Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

TPP death means Labor should reject Turnbull zombie legislation

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.

AFTINET calls for Senate to block TPP as government backs a dead agreement

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.

Report shows trade agreements have boosted medicine and copyright monopolies

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. 

Government majority backs a dead horse but Labor and Greens slam TPP

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.

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