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Is the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiation dead in the water?

With the Gillard government now committed to opposing a central demand of US negotiators in the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, the deal is dead in the water unless the USA agrees to drop its demand for Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions or allows Australia an exclusion provision, the Australian Greens.

On questioning from the Greens in Question Time today, the government made it clear that it "does not support provisions that would confer greater legal rights on foreign businesses than those available to domestic businesses".

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Rally speech – 8 March

There are a number of things I would like to do today but I can't.

I would like to talk to you about the detail of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) - but I can't, the draft text is being negotiated in secret.

I would like to reassure you that the US negotiators aren't demanding changes to our domestic policies - but I can't and the leaks suggest they are.

I would like to explain how the draft agreement will impact on the regulation of intellectual property in Australia - but I can't, it's confidential.

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