Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a proposed new regional free trade agreement which builds on an existing Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand, Chile, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam. The negotiations now include the United States, Australia, Peru, Vietnam and Malaysia, with several others including Japan expressing interest in joining.

Official negotiations began in Melbourne on 15th March 2010. Four negotiation meetings were held during 2010 and a further 5 official negotiating rounds have been scheduled during 2011. The following are the remaining dates and locations of negotiating rounds for 2011-12.

  • Location and Timing of 10th Round: The 10th round from 1-9 March, Melbourne Australia
  • details of future rounds is currently unavailable, we have been informed that a total of 5 are scheduled for 2012

AFTINET Community Education Leaflets:

China- Australia FTA (ChAFTA) lopsided

The China-Australia FTA text  released on June 17, 2015 shows the Australian government made huge concessions on temporary labour and investor rights in its desperation to complete the deal. AFTINET's preliminary analysis  reveals that the Australian Government has increased numbers of temporary migrant workers and has agreed that Chinese investors will be able to sue Australian governments if they can claim that a change in law or policy "harms" their investment, known as Investor-State Disputes or ISDS, but those provisions are unfinished and ambiguous.

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