Public Forum – Will the TPP survive the Australian and US elections?
12.30-2pm Wed April 20
NSW Parliament House
Macquarie Street, Sydney
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 email@example.com
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.