Tag: Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network

U.S. Senate votes down TPP FastTrack bill:

Press Release – Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network The conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is now in doubt following the defeat in the US Senate of a proposal to advance the FastTrack Bill. The Fast Track Bill would prevent the U.S. Congress from amending the TPP, and instead …U.S. Senate votes down TPP FastTrack bill: TPP deal now in doubt “The conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal is now in doubt following the defeat in the US Senate of a proposal to advance the FastTrack Bill. The Fast Track Bill would prevent the U.S. Congress from amending the TPP, and instead allow only a yes or no vote,” Dr Patricia Ranald Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) said today. “In what the New York Times has called a ‘stinging rebuke’ the Obama administration failed to get the required 60 votes in the Senate, with most Democrats opposed. This reflects a huge US community campaign which has pressured the majority of Democrats and some Republicans to oppose fast track for the TPP because of their concerns that the TPP would restrict future US policy on cheaper medicines, copyright and food labelling, and would enable foreign corporations to sue the US government over changes in domestic legislation. These are the same concerns being expressed by community organisations in Australia,” said Dr...

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How US Could Rewrite Australian Laws Through TPP

Press Release – Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network Media Release Website reveals how US could rewrite Australian medicine, media content and data storage laws through Trans-Pacific trade deal (TPP)Media Release Website reveals how US could rewrite Australian medicine, media content and data storage laws through Trans-Pacific trade deal (TPP) August 13, 2014 “A new website has been launched today http://tppnocertification.org/ which reveals that the United States claims the right to vet and approve other countries’ laws before it will allow a trade and investment treaty to come into force,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment network, said today. “For Australia this would include laws for longer and stronger patents for medicines, which would make new medicines cost more. The US could also demand changes to Australian local content laws for television and radio, laws which require individual health data to be stored in Australia, and even requirements for blood products to be processed in Australia,” explained Dr Ranald. The website reveals that the certification process has existed for many years, but it has been used more intensively in the past decade because the US Congress was dissatisfied with how some countries had been implementing their US free trade agreements. The draft Fast Track legislation introduced to Congress several months ago, but not yet passed, contains a new and extensive certification provision: CONSULTATIONS PRIOR...

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TPPA leaders’ statement hides deep divisions

Press Release – Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network The stated goal of the TPP Leaders and Ministers Statements to conclude the TPPA this year is unlikely to be achieved. The bland language hides deep divisions between the 12 diverse governments, caused by extreme US demands, Dr Patricia …TPPA leaders’ statement hides deep divisions caused by extreme US demands “The stated goal of the TPP Leaders’ and Ministers’ Statements to conclude the TPPA this year is unlikely to be achieved. The bland language hides deep divisions between the 12 diverse governments, caused by extreme US demands,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today. Dr Ranald is in Bali monitoring the TPPA talks which took place at the 21-nation APEC Leaders’ meeting. “Moreover, the absence of President Obama caused by conflict in the US Congress over the US Budget also suggests that he cannot guarantee that Congress will grant the Trade Promotion Authority needed for US Congressional approval of the TPPA,” said Dr Ranald. “The most divisive issues have been omitted from the Statements, and they only report ‘significant progress’ on the issues which are listed. In fact, the US wants to impose regulatory frameworks in the TPPA which suit its largest industries and corporations, but tie the hands of other governments and prevent them from regulating in the public interest, and these...

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Fair Trade Rallies slam demands for higher medicine prices

Press Release – Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) talks resume in Peru next week between Australia, the US, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam. Japan will join the talks later this year. Fair Trade Rallies slam demands for higher medicine prices before Trans-Pacific Trade talks resume in Peru Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) talks resume in Peru next week between Australia, the US, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam. Japan will join the talks later this year. Fair Trade groups are rallying in Sydney and Melbourne as part of International Fair Trade day to protest at proposals to increase medicines prices, increase copyright restrictions on the internet, reduce Australian content in film and television and give foreign investors the right to sue governments over health and environment laws. Melbourne: Saturday May 11, 11 am, corner Bourke and Elizabeth Sts. Sydney: Saturday May 11, 12 noon, Martin Place, corner Castlereagh St “We know from leaked documents that US global corporations are driving the agenda in the TPPA talks. Pharmaceutical companies want stronger patents and higher prices for medicines, IT companies want copyright restrictions on the internet, media companies want to reduce Australian content in film and TV, and tobacco companies like Philip Morris want the right to sue governments over tobacco advertising laws,” Dr Patricia Ranald,...

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Community Group lockout spotlights secrecy of TPP

Press Release – Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network “Over 20 international representatives of health, union, consumer and environment organisations have been locked out of the Trans-Pacific talks venue in Auckland,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network …Media Release December 4, 2012 Community Group lockout spotlights secrecy of Trans-Pacific trade talks in Auckland “Over 20 international representatives of health, union, consumer and environment organisations have been locked out of the Trans-Pacific talks venue in Auckland,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today. “Many have travelled long distances at great expense, with no advance warning that they would be locked out for nine of the ten days of the negotiations.” “This is an unprecedented increase in the level of secrecy for these negotiations,” added Dr Ranald.. “It is bad enough that negotiating documents are secret and not available for public discussion. But at previous talks we have at least been allowed access to the public areas of the venue so we could speak to negotiators informally between sessions and arrange appointments with them.” “In Auckland we are only being allowed in for one day of formal presentations, and locked out for the other nine days. This is ironic for New Zealand, which has a reputation as a vibrant and open democracy.” Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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