Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

TheTrans-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 and the World Bank 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 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 2108

But Japan and Australia led the pushed for a  revived TPP-11 without the US. In November 2017 TPP -11 negotiators rebadged the deal as the Comprehensive Progressive TPP (CPTPP) and suspended some of its most controversial clauses, (but not ISDS). The text was tabled in Parliament on March 26, 2018, triggering a Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Inquiry. Community campaigning also resulted in a Senate Inquiry .

See brief analysis here,  and media commentary here . 

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

Updated: October 2018

AFTINET disappointed at Senate majority approval of TPP-11

Media Release 17 September 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.  

Send a message to Labor to oppose the TPP by October 15

24 September 2018: There has been a massive response against the Labor caucus majority decision on September 11 to support the TPP-11 implementing legislation, with thousands of messages sent to Labor MPs and Senators asking them to vote against the implementing legislation. AFTINET thanks all members and supporters who have sent messages. If you have not already done so, please send a message to Labor Senators, and urge others to do so by sharing our Facebook post.

Tanzania rejects ISDS in favour of Local Courts

20 September 2018: Yet another country has rejected the undemocratic and non-transparent practices of international arbitration as a method for resolving investor-state disputes (ISDS). There is growing rejection of the inclusion of ISDS in trade agreements like the TPP.

As reported in The East African, Tanzania’s National Assembly on September 17 passed the Public Private Partnership (Amendment) Bill (2018), put forward by Attorney General Adelardus Kilangi.

Community groups disappointed that Senate TPP-11 Report identifies serious flaws but endorses TPP-11 implementation

Media Release - September 18, 2018     
“We are deeply disappointed that the Labor majority report of the Senate Standing Committee on the TPP-11 has strongly criticized many aspects of the deal and recommended changes by a future government,  but has nevertheless endorsed its implementation,” AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

Pages