ABC breakfast radio reports that Australia, New Zealand and Canada have caved in to US pressure on patents and medicines as part of negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership talks in Singapore, and the US has reportedly prevailed in its demands for longer and stronger patent laws on generic medicines.
The Sydney Morning Herald’s economics editor, Ross Gittins, publishes some strong criticisms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in an article titled ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership with US should hold fears’
More than 40 Australian senior academics have endorsed a letter to the Minister for Health, Peter Dutton outlining their concerns about the negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its potential impact on public health and medicines.
Following more leaked TPP documents, Peter Martin publishes the article ‘Leaked memo shows steep concessions for Pacific trade deal’ in the Sydney Morning Herald. The leaked documents, published by The Huffington Post and WikiLeaks, are a memo and spreadsheet prepared by negotiators from one of the 12 nations attempting to reach agreement.
The Guardian published an overview of the agreement titled ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership: a guide to the most contentious issues’. They list each of the following issues by sub-heading: Intellectual property, Investment, E-commerce, Medicines and health, Environment, Financial regulation, Labour rights, Tobacco control and Agriculture.
Trade Minister Robb has admitted that he is ready to allow foreign investors the right to sue governments as part of the TPP.
The government claims that health and environment legislation have been carved out from the ISDS clauses in the agreement. But this has proved impossible in other agreements, where investors have pursued cases even when there have been so-called exemptions for health and environment laws.
Peter Martin writes about the secrecy surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, reporting that “the government has refused the Senate access to the secret text of the trade deal it is negotiating in Singapore, saying it will only be made public after it has been signed.”
Deborah Gleeson published an article on The Conversation titled ‘What you need to know about the Trans Pacific Partnership’ as ministers meet in Singapore.
Also in the Conversation, Brigitte Tenni published: ‘US concessions don’t give Trans Pacific partners access to drugs’