30 Jan 2015

Australia is for sale:- Pacific free trade deal, is it giving away our rights as individuals and countries.

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If you download music illegally or rely on government-subsidised medicine, things might be about to get much worse for you.
Our pharmaceutical benefits could be under attack if a corporation took us to court saying it damaged their profitability.
The Australian government is negotiating a secretive deal, yes a totally secret deal with 11 other countries that could see you get a criminal record for illegally downloading copyrighted material along with many other things we can do now that are not illegal..
The deal – known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) – could also force your Internet provider to spy on you, increase the price of medicine, and allow foreign-owned corporations to sue the government for enacting policies that are in the public interest, our interest!
Despite the potentially serious effects on Australian consumers, the details of the agreement have been kept secret, prompting consumer groups to launch campaigns calling for the government to release details of the agreement.
So far the government has refused.
Why on earth are we being given little or no information about something that can have disastrous effects on our way of life.
The fear is that Big corporations will lord it over governments
The largest concern is around Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) provisions. These are mechanisms for businesses to take countries like Australia through an arbitration process when they possibly face financial loss due to a regulation or a change in law.
Such as the tobacco giant Philip Morris’ ongoing challenge to Australia’s plain packaging laws, which it is arguing are an infringement of Australia’s free trade deal with Hong Kong.
There are many other similar examples around the world. In El Salvador, for example, a Canadian company is suing the government for $315 million in “loss of future profits” because local citizens won a campaign against a gold mine that threatened to contaminate water supplies.
This, according to Deakin University economics lecturer Margaret McKenzie, could see foreign corporations interfering with government subsidies of essentials such as medicine and health care.
The issue is, how it affects the sovereignty in individual countries in favour of corporations.

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