The TPP restricts our ability to place health warning labels on food and alcohol products, or to shift towards a more locally sustainable food production system.
CPTPP (previously TPP)
Comprehensive and Porgressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership
The draft text of the environment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a Chair's report were released by Wikileaks last week. Michael Safi writes for the Global Mail about the leaks, reporting that the environmental protections it does contain are "virtually meaningless", that many disagreements still remain, and that Australia and the United States are the only countries of the 12 negotiating the agreement to object to an article dealing with climate change.
The Philip Morris tobacco company is trying to use investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses in an obscure 1993 Australia-Kong Kong investment agreement to sue the government for damages in an international tribunal over the tobacco plain packaging legislation.
James Panichi reports that this case has disrupted trade talks between the United States and Europe as it calls into question the inclusion of ISDS clauses. Read the article on Inside Story.
"Under the secretive Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, Australia could be forced to pay foreign corporations not to dig up or destroy its coastline or native forests," he writes.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations have been widely criticised for their secrecy. Under the current process, the details of the deal were kept secret until after the text was agreed, and Cabinet, not Parliament makes the decision to sign the agreement. Parliament does not get to vote on the whole text, only on the implementing legislation.
A community-run forum on the TPP will be held in Melbourne's CBD on the 5th of Feburary from 6pm-7.30pm.
Speakers for the forum include:
Julia Gillard describes in The Guardian how tobacco companies are using trade agreements to undermine tobacco regulation and why investor rights to sue governments should not be included in the TPP and other trade agreements.
AFTINET Convener, Dr. Patricia Ranald, talks about the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in the TPP at a NGO press conference in Singapore during TPP talks in December 2013.
Dr Ranald acknowledges the risks ISDS pose to health and environmental regulation, and why it is so controversial in Australia.