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Tuesday, October 6th

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Ministers and negotiators lock in major TPP trade deal “The Federal Government says a new 12-country trade deal which covers 40% of the global economy is a "very big win" for Australia. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was clinched in the US city of Atlanta overnight after days of marathon talks and could influence everything from the price of cheese to the cost of cancer treatments … The Federal Opposition said the deal had "significant potential benefits" but it wanted to examine the fine details … The Greens are critical of the secrecy surrounding the deal, sceptical about the economic benefits and worried Australia could be sued under investor-state dispute settlement provisions.” (Also: The TPP explained)