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.
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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.
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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.