The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade deal currently being negotiated between Australia and eleven other countries. Although corporations and governments have seen the draft text, the public are being kept in the dark.
However, the little information we have seen has been very concerning and could lead to higher prices for essential medicines and special rights for foreign companies to sue our democratically elected governments over changes to health, environmental or industrial relations laws and policies.
At this very moment, the Australian Government is being sued by Philip Morris over its tobacco plain-packaging legislation despite the High Court already finding the changes to be legal. But, because a decade-old free trade agreement between Australia and Hong Kong, Philip Morris is still able to sue. The TPP dwarfs our Hong Kong agreement. If it gets through, which companies will be suing Australia next?