Information about TPP

18 Apr

Published on AFTINET (http://aftinet.org.au/cms)

http://aftinet.org.au/cms/print/700

TPP: Corporate power versus peoples’ rights

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a free trade agreement  being negotiated between Australia, the US, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Japan and Vietnam. Details of negotiations are secret, but we know from leaked documents and limited public information that this agreement is not mainly about trade in goods. The agenda is being driven by the US on behalf of its global corporations, who want changes to our laws which would suit corporations
but reduce peoples’ rights. Learn more:

[1]Foreign companies could sue our governments! [1]
Special rights for foreign investors to sue governments over health and environment laws

 

Big costs to our health [2]
Higher medicine prices

 

Impacts on workers’ rights and the environment [3]
Race to the bottom on workers’ rights and the environment

Internet Freedom under threat [4]
 

Threats to sustainable, healthy food [5]
 

Australian content in media could be reduced [6]
 

Secrecy [7]
Secret deals are not democratic!

4 Responses to “Information about TPP”

  1. stuartbramhall April 19, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    Wonderful to see Australians mobilizing against this treaty. Here in New Plymouth we’ve been holding major protests against it for over a year.

    • auntyuta April 19, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

      Does it not depend now on our politicians how they’re going to vote, for it or against it?

      “Mr Obama is trying to give momentum to a bipartisan deal announced on Thursday for legislation that, if passed, would make it easier for the administration to negotiate trade deals. He’s also seeking to close a deal with 11 other nations on an accord, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that would cover about 40 per cent of global trade.”

      “Supporters of fast track need bipartisanship in both Houses. Republicans control the Senate 54-46, but 60 votes are needed to advance legislation. In the House, a group of Republicans plan to oppose trade authority, so some Democrats are needed to get to a majority.”

      http://www.smh.com.au/world/barack-obama-plays-china-card-in-tpp-sales-pitch-20150418-1mntdv.html

      • stuartbramhall April 20, 2015 at 11:52 am #

        Kiwis have been kicking up such a major uproar over TPP – which has enjoyed pretty good coverage in the media – that one of our minor parties has introduced a private member’s bill that would make it illegal for New Zealand to sign any treaty with an Investor State Dispute Settlement (ie allowing corporations to sue NZ over loss of profits). Since ISDS is what TPP is all about, the bill would also make it illegal for our prime minister to sign TPP: http://duncancotterill.com/news/bill-drawn-from-members-ballot-seeks-to-stifle-tppa

      • auntyuta April 20, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

        Gee, Stuart, I do like a bill like this! Thanks for telling me about it. 🙂

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