The Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, welcomes and backs the call by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) for the need for greater transparency around the health aspects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.
Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The Australian Medical Association is right to refuse to take the Government at their word when it comes to the impacts from the TPP.
“We already know from leaked texts that the Government is being asked to trade away how quickly generic medicines can come onto the market and to give extensive rights to pharmaceutical companies that would keep new generation medicines more expensive for longer.
“The United States Free Trade Agreement led to significant rises in the costs of medicines in Australia and the TPP will place additional upward pressure on prices.
“The Productivity Commission has said governments like to talk up the benefits of free trade deals but refuse to talk about the costs. Well, the cost of the TPP is likely to be higher medicine bills for the PBS and for patients.
“The Greens have been repeatedly calling for the Government to release the text of the TPP. The public has every right to know what it being traded away in their name,” he concluded.
NB: Comments from the AMA on transparency and the TPP can be found here.