Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
MEDIA RELEASE, 16 March 2017: Representatives from all TPP countries except the US missed an opportunity to strive for fairer trade deals when they praised the dead TPP in a statement following a meeting today in Viña del Mar, Chile.
15 March 2017: Chilean community organisations have united to protest the TPP and the corporate agenda of regional trade deals as trade ministers meet in Viña del Mar this week to discuss the post-TPP future.
MEDIA RELEASE, March 9 2017: Two hundred organisations from 15 countries have urged trade ministers meeting in Chile next week not to use the failed TPP as a model for future agreements.
20 February 2017: US President Trump says countries like Australia are “freeloading” because our government regulates medicine prices through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
The PBS is a vital part of Australia’s health system because it helps to ensure lifesaving medicines are affordable and accessible.
At a meeting with pharmaceutical companies in January, Mr Trump said:
February 8, 2017: AFTINET welcomes the report of the Senate inquiry in which Labor has said that the US withdrawal from the TPP means it will not happen and that the implementing legislation should be deferred. The Greens and the Nick Xenophon team have rejected the TPP.
February 6, 2017: Many prominent media commentators say the demise of the TPP is no loss for Australia, and reiterate the concerns of public health, environment, union and other community organisations. Instead of endorsing a failed agreement, the Australian Government should strive for better trade deals in the future.
6 February, 2017: Fifty-three diverse health, church, union, environment and aid organisations representing more than two million Australians have endorsed a letter calling on Labor to reject the failed TPP and ensure fairness in future trade deals, including the RCEP.
“Not only would it be futile to endorse an agreement that would never come into effect but it would also be damaging for future trade debate in Australia,” they write.
January 24, 2017: Dr Particia Ranald's oped in the Fairfax media argues for inclusive and progressive fair trade policies as an alternative to both fundamentalist 'free' trade and Trump and Hansen's knee-jerk nationalism and discrimination based on fear.