Trans-Pacific Partnership

TPP Urgent letter to the Trade Minister: Don't trade away our health, sovereignty, democracy

Trade Ministers from the 12 TPP countries will meet in Singapore on December 7-9 to make decisions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). But the US is still exerting strong pressure for stronger patent laws which would result in higher medicine prices, and for investor-state dispute settlement clauses, which allow foreign corporations to sue governments over health and environment laws which are seen to 'harm' their interest. This would affect our ability to regulate in the public interest, and undermine our democracy and sovereignty.

We need to act now to ensure that these proposals are rejected.

Please send this new, updated letter to Trade Minister Andrew Robb asking him to reject proposals in the TPP which would increase medicine prices, and allow foreign investors to sue our governments.

Send the letter to Trade Minister Andrew Robb

TPP Intellectual Property draft chapter leak

WikiLeaks has leaked a draft of the highly controversial intellectual property chapter of the TPP.

Three articles were published in the Sydney Morning Herald today.

Australians may pay the price in Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement by Philip Dorling

Australia backs the US at every turn against its own consumers by Peter Martin

Medicine prices could rise under Trans-Pacific Partnership deal by Julia Medew

See AFTINET's Media Release

14/11/2013

Stiglitz on why investor state dispute settlement is a bad idea

Nobel prize winning economist, Joseph E. Stiglitz comes out strongly against investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in trade and investment deals including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

South Africa is now joining Ecuador and Venezuela in terminating some investment agreements. In his piece, 'South Africa Breaks Out', Stiglitz explains why other countries should follow suit.

Activist from El Salvador to speak at AFTINET's AGM

Guest Speaker: Vidalina Morales

Investor Rights to Sue and Gold Mining in El Salvador

Vidalina Morales is a small scale farmer and a mother of five from El Salvador. In 2006 she discovered that her community was under threat from the El Dorado mining project by Canada-based mining company, Pacific Rim. She is now recognised as one of the leading voices in the environmental defense movement in El Salvador.

 

After widespread community protest, the government in El Salvador suspended mining licences for environmental and public health reasons. Pacific Rim is now using investor-state dispute settlement in a trade agreement to sue the government because this legislation. An Australian company, Oceania Gold, has a major shareholding in the company. Vidalina will speak on behalf of anti-mining group La Mesa.

These are the same investor rights to sue that we are campaigning against in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and other trade agreements.

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