18 October 2016: Australia's biggest business organisation was highly critical of the TPP at a parliamentary hearing yesterday. Rather than facilitate trade, the ACCI expressed concerns that it could actually make trade more complex, adding to the noodle bowl of complex trading terms that business has to navigate. This would further complicate compliance and costs for business. Read the full article here.
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
16 October 2016: The Australia Senate has passed a motion brought by independent senator Jacqui Lambie to ban ISDS from being included in trade agreements.
October 11, 2016: Representatives from AFTINET, the Public Health Association of Australia and the ACTU are heading to Canberra today to address a cross-party forum on the TPP hosted by ALP MP Josh Wilson, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Senator Nick Xenophon.
Media Release, October 11, 2016: Fair trade groups, public health groups and unions will argue that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is not in the public interest, and that its implementing legislation should be blocked by the Senate, at a forum hosted by ALP MP Josh Wilson, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Senator Nick Xenophon.
10 October 2016: In their article The New Rules of the Road: A Progressive Approach to Globalisation, Jared Bernstein and Lori Wallach argue that a new approach to trade is needed when a new President takes office in the US.
10 October 2016: At the recent Parliamentary inquiry hearings into the TPP, lawyer for Philip Morris Sam Luttrell told the committee that there was “hysteria" around the Phillip Morris case over plain packaging laws in Australia.
7 October 2016: Unions, environment groups and AFTNET supporters rallied in Melbourne today against the TPP outside of the national parliamentary inquiry hearings being held around the country. The rally followed other recent protests in Sydney and Perth.
Protesters called for Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon team to #BlockTheTPP in the Senate, where the Government does not have a majority.
October 6, 2016: Diverse community groups including AFTINET, Unions WA and The Greens banded together to rally to Stop the TPP in Perth on Wednesday. The rally was part of nationwide protests coinciding with the TPP Parliamentary Inquiry hearings around the country.
October 3, 2016: Portugal is facing a €42 million ISDS claim after it cancelled a deal to privatise part of Lisbon’s public transport system. It’s yet another case of ISDS being used to intimidate governments for democratic decision-making in the public interest.