Further update January 2017: Even though the TPP is dead without the support of the United States, PM Turnbull wants to push ahead with a vote on its implementing legislation in the Australian Parliament. Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team have all declared they won’t support the dead TPP. But Labor said it will decide about the implementing legislation when and if it is introduced to Parliament.
Will you ask Labor to commit to reject the TPP?
If Labor, the Greens and the crossbench Senators unite to block it, they can stop him. Please sign and share the petition calling on all Senators to stand with Australians and vote down the TPP. http://www.australianunions.org.au/tpp
Turnbull presses on …https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/24/turnbull-and-the-tpp-desperately-pressing-ahead-despite-negligible-benefits?CMP=soc_567
Pat Ranald http://www.smh.com.au/comment/time-for-progressive-fair-trade-policies-20170123-gtxeju.html
Update November 2016: With Trump and TPP death result of six years of community campaigns.
The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network welcomes reports that the Obama administration has abandoned attempts to push the TPP through the current lame duck Congress, the Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network Dr Patricia Ranald said.
“The Trump election victory may have dealt the final blow but fair trade groups have campaigned since 2010 against the TPP corporate agenda, in Australia, the US and other TPP countries. The TPP gave more rights to global corporations but made it harder for governments to regulate them in the public interest.
“Economic studies showed the TPP did not deliver on promises of jobs and growth. It gave global companies the right to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in unfair international tribunals over health and environmental regulation. It extended monopolies on biologic medicines, delaying cheaper version of those medicines, which would have cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars per year. It also entrenched copyright monopolies. It increased the numbers of temporary migrant workers who are vulnerable to exploitation, without enforceable provisions to protect workers’ rights,” said Dr Ranald.
“We note that the US administration is to meet with other TPP governments on the margins of the APEC meeting in Lima, Peru later this week, and will discuss future possible alternative trade deals.
“The death of the TPP should mean it is not used as a model for other deals like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) between the 10 ASEAN countries, China, India, Japan Australia and New Zealand.
“We will continue to advocate for fair trade based on the principles of human rights, labour rights and environmental sustainability, and which do not undermine the ability of governments to regulate in the public interest,” said Dr Ranald.
Contact Dr Patricia Ranald 0419 695 841
Further update: Excellent article on TPP and China
The Australian Senate passed a motion to ban Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) from all trade agreements. The motion was moved by Senator Jacqui Lambie, and supported by The Australian Greens, the Australian Labor Party and the Nick Xenophon Team.
Friends of the Earth Trade Spokesperson Kat Moore stated “that this motion passed unchallenged is a tribute to the broad-based opposition to ISDS, and indicates an ever increasing appreciation of the associated risks by all sides of politics.”
For more info about the TPP and FoE’s Economic Justice Collective click here: http://www.melbourne.foe.org.au/economic_justice
The Senate inquiry into the TPP is now calling for submissions: this is an opportunity to make your voice is heard in the Senate, where Labor, the Greens and NXT have a majority and could block the TPP’s implementing legislation.
Your submission doesn’t have to be long. Read here AFTINET for points you can make. You can visit or phone your local MP or Senator. http://aftinet.org.au/cms/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement
“As more evidence emerges of global corporate tax evasion and banking scandals, governments need more rather than less ability to regulate. The TPP would undermine this democratic and sovereign right.
Australian parliamentarians should follow the US Congress’s example and have the courage to reject the TPP implementing legislation, because it is against the public interest.” Read article by Dr Patricia Ranald, research associate at the University of Sydney and convenor of Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network. http://www.smh.com.au/comment/we-should-reject-the-transpacific-partnership-agreement-20160810-gqpb52.html
Every working class person I inform with the TPP details is gob-smacked. They quickly express opposition, quite rightly.
Our LNP Turnbull Government under the guise of so-called “free trade” is urging Parliament to vote for the TPP that will mean the 1% corporate elite has more power to go against and exploit the 99%. How any Parliamentarian or Government Minister can sell-out the Australian people to favor powerful corporate interests is beyond the reasonable person – but that is what the Turnbull government does with the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms.
I support the ACTU’s policies in opposition to TPP. “…independent economic analyses showed the trade deal could destroy 39,000 direct jobs in Australia by 2025. … “The TPP puts globalisation before Australian workers, threatens the fundamentals of our democracy and drives up health costs,” Tkalcevic said. “By destroying thousands of Australian jobs and driving down wages we believe the TPP will lead to higher levels of inequality.
