Monday 25th November 2013
What would you think of a Government that wants to make it easier for foreign-based companies to sue Australia for daring to do things like introduce the plain packaging of cigarettes or ban coal seam gas mining (fracking)?
What would you think of a Government that is willing to negotiate away our Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in the interests of profits for global drug companies?
What would you think of a Government that is willing to see cheaper generic drugs becoming a thing of the past, to the detriment of people in developing countries?
What would you think of a Government that is willing to give up its right to regulate in the interest of health and the environment just so that private companies can make more money?
What would you think of a Government that is willing to privatise public services in the interest of corporate wealth rather than providing quality services to the community?
All of these things are being negotiated right now by the Australian Government.
Through Free Trade Agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and the Trades In Services Agreement (TISA), our Government is dealing away our democracy. Health and environmental regulations will be based on the needs of multinational companies, not the Australian people.
On 29 November 2013 at 12pm Martin Place Sydney, the NSWNMA and other union and community groups will be sending the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb a message that we want fair trade, not free trade.
We need your voice and presence at this important rally. The Minister will be meeting and dealing with trade ministers from around the world in Bali the following week. Here’s our chance to tell our Government to put people before profit.
Let us know if you are coming: firstname.lastname@example.org
See www.aftinet.org.au for more information.