MR: Consumers likely to lose out if Australia signs secretive trade deal

Australians hold serious concerns about a secretive trade deal which risks a blow-out in the cost of medicines, less Australian television content and relaxed labelling of genetically modified foods, according to a new report being released by The Australia Institute today.

The report titled “A democracy deficit?” shows that only 11 per cent of people surveyed said they ‘definitely knew’ about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). 

Once people were informed of the deal, they overwhelmingly opposed the secrecy; 87 per cent believe that free trade agreements should be made public before they are agreed to by the government.   

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