||Issue No. 132||19 April 2002|
Interview: Generation Next
Legal: We’re All Terrorists Now
Unions: Holding the Baby
International: Taking It To The Streets
History: Off the Wall
Economics: Financing International Development
Satire: Queen Mum's Life Tragically Cut Short
Review: Return of The People’s Parliament
Poetry: Silent Night
The Locker Room
Week in Review
Where's the Silver Tail?
INVITATION TO AFTINET PUBLICATION LAUNCH
12.30, 24 April 2002,
Parliament House, Sydney
The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) invites you to the launch of its new publication: The MAI Resurrected?
What the New Round of World Trade Organisation Negotiations could mean for Australia by Dr Patricia Ranald, Principal Policy Officer, Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)
When: Wednesday 24 April at 12.30 pm.
Where: Jubilee Room, Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney.
The Australian government is taking part in negotiations in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and on proposed new WTO agreements on investment,
competition policy and government procurement. These proposals resurrect many of the negative features of the discredited draft Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), which collapsed in 1998 after it was exposed by community debate.
These negotiations could result in:
reduced ability of governments to regulate essential services like electricity or water to ensure equitable prices and environmental sustainability
privatisation of public services like health and education by opening up their funding to transnational corporations
removal of the right to limit level of foreign investment in strategic industries like the media, telecommunications or airlines, or
to use government purchasing to help local
The publications explains the WTO process, how we can hold our government accountable and campaign against these outcomes, and for a trade framework which respects human rights and the environment.
Speakers include :
The Rev Dr Ann Wansbrough, Uniting Church Minister
Julius Roe, National President, Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union
Dr Meredith Burgmann, President, Legislative Council of NSW
Senator John Cherry, Australian Democrats Spokesperson on Trade
Senator elect Kerry Nettle, Greens NSW
For more information contact Sarah Mitchell at email@example.com.
Thanks to the Uniting Church for funding assistance with the publication and to the Mercy Foundation for campaign funding.
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