An update on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

We’ve told you about the TPP a few times in the last two years.

The super-secret trade deal is still lurching ahead like an unkillable zombie. At least we now have the Prime Minister starting to tell us the truth about the effects on Pharmac:

At the end of October the negotiators got together in Sydney, then again at APEC in China and again the G20 meeting in Australia. At these meetings they talked about… well that’s the problem, we just don’t know.

Trade Minister Tim Groser has said:

“We are trying to make this negotiation a success, and the member [Phil Goff] is well aware that there is some quite heavy politics here and that full disclosure to certain parties is likely to lead this to go immediately into the public debate on an ill-informed basis before the deal has been done.”

This was in response to a question in Parliament asking why the minister hadn’t released the text to non-Governmental groups even though he is allowed to. The “certain parties” that Groser’s talking about here are medical professionals.

Recently I was part of an online live event discussing the TPP and where the participants understand the negotiations to be at. The video is embedded below. It’s long but will give you a good idea of where we think the TPP is at and what we see the issues are surrounding the intellectual property (IP) chapter.

About the author:

Hadyn Green is a geek. He loves shiny new tech and the chance to try to break it. Because it's the kind of thing people ask, here is the tech Hadyn currently uses. Phone: Sony Z2 Tablet: iPad mini retina. Music player: Spotify. Headphones: Sony MDR-G55 (for walking because I hate earbuds) and Beats Studio noise-cancelling (for sitting at my desk and tuning out the world). E-Reader: Kindle Touch. Gaming: PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Internet Service Provider: Snap.