Media Release, September 9 2016: “We are alarmed by reports that US Senate Finance Committee Orrin Hatch says the US administration has “made progress” in talks with Australia and other TPP countries to find a way to increase data protection for costly lifesaving biologic drugs from eight years in the current TPP text to twelve years,” said Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network.
6 September 2016
The inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties was interrupted by the early election, but will resume with public hearings likely in October. After the inquiry, the TPP implementing legislation will be introduced to Parliament, and the aim remains to legislate this year.
But the Committee is dominated by the government and relies on a report done by DFAT, which negotiated the deal. A Senate Inquiry could produce a more independent and critical report.