Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
We're starting to win the trade debate, but this is only the beginning: already, corporate representatives and the Turnbull Government are already looking for ways to push through the TPP under a different name. We need your financial support in 2017 - Will you help by making a donation?
Media Release, 30 November 2016: The report of the Government-majority Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has predictably endorsed the ratification of the TPP. However ALP committee members’ critical comments on the report described some TPP provisions as “risky and harmful to Australia’s interests,” expressed “concerns about ratifying the TPP in terms of both content and process,” and criticised the haste to ratify when it appears certain that the TPP will not proceed. The Greens’ dissenting report called for rejection of the agreement.
29 November 2016: ABC business editor Ian Verrender writes that the TPP was not really about trade, and rather about the US getting stronger intellectual property rights for its pharmaceutical, communications and entertainment corporations.
That is anti-competitive, highly protectionist and certainly does not qualify as free trade,” he says. Read the article here.
Donald Trump didn’t kill the TPP. His opposition was only the final blow which came at the end of more than six years of criticism in the US, Australia and other countries by public health, environment, church, union and other community groups, writes AFTINET Convener Pat Ranald for Fairfax media.
22 November 2016: There were a lot of different media reports flying around about the future of the TPP during the APEC meeting in Lima over the weekend. Here’s our explainer.
14 November 2016: Over the weekend, the US administration confirmed that they would not push the TPP through the current lame duck Congress: effectively abandoning the deal.
While Trump's election may have dealt the final blow, it's been people like you and organisations like ours which have campaigned since 2010 against the TPP's corporate agenda.
The TPP could still pass in a lame duck session of the US Congress held before Trump is sworn in to office in late January 2017.