The Green Parties of Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and Canada have released a joint statement expressing their serious concerns about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) being negotiated by their governments. Following the leaking of the draft investment chapter of the TPPA the Greens are extremely concerned that the agreement has the potential to undermine the ability of our governments to perform effectively. More than just another trade agreement, the TPPA provisions could hinder access to safe, affordable medicines, weaken local content rules for media, stifle high-tech innovation, and even restrict the ability of future governments to legislate for the good of public health and the environment.
The Green parties also expressed their concern at the fundamentally undemocratic and non-transparent nature of the negotiations which are being conducted behind closed doors with a level of secrecy that is completely unacceptable in a democratic society.
The TPPA builds on the P4 agreement between New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei and Chile and also the free trade agreements between the United States and Singapore, Australia, Canada and Mexico. Negotiations now also include Peru, Vietnam and Malaysia, with Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines also expressing an interest in joining the negotiations.
You can find the full statement from the New Zealand, Australian and Canadian Greens here.