Over 40 organisations, including church, public health, pensioner, union, environment and aid and development organisations, have endorsed a letter to the new Trade Minister Andrew Robb expressing strong opposition to proposals in the TPPA on investor rights to sue governments, access to medicines, copyright, Australian media content and food labelling and urging him to reject these proposals.
An obscure clause buried in the Liberal-National Coalition’s manufacturing policy says they will ‘appoint at least one industry representative who will be directly included in the negotiation of Free Trade Agreements’. The policy is on p.14 of the Coalition Manufacturing policy released last week. As it was not in the Coalition trade policy, AFTINET only became aware of it today, after we had sent out our comparison of parties’ trade policies.
This is an extraordinary and probably unworkable policy for three reasons.
The global union movement has produced a short video of workers in all of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) countries discussing the impact of the free trade agreement.
Workers from around the world speak out about downward pressure on wages and labour rights, more polluted air and water, reduced access to life saving medicines, and more powerful corporations influencing our laws and trying to override our voices.
They have also created a petition targeting all the countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Sign the petition here.
U.S. public health and medical groups applauded Malaysia's historic proposal to "carve out" tobacco from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPPA), a trade pact now being negotiated by the U.S. and 11 other nations.
Civil Society stakeholders who attended the Brunei round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are very disappointed that no formal report from the Chief Negotiators was presented, nor the opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions in a forum where all could hear the answers.
Read their media release here.
AFTINET's convener Dr Patricia Ranald spoke to ABC radio this morning from Brunei, where she is observing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) currently under negotiation.
Dr Ranald reports on the progress of the negotiation and talks about Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and how it could affect our health and environmental regulation, using the examples of tobacco and coal seam gas mining.
As negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) continue in Brunei, the Sydney Morning Herald's Peter Martin reports on the unresolved issues, including a tobacco clause which would allow tobacco companies the right to sue governments when nations put in place regulation in the interests of public health.