February 8, 2016: AFTINET welcomes the report of the Senate inquiry in which Labor has said that the US withdrawal from the TPP means it will not happen and that the implementing legislation should be deferred. The Greens and the Nick Xenophon team have rejected the TPP.
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February 6, 2017: Many prominent media commentators say the demise of the TPP is no loss for Australia, and reiterate the concerns of public health, environment, union and other community organisations. Instead of endorsing a failed agreement, the Australian Government should strive for better trade deals in the future.
6 February, 2017: Fifty-three diverse health, church, union, environment and aid organisations representing more than two million Australians have endorsed a letter calling on Labor to reject the failed TPP and ensure fairness in future trade deals, including the RCEP.
“Not only would it be futile to endorse an agreement that would never come into effect but it would also be damaging for future trade debate in Australia,” they write.
January 24, 2017: Dr Particia Ranald's oped in the Fairfax media argues for inclusive and progressive fair trade policies as an alternative to both fundamentalist 'free' trade and Trump and Hansen's knee-jerk nationalism and discrimination based on fear.
MEDIA RELEASE, January 23 2017: “President Donald Trump’s statement confirming the US withdrawal from the TPP has definitely killed the deal, and it would be futile for Prime Minister Turnbull to persist with the implementing legislation for ratification of a dead agreement,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network of community groups (AFTINET) said today.
PM Turnbull wants to push ahead with a vote on the failed TPP's implementing legislation in the Australian Parliament. Will you ask Labor's trade spokesperson to publicly commit to VOTE NO to the TPP? Read more.
Jan 17, 2017: Labor, The Greens and the Nick Xenophon team have all declared they won’t support the dead TPP. But Labor has said it will make a decision about the implementing legislation when and if the legislation is introduced to Parliament.
Media release, January 16, 2017: "The Prime Minister is backing a dead horse in his attempt to push the TPP implementing legislation through the Parliament despite the fact that Donald Trump has said the US will withdraw from the agreement,” Dr Patricia Ranald said today.The Australian Senate inquiry into the TPP will report on February 7.
20 December, 2016: The Productivity Commission Final Report on Australia’s intellectual property policy shows how it has been constrained by trade agreements. Global pharmaceutical companies have successfully lobbied for longer monopolies in trade agreements which have delayed the availability of cheaper medicines, resulting in higher prices.