Tag Archives: TPP

GREG WOOD. The TPP is dead – so scotch ISDS

With the Trans Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) demise, Australia should take the chance to reconsider its approach to international trade negotiations. Certainly we should never again sign an agreement with wide ranging Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions (ISDS) which are definitely … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Foreign Affairs, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on GREG WOOD. The TPP is dead – so scotch ISDS

ANDREW FARRAN. To TPP or not to TPP? – Trade negotiators need to get back to first principles,

If the compounding mess of the global trading ‘system’ is to be overcome, trade negotiators need to get back to first principles.  

Posted in Foreign Affairs | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on ANDREW FARRAN. To TPP or not to TPP? – Trade negotiators need to get back to first principles,

BERNARD KEANE. Good riddance to the trade deal from hell.

The bigger problem with the TPP was that it simply had virtually no benefits for Australia.  

Posted in Economy, Foreign Affairs, Politics | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

RICHARD WOOLCOTT. Foreign policy issues during and after the July 2 Election

  The Turnbull Government and the Shorten Opposition have focussed on domestic issues in the election campaign.  This is understandable but in the longer term the Government elected on the 2nd of July will need to address the greatly changed world … Continue reading

Posted in Australia and Asia, Defence/Security, Federal Election 2016, Foreign Affairs, Politics | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

John Menadue. Slogans vs Facts.

In my post of 16 September, I referred to the continual exaggeration over the benefits of Free Trade Agreements. There has been quite a pattern of this type of exaggeration with slogans rather than facts. One example of slogans and … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Foreign Affairs, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Trans Pacific Partnership and consumer rights.

The consumer magazine Choice has recently carried articles by Sarah Agar about the TPP and what might be traded away in terms of cheaper medicines, public interest laws and food labelling. This report was updated on 29 July, about a … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Foreign Affairs, Politics | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Trans Pacific Partnership and consumer rights.

John Menadue. Triple-dipping by Big Pharma.

Current Affairs The major pharmaceutical companies in Australia, almost all foreign owned, keep pushing their luck at the expense of Australian consumers and taxpayers. In my series on health reform, I pointed to a minimum of $2 b. p.a. that … Continue reading

Posted in Current affairs, Economy, Health, Vested Interests | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

John Menadue. The media, our region and the PM’s visit.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Japan, the Republic of Korea and China, highlighted for me the problems of media reporting and understanding our region. I have posted blogs on our media. See April 17, 2013, ‘Media failure: the tale of … Continue reading

Posted in Australia and Asia, Foreign Affairs, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment