Trans-Pacific Partnership

Government should release Philip Morris plain packaging case costs

July 10, 2017: Media Release: “We welcome the international tribunal decision that Philip Morris tobacco company should pay the costs of its failed case against Australia’s 2011 plain packaging law. But it is absurd and unacceptable that the tribunal has not released the amount of the costs, which have been blacked out of the published decision,” Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

Trump drafts Executive Order for Big Pharma

June 23, 2017: The New York Times has published a leaked draft of a new Trump Executive Order which demonstrates that Big Pharma has captured the White House.

The document directs the United States Trade Representative to conduct a study of price differences between the United States and other countries, and to review trade agreements that may need to be revised “to promote greater intellectual property protection and competition in the global market.”

TPP countries will “assess options” for deal’s future without US

May 23, 2017: Eleven TPP countries met in Vietnam last weekend without the US to discuss the future of the failed deal, which Japan, Australia and New Zealand are pushing to resuscitate.

While there’s been a lot of hype in the headlines about a TPP revival, the actual statement agreed by TPP countries only commits them to completing a process to "assess options" for the future of the agreement before Ministers meet again on November 10-11 in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Civil society protests as leaders praise flawed TPP at Chile meeting

17 March 2017: Representatives from all TPP countries except the US missed an opportunity to strive for fairer trade deals when they praised the dead TPP in a statement following a meeting in Viña del Mar, Chile.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of a broader meeting on Integration Initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region including non-TPP countries China, Korea and the US.

Missed opportunity

In praising the TPP, leaders ignored calls for fairer trade deals from civil society organisations from around the world.

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