11 November 2016: Even if the TPP never goes into effect, its damage will be felt worldwide - in the form of the election of President Donald Trump, writes Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.
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November 10, 2016: The shock election of Donald Trump as the next US President does not necessarily mean the TPP will never be ratified, as some are predicting. In fact, the TPP could still pass the current lame duck Congress held before Mr Trump is sworn into office on January 20 next year.
6 November 2016: Peter Martin writes in Fairfax Media, that the RCEP is "another massive deal you've never heard of” which has ISDS on the agenda, despite the strong opposition ISDS has created to the TPP, and predicts the TPP’s demise . He cites a statement from hundreds of US law professors opposing ISDS because it would allow foreign investors to bypass "the basic procedures of the US justice system” .
MEDIA RELEASE, November 7 2016: “The Australian government should reject the push from US Republican Congress members to increase biologic medicine monopolies by seven years, even more than the extra three years which has already been agreed in the TPP text,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today.
28 October, 2016: There is an almost even chance that the TPP will get through the US congress as the Obama administration ‘works the phones’, The Australian reports.
We can’t afford to be complacent here in Australia in the hope that the TPP won’t make it in the US. Today is the last day to make a submission to the TPP Senate inquiry - click here to find out how.
October 25, 2016: Australia could be hit with an ever-increasing number of multimillion dollar legal claims from foreign corporations if the TPP is ratified, a new report has warned.
The report, researched by Dr Kyla Tienhaara (ANU) and commissioned by GetUp, warns that the Australian Senate should look at Canada’s experience before considering the TPP implementing legislation.
October 22, 2016: It's great to see students from the University of Melbourne chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) taking to Twitter to lobby Labor Trade Spokesperson Jason Clare to #BlockTheTPP.
The students share AFTINET's concerns about the TPP's impact on access to medicines in the developing world and the cost of longer biologics monopolies here in Australia.
20 October 2016: Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon is threatening to an independent tribunal if the Government keeps refusing to reveal how much it cost to defend the plain packaging ISDS case brought by tobacco giant Philip Morris. Read the full article here.
18 October 2016: Unions called for the TPP to be rejected at a parliamentary hearing on Monday, citing an independent analysis showing it could destroy 39,000 jobs by 2025.
ACTU's director of policy Belinda Tkalcevic said: The TPP is a toxic combination of more power to multinationals ahead of democracy and globalisation ahead of Australian workers.