MEDIA RELEASE, March 9 2017: Two hundred organisations from 15 countries have urged trade ministers meeting in Chile next week not to use the failed TPP as a model for future agreements.
Media Release: February 27, 2017: Negotiations between Australia, New Zealand China, India, Japan, South Korea and 10 ASEAN countries continue this week for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Kobe, Japan. The negotiations are held in secret, and the Japanese government has been reluctant to allow community groups to meet with negotiators, only arranging a short meeting with little notice. Negotiations will continue through 2017.
Leaked documents have revealed that TPP-like proposals on stronger medicine monopolies and investor rights to sue governments are on the table. Community groups from most RCEP countries have urged governments to reject these proposals and release negotiating texts. See AFTINET media release here.
Tell the Australian trade Minister to say no to the TPP in the RCEP here.
20 February 2017: US President Trump says countries like Australia are “freeloading” because our government regulates medicine prices through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
The PBS is a vital part of Australia’s health system because it helps to ensure lifesaving medicines are affordable and accessible.
At a meeting with pharmaceutical companies in January, Mr Trump said:
February 8, 2017: AFTINET welcomes the report of the Senate inquiry in which Labor has said that the US withdrawal from the TPP means it will not happen and that the implementing legislation should be deferred. The Greens and the Nick Xenophon team have rejected the TPP.
Media Release February 7, 2017: “AFTINET welcomes the conclusion of the ALP members of the Senate inquiry into the TPP that the implementing legislation should not proceed but be deferred,” AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.“However we believe that the TPP is not in Australia’s interest and the Australian Parliament should not approve the implementing legislation either now or in the future,” read the full release here.
February 6, 2017: Many prominent media commentators say the demise of the TPP is no loss for Australia, and reiterate the concerns of public health, environment, union and other community organisations. Instead of endorsing a failed agreement, the Australian Government should strive for better trade deals in the future.
Media Release: 6 February, 2017: Fifty-three diverse health, church, union, environment and aid organisations representing more than two million Australians have endorsed a letter calling on Labor to reject the failed TPP and ensure fairness in future trade deals, including the RCEP.
“Not only would it be futile to endorse an agreement that would never come into effect but it would also be damaging for future trade debate in Australia,” they write.
Media Release January 31, 2017: "The latest leaked Trade in Services documents confirm that the negotiations are driven by the interests of global services companies that want to maximise profitable trade in services and minimise government regulation in the public interest. Many of these are similar to proposals in the now-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP),” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network of community groups (AFTINET) said today. Read the full release here.
January 24, 2017: Dr Particia Ranald's oped in the Fairfax media argues for inclusive and progressive fair trade policies as an alternative to both fundamentalist 'free' trade and Trump and Hansen's knee-jerk nationalism and discrimination based on fear.