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.
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.”
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.
Media Release, 11 May 2017: The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network has welcomed Bill Shorten’s confirmation last night in his budget reply speech that Labor won’t back Coalition Government efforts to revive the TPP without the United States. Read the media release here.
9 May 2017: Officials from all TPP countries minus the US met in Canada last week to discuss a possible TPP minus one or TPP-11. The meeting was held in secret and according to media reports the Canadian media weren’t even able to find out where exactly the venue was, let alone what was discussed.
26 April 2017: Trump ditched the TPP but that doesn’t mean he wants fair trade. In fact, his trade agency is attacking other countries’ public health initiatives - such as efforts to promote breastfeeding - calling them “barriers to trade” which should be eliminated. Read more from Public Citizen
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.
In praising the TPP, leaders ignored calls for fairer trade deals from civil society organisations from around the world.