Trans Pacific Partnership

Fears of Pacific free trade deal push with TPP gone

PACER-Plus promises a trade and economic integration deal between the Pacific island countries and Australia and New Zealand.

It has been under negotiation for eight years.

The Pacific Network Against Globalisation's campaigner, Adam Wolfenden, said the collapse of the TPP presented Australia and New Zealand with a chance to reframe PACER Plus.

US and Australia in TPP stand-off

Negotiations being held in Atlanta for the 12-nation pact were extended yet again as trade ministers struggle to agree on access to drugs and dairy - two major sticking points.

America wanted at least 8 years' patent protection for biological drugs, while Australia and Chile wanted to keep the status quo of five years.

Biological drugs are next generation medicines that are made by extracting cells from living organisms such as plants and animals.