CPTPP (previously TPP)
Comprehensive and Porgressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership
The Australia Institute has issued a media release titled Aussies in the dark about risky TPP trade deal, following their recent study on Australian's knowledge and attitudes towards the TPP. The study found most Australians were not even aware that the deal was being negotiated.
Australia has been accused of failing to defend its historic plain packaging tobacco legislation, with one report from Singapore talks describing Australia as a ‘‘constant stumbling block’’ to other nations attempting to secure the right to follow suit, reports Peter Martin in the Sydney Morning Herald.
An Australian-based mining company is taking over a mine in El Salvador, blocked by their government for environmental reasons. But the miners have legal power on their side, writes Jemma Williams in the New Matilda
The mining company, recently aquired by Australia-based OceanaGold, is suing the government of El Salvador for almost half of the national schools budget in an international tribunal.
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.