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Last week PM Turnbull signed the TPP Agreement on behalf of Australians before it has been critically assessed for value by the Australian Productivity Commission (APC). Trade Minister Rob said it didn’t need to be examined by the APC as it was only about trade and Australia couldn’t afford not to be a part of it.
Curiously, nobody else believes that the 29 chapters and 6000 pages of the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) drafted over several years by transnational corporations in secret was just a trade agreement when it can be seen that they cover every aspects of Australia society from financial control of banks to working conditions. It’s been called a brazen corporate power grab. The transnational corporations spent millions lobbying for it.
The TPP and its sister agreement TISA (still kept secret from the Australian public), specify that each country joining the agreements MUST privatise all government services. The implications of this for health care in Australia were revealed this week when a secret government plan to privatise Heath and Medical Care was leaked stating that it was about to outsource $50 billion in Heath care to private organisations.
The TTIP the USA/European sister agreement to the TPP has already caused panic in the UK when the doctors warned the public that the TTIP would mean certain death to the public health care system there.
Australian doctors have also been worried as seen in an article in the medical Journal of Australia.. ‘TPPA has greater potential to affect domestic health policy and, ultimately, the quality of health services and public health.’
‘One of the key concerns for doctors is access to medicines. Intellectual property rules proposed for the TPPA, if adopted, are likely to prolong monopolies over new medicines and delay the availability of cheaper generics.’
‘Changes to PBS processes also proposed for the TPPA could compound these problems by preventing effective price regulation and giving the pharmaceutical industry more say in PBS decision making.’
‘The TPPA could also make the shared task of tackling chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and heart disease more difficult.’
‘Doctors should also be concerned about the implications of the TPPA for health services. The TPPA is expected to include rules to ensure private companies can compete on an equal footing with publicly funded or provided services.’
‘But if parts of the health system are privatised (such as Medicare claims processing and primary health care networks), this may not be reversible under the TPPA, regardless of any subsequent evidence of detrimental effects of such privatisation.’
We could be stuck with a US style Health care system.
The news about the secret privatisation plans for Australia’s Health Care system follows panic by the Teacher’s Unions as the teachers returned to school to be told that the TPP will also lead to the privatisation of their 250,000 jobs around Australia. The Baird LNP Government is already well under way privatising the NSW TAFE system which also runs HSC school courses. There are claims that it isn’t working and a total disaster with it just happened.
Recently the World Bank released information that Australia would hardly benefit from the TPP at all. We would gain about 0.7 % increase to our GDP by 2030. The TPP also frees up investment in Australia allowing foreign investors to own EVEN MORE of our country.
It seems quite credible that the LNP government are using the TPP/TISA trade agreement to launch a full scale attack on Australia’s welfare system. This fits in perfectly with the pro-privatisation sociopathic IPA corporate think tank which seems to be the guiding light of the Turnbull government.
What will be next? Privatisation of Australia’s prison system, water, power, public transport, beaches, public parks, roads, national parks… the list is endless. When will they sell the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge?
Don’t laugh… corporate control of all our government services will end up as corporate monopolies which can charge us anything they like for the services. Any effort to regulate them will be punished using the ISDS clause in the TPP which will allow the transnational corporations running health and education to sue the government for loss of profit and you and I will have to pay the penalties.
Kiwi protests closed NZ down last week when their prime minister signed the TPP. Nothing happened in Australia. The main stream Murdoch owned corporate media has kept uncannily silent over the TPP. It’s been more concerned about potential ISIS threats to the Australian way of life diverting out attention away from the corporate takeover of Australia by stealth through the TPP and TISA agreements. We were warned by Julian Assange about the TPP.
The Australian Greens are totally against the TPP as they believe it offers no real economic benefits, it will cost jobs, Australian sovereignty and have many detrimental aspects on our society especially in relation to the poor. Yesterday Bob Katter, Glen Lazarus and Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson have announced a cross bench alliance to fight against the ratification of the TPP.
It’s known that many in the Labor party are unhappy with it as well. Whether they have the guts to cross the floor over the issue still remains unclear.
Welcome to the brave new world where our conservative politicians have planned to sell our souls to shadowy foreign investors. They will all leave their political careers behind for lucrative new jobs with the transnationals that take over the country. You and your children have been BETRAYED for a quick profit by our greedy sociopathic politicians. What are you going to do about it?
Peter Whish Wilson’s office advises that there is a public parliamentary inquiry with a minimum of ninety days from tabling required to the ratification. The date will be published on the parliamentary website.
Are you going to join thousands of others in Stop the TPP protests over the next few weeks? A general protest has been called for the 8th April although this is not finalised. The union movement is also discussing strike actions.
Write to your members of parliaments. Join the Greens. Become an activist – think of it as your rent to live in a good country like Australia and help save our way of life.
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Selling Off the Family Jewels– a simple article about Privatisation in Australia