A broad cross section from community groups, unions and environment organisations braved driving rain and wind at today's FAIR DEAL or NO DEAL! rally in Sydney's Martin place to raise serious concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the biggest trade deal in Australia's history being negotiated in secret with the US, and ten other countries.
"Right now Prime Minister Abbott is negotiating a secret trade deal that will undermine our rights and our democracy" said Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon who spoke at the rally today.
"What we know from leaked documents about TPPA is that it could give special rights for foreign investors to sue governments over health and environmental laws and give multinational pharmaceutical companies more power - threatening access to affordable medicines for Australians and our Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
"Today's ralIy revealed a growing number of organisations are coming together to build a diverse alliance opposed to the TPPA in its current form.
Australian Greens spokesperson for Trade Senator Peter Whish-Wilson will move a motion in the Senate when it next sits on December 2nd, to end the secrecy around the TPPA trade talks.
"Deals this big can't be kept secret. For years the Greens have been calling for the details of TPPA negotiations to be made public" said Senator Whish-Wilson.
"The leaks have revealed that this agreement could allow American companies the right to put Australian internet users under surveillance, place at risk human rights, the climate, labour rights, food labelling, purchase of agricultural lands and more.
"Secrecy is no way to trade. Tony Abbott must tell us what he is preparing to trade away.
The Coalition Government wants to finish the negotiations by the end of this year.