We have a new Shadow Trade Minister: Jason Clare.
If we put pressure on Jason Clare to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we could edge the whole Labor Party closer to blocking one of the biggest corporate power grabs of a generation in the Senate.
And that would mean the end of the TPP in Australia.
Labor’s official position is that it will review trade deals that allow foreign companies to sue our government in secret courts for laws that may protect people like us, but hurt corporate profits.
But Labor still hasn’t told us whether it will reject the TPP altogether, which threatens our health, environment, and workers’ rights.
So with a new Shadow Trade Minister in place, we have an opportunity to make our demands heard as he settles into his new position.
Tell new Shadow Trade Minister Jason Clare that the TPP is bad news. Reject the trade deal now.
The TPP, a trade deal negotiated between the US and other Pacific Rim countries like Australia, will shift the power balance in favour of corporations, putting profit far above people.
Apart from the fact that it allows companies to sue our democratically elected governments, the TPP threatens to push up the price of crucial, potentially life-saving medicines. Big Pharma is fighting to protect its patents for longer so it can make more money -- making access to generic medicines so much harder.
Experts tell us that the TPP’s environmental and workers’ rights protections are weak, and it waters down our Internet freedoms.
The SumOfUs community in Australia has been at the forefront of opposing this dodgy trade deal from the very beginning: together we’ve chipped in to place ads in newspapers, we’ve delivered petitions to Parliament, and we’ve made submissions to public inquiries.
Let’s keep this momentum going. Jason Clare is in a very powerful position to show leadership and stop the TPP. But he won’t do it without pressure from us.
Sign the petition to Jason Clare and tell him to reject the TPP now.