Hear “Doctors without borders” speak on Medicines at AFTINET Public Forum, Sydney, 12.30 Wed 20th April 2016

Public Forum – Will the TPP survive the Australian and US elections?

12.30-2pm Wed April 20
Macquarie Room,
NSW Parliament House
Macquarie Street, Sydney

Speakers include:

Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET: The TPP and the Australian Election

US Public Citizen: TPP, Presidential Race and US Congress (by video)

Dr Jim Stanford, McMaster University, Canada:  Jobs and Workers’ Rights

Jon Edwards, Doctors without Borders (MSF): Medicines

Sarah Agar, CHOICE: Food Labelling and Product Standards

Limited places – please RSVP by April 19 to campaign@aftinet.org.au

The TPP trade deal between Australia, the US and 10 other Pacific Rim countries is being reviewed by a Parliamentary committee before Parliament votes on the implementing legislation. But the early recall of Parliament and possible election on July 2 will interrupt this process.

Community organisations representing over two million Australians, and over 300,000 individuals have urged MPs to vote against the TPP because it increases corporate rights at the expense of peoples’ rights.

Public opposition in the US is so strong that all presidential candidates are opposed, and it will not even be considered by the US Congress until after the November election.

This forum will discuss the TPP in the context of the Australian and US elections, and why Australian politicians should not rush to endorse the TPP legislation.

Public Forum Sydney, 14th March 6pm, Death By A Thousand Cuts: Turnbull’s Hidden War on Medicare

with special guest speakers
JOCELYN, Nurse and member of NSW Nurses and Midwives Association – speaking on how the cuts to bulk-billing for vital tests will damage our healthcare system and the quality of patient care
MEDICARE WORKER, member of the Community and Public Sector Union – speaking on how the possible Medicare payments privatisation will be a disaster for jobs, our healthcare system and our rights
+ time to discuss the next steps in the campaign

Not only will the pathology cuts mean we pay for x-rays, pap smears and blood tests, but the Turnbull government wants to sell off the Medicare benefits payment system to a private company. This, on top of billions of dollars in cuts to hospitals and health and the freeze on bulk-billing rates for GPs. Join us to hear from those on the front lines and find out what you can do to stop it.

MONDAY 14th MARCH 6pmNSW Trades Hall Training Rooms

377-383 Sussex St, Sydney

Call 0404 654 757 for more info/help getting in