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Who’s Afraid Of The TPP?

As secret negotiations continue in Salt Lake City, a leaked draft of one chapter of the world’s largest free-trade agreement, published by WikiLeaks, has drawn serious criticism. In this Global Mail podcast, we look at what’s getting some people so riled about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Global Mail contacted Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb’s office for comment, but did not receive a reply before publication deadline.

Read Mike Seccombe’s story about investor-state trade disputes, “Abbott: Open For Business — And Multinational Lawsuits”.

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9 comments on this story
by Alan Raby

Succinct, well produced and should be heard elsewhere. Ever thought of arranging a regular spot on the Community Broadcasting Associatiion of Australia's satellite service to all of the country's community radio stations? i.e. a 30 minute weekly show of the "best of the Global Mail's podacasts?"
(I am a news-buff and retired PR consultant and now commnity radio presenter of a weekly folk music show on one community radio station)

November 30, 2013 @ 10:47am
by Lee

When do we start to name our leaders as traitors for selling out our nations rights to the multi-nationals and other rent seekers?

November 30, 2013 @ 11:31am
by John Crofts

This right wing agenda needs to be exposed by mainstream media as the sell out it is! Let's hear from those in the Howard government who negotiated these rorts for others (especially the US) about the alleged advantages for Australia. It would be interesting to hear the spin vis a vis the facts some years down the track. Perhaps an investigative journalism opportunity for those with courage. News Corp journalists don't need to apply!

November 30, 2013 @ 5:21pm
by MG

Anyone who seriously expects, demands or holds politicians responsible for anything or anyone else except themselves, is seriously delusional.

How about some good stories, instead of the usual fare of doom, gloom and conspiracy?


December 1, 2013 @ 9:29am
by Fran Murrell

The right wing is the mainstream media!

December 2, 2013 @ 1:56pm
by Marg1

This is really scary stuff - why aren't people/journalists making a fuss about this? Thank heavens we have people like Mike Seccombe and The Global Mail. Come on people lobby the government, this would be disastrous if it comes in.

December 3, 2013 @ 12:11pm
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by Julian

The TPP and TAFTA are the artifacts of a corporatocracy at work. This is the source of all the wrong in the world now. The Neoliberal nightmare. Governments Right and Left are permeated with corruption, from Obama to Abbott to Blair to Bush to Cameron. The outrage we feel is in a sense misguided because electing the other mob really makes no difference. While we sit around the corporations are taking over. Corporations are represented far better by governments than the people they are supposed to serve (and they don't vote). See the film 'Inside Job' about the GFC, see 'Food Inc', see 'Mediastan', see 'The Corporation' and you will start to see the bigger picture. Listen to your leaders defame the whistleblowers. Watch them assemble a mass surveillance state around you.
We need change! We need an entirely new way of governing ourselves, a way that serves us. Another election won't do it!

December 4, 2013 @ 10:31pm
by The Truth

Wikileaks linked to the second part of the Agreement, where there is some agreement on the PBS and others.
Links to the files. You can find them on twitter, or here:

December 10, 2013 @ 11:53am
by RonaldR

Abbott is intent on committing Australia to the Obama TPP -he should be asking why have a lot of the asian countries bailed out and chosen a trade alliance with china -we have got the shitty end of the stick on all other trade agreements and this one we will be submerged in shit.

January 4, 2014 @ 6:19pm
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