More than 70 organisations including 54 regional groups ranging from Mirboo in Victoria, to the Cassowary Coast in North Queensland, to Walgett in NSW, in traditional areas of Coalition support, have endorsed a letter to Trade Minister Andrew Robb. They oppose foreign investor rights to sue governments for damages in international tribunals over environmental regulation of coal seam gas mining.
AFTINET is hosting a public seminar to be held at NSW Parliament on Tuesday the 22nd of October from 12-2pm.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership endgame: corporate rights or peoples’ rights?
The US, Australia, New Zealand and nine other Pacific Rim countries have been negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) trade agreement for the last three years. The pressure is on to finish the negotiations this year. But the agreement is not mainly about trade.
Date: 22nd October, 12-2pm
Venue: NSW Parliament, Macquarie Room
Please RSVP by COB October 21 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Workers' rights weak and not enforceable
Copyright law is meant to maintain a balance between the right of creators to a reasonable income through payments for the use of their work, and the rights of consumers to fair use of information. Most copyright is now held by corporations, which lobby for trade agreements to extend their rights.
Stronger monopolies leading to higher medicine prices
Pharmaceutical companies already have 20 years of patents for monopoly higher prices on new medicines before cheaper versions become available.
The TPP includes rights for foreign corporations to sue governments for millions of dollars in international tribunals if they can argue that a change in domestic law or policy at national, state or local level will ‘harm’ their investment, known as Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).
Trade and Technology: What does the TPPA mean for Australia?
Public discussion of TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and broader trade related issues on topics ranging from (but not limited to): Digital Rights, Cultural Goods and services, eCommerce, IP, Copyright, Privacy, Biotech and GMO's, Health (and PBS), International Dispute settlement, Export/import markets, including impacts on food production and foreign investment.
Places are limited. Event sponsored by Swinburne University. Register here.
AFTINET's Dr Patricia Ranald was interviewed about the Abbott government's policy on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) and investor rights to sue governments on the ABC Radio National program PM