The Greens spokesperson on Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson is calling on the Trade Minister Andrew Robb, to reveal what he is trading away in the rushed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP).
Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Andrew Robb revealed in an ABC interview today that he hopes that Trans-Pacific Partnership deal could occur within weeks, at least a month earlier than the US Trade Representative Michael Froman said was even possible.
“This shows how desperate Australia’s Trade Minister is to land another trade deal, regardless of how bad it is for Australians, in an attempt to find a distraction from the internal Liberal Party turmoil.
“Australians are only aware of what is in this deal because of the leaked texts from Wikilieaks.
“Despite the members of the US Congress being able to view the TPP text, the Australian Parliament and the Australian public won’t see it until well after the Coalition Cabinet has endorsed it.
“From those leaks we know that the TPP will risk higher prices for medicines, restrict our digital rights and allow the Australian government to be sued by corporations in shady international arbitration panels.
“The Trade Minister needs to release the text of the TPP so it can be available for public scrutiny.
“The Greens are the only party that has consistently taken a stand and voted against these dangerous and undemocratic trade deals that do nothing to advance fair trade around our planet.
“Andrew Robb is seeking bi-partisan support for the TPP. The Labor Party needs to be upfront about whether they are going to vote for this trade deal, a deal which so strongly trades away the rights of the public to the advantage of corporations,” he concluded.