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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 10:41

Calling for a stop to ratify Trans-Pacific Partnership

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trade shipNearly 60 community organisations, including Catholic Religious Australia, have called for an independent assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership before Parliament is asked to vote on ratifying the agreement, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

A large alliance of groups - from World Vision and the Public Health Association, to Greenpeace, the ACTU, Catholic Religious Australia and the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network - have signed a letter warning the agreement poses "grave risks to the public interest" without being independently assessed.

"We believe Parliament should not vote on the implementing legislation until the following independent assessments of the text have been conducted: an independent assessment of [its] economic costs and benefits, as offered by the Productivity Commission, including costs and risks to government of Investor State Dispute Settlement [provisions] and extension of medicine and copyright monopolies; and independent health, environment, human rights and labour rights assessments."

Read the full story published on 3 February 2016 from the Sydney Morning Herald.