“The TPP is a toxic combination of more power to multinationals ahead of democracy and globalisation ahead of Australian workers.” http://www.actu.org.au/actu-media/media-releases/2016/government-must-back-away-from-tpp-or-risk-39-000-local-jobs
Here is a report where unions are at odds with the ALP over the TPP
Glen Thomson on Twitter: An October 2016 must watch video of speakers in Melbourne against the TPP. . https://twitter.com/gthompson19/status/784206243007049728
I read the ETU submission to the Senate and agree. In particular I support: “Labour Market Testing is a critical tool for ensuing the interests of the Australian domestic workforce are protected. The TPP provisions, which remove, exempt or water down Labor Market Testing requirements in Australia, should be immediately stripped from the TPP and its accompanying documents.
The TPP should require mandatory skills assessment and labour market testing for licensed trades and occupations.”
Transcript of ETU submission http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22committees%2Fcommjnt%2F63dc9d5c-001a-409a-aa2b-c69da8ca6718%2F0006%22
Here is a recent report GetUp from Canada http://cdn.getup.org.au/1931-Canary-in-the-Coal-Mine-Summary.pdf
I support the TPP Resolution at the Public Forum Melbourne Town Hall, 21 April meeting held on and the resolution passed.
“Don’t sell out the people and the environment for corporate profits!
“This Public Forum of unions and community organisations calls on all Parliamentary Parties and Independents in Australia to act in the best interest of people and the environment and decline ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will not improve the lives of ordinary people, but instead undermines the livelihood of working people, local industries, the environment, and our democratic rights and sovereignty to decide what kind of country we want to live and work in.
“The TPP will undermine workers’ rights and working conditions, exploit and trample the environment even more, increase the cost of medicines and public health, remove protection of local jobs and industries, abolish domestic policies that preference employment of local workers and source local materials on government projects and public services, trample on Indigenous rights, undermine public education, and exploit even more overseas workers in Australia.
“The public release of the full TPP Agreement in February 2016 confirms some of our worst fears of the harmful impact of the TPP on people, the environment and our national sovereignty.
“The Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the Trans Pacific Partnership will override domestic public interest laws and policies where bigger profits can be made by the multinationals.
“The Investor State Dispute Chapter provisions empower multinational corporations and foreign investors to sue federal, state and local governments for damages resulting from domestic legislation which they claim could harm increasing the profit-making from their investments.
“We need trade policies that engage unions and community organisations to improve the lives of all working people, uphold human rights, workers’ rights and protect the environment through the inclusion of climate change provisions, and that ensure the protection of our national sovereignty.
“We insist all members of the Australian Parliament:
– Refuse to Ratify the TPP and any trade agreements with ISDS provisions
– Don’t Sell out the People and the Environment for Corporate Profits
“This Public Forum resolves to continue building a broad based public campaign of unions and communities to urge the Australian parliament not to implement enabling legislation required to ratify the corporations-driven Trans Pacific Partnership.
I support the TPP – Unions and Community Roundtable Melbourne opposition – see campaigning website http://tppaustralia.org
I support the arguments from AFTINET http://aftinet.org.au/cms/
AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald told the media that the Senate inquiry was a real opportunity for critical scrutiny of the TPP. “The TPP will undermine our rights by allowing global corporations to bypass national courts and sue governments in unfair international tribunals over health and environment laws,” she said.
President of the Public Health Association of Australia, Michael Moore, said the TPP will delay access to cheaper versions of costly biologic medicines used to treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases, which Australians can only access because they are subsidised by the PBS. He said ” This would cost the PBS hundreds of millions of dollars for each year of delay, and create pressures for higher prices at the chemist.”
ACTU President Ged Kearney said that despite promises, the TPP will not deliver on claims of jobs and growth, or protect workers’ rights. “It has only weak commitments to labour rights that are not enforceable, and does not even ban the products of child and slave labour. It would allow more temporary migrant workers who are vulnerable to exploitation, without testing whether local workers are available.”
I promoted this petition in October from Ged Kearney ACTU President: “I’m against the dodgy TPP deal because I’m for Australian jobs. I’m for Australian health. I’m for Australian democracy.
Why should we let foreign corporations sue us for making laws in the public interest – like getting the cost of medicines down, or restricting exploitative visa programmes?
When Malcolm Turnbull puts this dangerous deal on the table for the Senate to vote on, Labor, the Greens and the crossbench need to unite and say ‘No, enough is enough’.
The politicians need to know this really matters to us voters. Please share this post to get the word out!
