Public Meeting in Newtown on the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Media Alert March 2014
Public Meeting in Newtown on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
6.30pm, Monday March 10
Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Bedford St (Opposite Newtown Station)
Ranald, Convener, Australian Fair Trade and Investment
Michael Whaites, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association
Isabel McIntosh, Lock the Gate Alliance
Simon Frew, Pirate PartyThe Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a free trade agreement involving Australia, the US, and ten other countries. Negotiations are secretive and the agenda is being driven by US corporations. They want:
Stronger patents on medicines leading to higher prices for
- Special rights for foreign investors to sue governments over health and environmental laws
- Stronger copyrights laws which would cost schools and libraries more and restrict internet freedom
- Less Australian content in film and television
There is as yet no agreement to protect basic workers’ rights and no enforceable environmental protections.
This community-run public meeting aims to raise awareness about the TPP in the community and send a strong message to the government that there is rising public concern about the agreement.