Minister Jason Clare’s Bill  announced today, as the TPP-11 implementing legislation is being debated by the Senate. However we remain opposed to theTPP-11 because it restricts the right of future governments to regulate in the public interest.

Community groups urge Labor say no to TPP-11 as unions protest at ALP event in Sydney today

Media Release - 10 October 2018: “The failure of the majority in the Labor Parliamentary caucus to implement Labor policy against the TPP is still being heavily contested within the ALP, as shown by the protest organised today by unions at Bill Shorten’s fundraising event in Sydney”, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.  

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