Abbott set to sign highly secretive TPP agreement this month The Abbott Coalition looks set to sign off on the highly secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership later this month, but what will it mean for ordinary Australians?
WHAT SORT of “Trade Agreement” manages to both criminalise internet use and force coal seam fracking onto communities?
The answer to this is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a pact that has the ominous potential to achieve both these corporate objectives — and many more.
Of course, we cannot know the exact effects of the TPP, as the negotiations over the past few years have been held in secret. However, two leaked chapters – out of the 26 or more under negotiation – have caused more than their fair share of concern. Read article
"Most Australians would be horrified if they knew what Tony Abbott might be about to sign away: Australia's health, environmental and consumer protection laws are on the chopping block," said Senator Scott Ludlam.
"The transnational tobacco, pharmaceutical and media corporations want to grant themselves the power to sue governments for passing laws they don't like. Draft copies of the secret trade agreement have been provided to corporate lobbyists but not ordinary citizens. The TPP is an example of massive corporate overreach, and Australians would do well to join with people in other countries objecting to this agreement.