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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Stopping the TPP isn't enough.

While our focus is of course on the Transpacific Partnership which of course will grant Corporations excessive unacceptable powers of a magnitude the people of Australia have only a leaked synopsis to know, Governments of the proposed TPP and TPIP signatory countries are bringing in TPP compliant laws to cater to the Transnational Corporations desires in advance of and perhaps ultimately instead of the TPP. 

   Peru has passed laws giving police immunity from prosecution for shooting protesters in the immediate aftermath of the Glencore Xstrata La Bambas strikes fiasco. The move has sparked fears among human rights groups that there will be no reprieve for any excessive use of force as the mining industry continues to push into indigenous lands in Peru.

 New Zealand has given the Military powers to arrest protesters opposing mining or oil/gas drilling

 Australia is witnessing the prospect of the selectively applied Queensland VLAD laws becoming law in all States and Federally. We have seen the so called Anti Terror laws passed with scarcely a murmur.Today we confront the possibility that Mandatory Data Retention will apply to all our telephone and internet based communications effecting a mass criminalisation slur on all Australian people and businesses. 

  The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website states that The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is one possible pathway toward realising the vision of a free trade area of the Asia-Pacific. One could and should conclude that it is by no means the only mechanism to implement the reality transnationals are demanding. The author suggests that it is imperative that those who oppose the TPP also oppose smaller implementations of the TPP goals within the wider legal framework. To not do so may well mean that ultimately we win the battle to Stop the TPP but in doing so lose the war we never considered.

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