Prime Minister Abbott should immediately stop the clock on negotiations over the secret text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which threatens to further extend the power of foreign multinational companies.
In the event that Parliament ever resumes, the Australian Greens will move for the Joint Standing Treaties Committee to urgently review what the Abbott Government is proposing to sign us up to.
"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.
"We understand there are still significant areas of disagreement between governments on the TPP, but that it could be signed as early as the first week of December.
"Last year the Australian Greens secured a recommendation in a Treaties Report that: "prior to commencing negotiations for a new agreement, the Government table in Parliament a document setting out its priorities and objectives including independent analysis of the anticipated costs and benefits of the agreement".
"Making a statement setting out the costs and benefits of such a dangerous treaty instrument is the very least the Government should do. In the meantime the Greens will work to force disclosure of what this secretive Government is actually up to," said Senator Ludlam.
Joint statement from Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Greens on TPPA issued August 2012 http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/content/news-stories/joint-statemen...