Secrecy concerns grow amid legislative efforts to pass controversial TPP trade deal


The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Last year, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warrensaid this about the then-proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal being negotiated between the U.S. and several east Asian/western pacific nations:

I actually have had supporters of the deal say to me ‘They have to be secret, because if the American people knew what was actually in them, they would be opposed.’”

Now that legislative efforts to pass the TPP are underway, concerns about its secrecy are growing not just in America but also in Australia as well.  From The Sydney Morning HeraldLiberal Senator Bill Heffernan blasts Trade Minister over secret TPP talks:

Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan has blasted Trade Minister Andrew Robb for conducting Trans-Pacific Partnership talks in secret, preventing a “contest of ideas” that could uncover unintended consequences.

Despite knowing he will get “in trouble” for speaking out, the veteran senator criticised Mr…

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