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Fair Trading Agreements

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

A brief summary of the TPPA

The Australian Government is involved in negotiations for a Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) with the USA, Chile, Peru, Brunei, Singapore, New Zealand and Vietnam to develop a multilateral agreement based on the bilateral agreements the USA has with four of these countries. This will resurrect all of the issues that were debated in the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) in 2003-04.

The US government and corporations are campaigning for an agreement which would threaten the affordability of medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, the practice of labelling of genetically engineered food, Australian content rules in film, television and radio, and rules for local content and jobs in government purchasing.

To learn more about the TPPA, visit our About the TPP page with three of our 'Check Out' papers on different aspects of the TPPA.

Latest blog posts on the TPPA

Secrecy in negotiating away people's rights

Posted Jun 30, 2019

Secrecy in negotiating away people's rights

Fifty-two diverse community groups representing millions have written an open letter to the Trade Minister opposing damaging proposals in the RCEP. Negotiators from 16 countries in the giant trade deal are meeting in Melbourne June 28 to July 3 2019. ...more

Timorese have had a win but could still lose big-time

Posted Jan 22, 2017

Timorese have had a win but could still lose big-time

Frank Brennan in Eureka Street on the latest developments between Australia and Timor Leste Maritime Agreements dispute. ...more

Naughty or Nice List for Christmas - Ethical Shopping

Posted Dec 13, 2016

Naughty or Nice List for Christmas - Ethical Shopping

Oxfam - This Christmas, some clothing companies have been behaving better than others. Oxfam Australia does not endorse or have any affiliation with the featured companies. ...more

Ethical Purchasing

Posted Nov 15, 2016

Canberra school uniforms go ethical The ACT Government has updated its uniform guidelines to instruct public schools to source uniforms from ethical producers with a transparent supply chain. There are many reasons to switch to fairtrade uniforms. Find ethical suppliers at Ethical Clothing Australia. Schools are an important setting for promoting ...more

Another win for 'David' Timor against 'Goliath' Australia

Posted Oct 11, 2016

by Frank Brennan SJ - Eureka Street ...more

Message and Action Call from AFTINET

Posted Oct 8, 2016

  Hi Cecily, Anne and CCJP members,   Making a submission to the Senate inquiry into the TPP is a great opportunity to make your voice heard in the Senate – where it counts. Labor has the power to block the TPP in the Senate by joining with the Greens and the Nick Xenophon team to ...more

AFTINET Media Release - Great News

Posted Sep 21, 2016

A Senate Inquiry into the TPP has been called.. AFTINET is calling for support at a rally on Mon 26th Sept. ...more

Why we're making no progress tackling the exploitation of migrant workers

Posted Sep 6, 2016

Why we're making no progress tackling the exploitation of migrant workers

Interesting article from SBS - how do we respond to forms of temporary migrant labour exploitation, to ensure criminal charges, and civil and administrative remedies are pursued, writes Marie Segrave. ...more

AFTINET Action Call

Posted Aug 25, 2016

AFTINET Action Call

Write to Labor's new trade spokesperson about our concerns with the TPP ...more

AFTINET's election analysis: most minor parties and independents will oppose TPP

Posted Jul 20, 2016

AFTINET's election analysis: most minor parties and independents will oppose TPP

The Liberal National Coalition government has won just enough seats in the House of Representatives to form a majority government, but counting continues in the Senate. Our campaign succeeded in raising awareness about unfair trade agreements, with positive trade policies from Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team. There was ...more


CCJP is a proud member of AFTINET, the Australian Free Trade and Investment Network


Read our Check Outs on Fair Trade

An Overview of the TPPA

Don't Trade Away Our Health

Workers Rights, Not Corporate Rights

with thanks to AFTINET

Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of AFTINET, gave a Sunday Seminar in June 2015.

Download an edited transcript of Dr. Ranald's revealing address.

Download the audience Q&A  from Dr. Ranald's address.


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