Join me in telling all Senators from all parties to stand with the people, not the corporations”:
react-text: 228 www.australianunions.org.au/tpp
Radio 3CR reported of a meeting anti-TPP
I have written reports and posted articles in opposition on my blog. Here are some examples.
1. Here I find out the details in 2015 and post arguments against
I emphasise here that the TPP is the deliberate trade-war against China that with war drums from Obama, Clinton and Trump are against the interests commercially and in terms of people’s friendship with Australia. We have to be independent and neutral between US and China.
Read accounts of union opposition. “Glen Thompson AMWU explains how workers loose out with the TPP and corporate dominance over Australia’s democracy.
It’s outrageous that a government in a democracy can negotiate an agreement that has such an impact on our country and does so in total secrecy.”
See reports from SIGTUR http://www.sigtur.com
2. Here is my February 2016 report of growing opposition to the TPP.
300,000 petition against TPP
Push to stop Parliament ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership February 3, 2016 Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/push-to-stop-parliament-ratifying-the-transpacific-partnership-20160202-gmjiay.html#ixzz3zHCg7nN8
Nearly 60 community organisations are calling for an independent assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership before Parliament is asked to vote on ratifying the agreement.
A large alliance of groups – from World Vision and the Public Health Association, to Greenpeace, the ACTU, Catholic Religious Australia and the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network – have signed a letter warning the agreement poses “grave risks to the public interest” without being independently assessed.
Representing more than 250,000 teachers, academics and professional staff working in schools, colleges, universities, early childhood and vocational settings, the three unions have deep concerns the TPP will fundamentally limit the capacity of Australian governments to protect and preserve the quality of education in Australia.
Read more here http://www.nteu.org.au/article/TPP-threatens-integrity-of-Australian-education-18304
3. When in the US in April I posted my personal report here showing all US unions opposed.
And unions are campaigning strongly in October and here is but one example
The White House is hell-bent on forcing the Trans-Pacific Partnership through ‘Congress during the lame-duck session immediately after the election, when political accountability to constituents is at its lowest.
That’s why it’s critical that workers and unions demand that waffling members of Congress state their opposition to the TPP this October, before the election—while we still have some leverage.
TPP is like a giant version of NAFTA, covering 12 countries around the Pacific. This multinational treaty poses an urgent threat to our democracy, jobs, health, environment, drug prices, and the Internet.
Communications Workers (CWA) Local 3611 member Grant Welch hadn’t even heard of the TPP until he attended a union training in June. Now he’s helping his local to phonebank, asking every member to call their Congressperson. CWA held a national call-in day September 14.
“People are eager and willing to learn,” says Welch, a telecom worker in Raleigh, North Carolina. “We have a group of very passionate young workers who have visited every work center and every yard to tell workers about the TPP.” He and fellow activists have also passed out flyers at Moral Monday rallies, and they’re spreading the word to family and friends.’
I discovered much opposition from the political left e.g. Senator Bernie Sanders on why the TPP has to be defeated https://www.sanders.senate.gov/download/the-trans-pacific-trade-tpp- agreement-must-be-defeated?inline=file,
And the political right – Trump is opposed to the TPP and others http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-15/steven-ciobo-dismisses-concerns-over-tpp-amid-us-opposition/7631490,
and many civil groups. Some here check out the Citizens Trade Campaign, citizenstrade.org, and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, tradewatch.org.
While I was in the US, Hilary Clinton clarified her position. She now opposes.
As a retired citizen with health issues, I am appalled that corporate interests can override the necessity of public investment in subsidizing medicines and preventative health.
Richard Dennis: Turnbull may have torpedoed the TPP
“One thing that is certain after Saturday’s election, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead, and along with it the Coalition’s economic agenda and narrative. The free trade agreements that Andrew Robb signed with China, Korea, and Japan were some of Tony Abbott’s proudest achievements, yet they are exactly the sorts of deals that Pauline Hanson, Nick Xenophon, and Jacqui Lambie believe cost Australian manufacturing workers jobs.
And thanks to Malcolm Turnbull’s new Senate voting rules and double dissolution election, Hanson, Xenophon, and Lambie are now the block of votes that the Coalition will need to win over to pass their legislation when the ALP and Greens are opposed.”
The TPP claimed benefits are a big lie http://aftinet.org.au/cms/node/1191
The Trans-Pacific Partnership provisions ‘questionable’, says Productivity Commission
Even the World Bank sees little benefit:
Vietnam Delays TPP Ratification In Crucial Blow To Obama’s Ambitions
I urge readers to be aware of the political momentum building against the Parliament ratifying this TPP as against the CommonWealth, the sovereign interests of the Australian people.