Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Demand a Senate Inquiry on the real costs of the rebranded TPP

The 11 remaining countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed on a new text and new name to revive this failed agreement, but it is still a bad deal. They agreed in Tokyo on January 23, 2018, to rename the deal and to suspend some of its most controversial clauses, pending the possible US return to the agreement. The aim is to sign it on March 8, in Chile. Only then will the text be made public and reviewed by a parliamentary committee on which the government has a majority. Send a message to the opposition parties and independents to demand a Senate Inquiry and independent  assessment of the real costs of the deal. 

Send a message to demand a Senate Inquiry that can assess the real costs of the zombie TPP!

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is 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 TPP is bad for:

  • Democracy. It allows global corporations to sue governments over health, environment and public interest laws. Read more.
  • Health. Medicines will be more expensive because of stronger monopoly rights for pharmaceutical companies to charge higher prices for longer. Read more.
  • Workers. Contains no real protection for labour rights or migrant workers, and removes labour market testing. 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.

Despite all the downsides of the deal, economists and the World Bank predicted it 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. the Turnbull Government threatened to rush the TPP’s implementing legislation through Parliament  to get approval for a dead agreement. A Senate inquiry report said no to the  implementing legislation, The  government has not presented the legislation, because Labor, Greens and NXT Senators  have a majority and do not support it.

For all the latest news on the TPP, including the Senate report, and attempts to revive the TPP, follow this link.

For in-depth analysis and resources, including AFTINET’s submissions and our printable TPP flyer, click here. 

Updated: January 2018

 

Rebranded TPP 11 deal: a mess of side deals with no detail, but ISDS and temporary migrant workers remain

Media release, 24 January 2018: “The rebranded TPP 11 outcome announced today appears to be a mess of separate deals cobbled together to meet issues raised by Canada and others, which Trade Minister Steve Ciobo has described as “18 free trade agreements” for Australia.

Greenpeace report: ISDS empowers global corporations at the expense of people and planet

January 19, 2018: A new report by Greenpeace, Justice for People and Planetuses 20 case studies of global corporations to explain how corporate power is being used to violate human rights and environmental rights. The report argues that governments should adopt 10 Principles for Corporate Accountability to curb ‘corporate capture, collusion and impunity’.

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