Trans-Pacific Partnership

Shameful TPP tradeoffs loom at March secret meeting

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.

Medical Journal and AMA warn of TPP dangers to health and call for release of text

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",

US could rewrite Australian Law after TPP signed

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.