February 14, 2015 Leading Australian and NZ medical experts have joined others from TPP countries in the International Medical Journal The Lancet to warn that the TPP threatens health and to call for public release and wide discussion of the text of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
The TPP negotiations between Australia US, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam have dragged on into 2015. The US is driving the agenda and many deadlines have been missed because other governments have not agreed to US demands on behalf of their major export industries, which would be favourable for them but which would reduce people’s rights.
Februrary 9, 2015 Key health bodies have called for greater transparency in negotiation of the TPP to ensure Australians' access to medicines and public health initiatives are not adversely affected by the finer details of such a deal.
Australian Medical Association vice president Dr Stephen Parnis said assurances made by the federal government last year that it would not enter into an agreement that would have negative effects on Australia's health system were not enough."There must be a greater degree of transparency; we can't simply accept assurances from the government that health won't be compromised. The specifics really matter here",
Media Release February 9, 2015
New evidence has emerged that the US blackmailed Australia into agreeing to additional changes to Australian copyright law after the Australia-US free trade agreement implementation legislation was passed in 2004. The US refused to finally ratify the agreement without additional changes which gave even more rights to copyright holders at the expense of consumers. The same process is likely to occur if the TPP is signed this year,” Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Coordinator, said today.
A study by health experts published in late December 2014 examines the potential costs for Australia of a proposal in the leaked intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Trade deal which would delay the availability of cheaper generic medicines and would cost taxpayers over $205 million in one year,
January 30, 2015:Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz warns in the New York Times that US proposals at ongoing TPP talks would strengthen monopoly rights for pharmaceutical companies to delay cheaper generic medicines, and would undermine government regulation of drug prices.
January 27, 2015
A letter from 47 Australian community groups tells Trade Minister that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not not in the national interest
The New York Times reported on January 8 that a broad coalition of Democratic lawmakers and activists from organized labor, environmental, religious and civil rights groups is stepping up efforts to stop congress from granting "Fast Track" passage of the TPP, forbidding amendments and allowing only a yes or no vote.