See the great images from our successful rally and street theatre outside the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Sydney on March 13, 2015.
The Senate Inquiry into Australia's trade agreement process is ongoing.The current process is secret, and Cabinet makes the decision to sign trade agreements before the text is published. AFTINET's submission (attached below) supports more open negotiations and public release of the final text of trade agreements for independent scrutiny, public and parliamentary debate before the decision to sign them by Parliament. If you want to make a short submission, some helpful points are here
March 3, 2015: A report released today by a large team of academics and non-government health organisations reveals that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) poses risks to the health of Australians in areas such as provision of affordable medicines, tobacco and alcohol policies and nutrition labelling. See Peter Martin's front page article in the Age, SMH and Canberra Times
February 28, 2015:Gabrielle Chan reports in The Guardian that the TPP could allow a foreign company to sue the government for damages if sales dropped after country of origin labelling was introduced, says the Public Health Association. See full article here
February 21, 2015: Peter Martin's article "Trans Pacific Partnership. What's the deal being negotiated in our name?" discusses the impact of the TPP on medicines and health,foreign investor rights to sue governments, copyright and finds no evidence of economic benefits.
The TPP secret negotiations between Australia US, Japan and nine other countries are still dragging on. The US is driving the agenda on behalf of its pharmaceutical, media, tobacco and other industries. The danger is that our government will agree to shameful deals for higher medicine prices and allow foreign companies to sue governments over health, environment and workers’ rights.
But our campaign is growing and is having an impact. See the GetUP video and the front page article in the Sydney Morning Herald,The Age and the Canberra Times.
Say no to shameful deals and call for the release of the TPP text before it is signed!
Join us on Friday March 13 at 12.30 pm outside the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade office, Angel Place Bldg, 123 Pitt St, Sydney