AFTINET supplies education materials, regular bulletins and speakers at public events. We make submissions to government and opposition parties to change Australian trade policy. We form links with similar organisations in other countries to argue for different and fairer rules for international trade and investment.
There is widespread concern that current trade policy gives priority to the flow of goods, services, investment and finance at the expense of local development, protection of the environment and human rights.
Trade agreements can restrict the scope of legitimate government regulation in many areas. Under the guise of deregulation and free trade, regulatory powers are in fact transferred to international institutions beyond the reach of democratic accountability.
• Pressuring government to publish previously secret information about trade negotiations, enabling community groups to debate them.
• Raising awareness of the social impacts of trade agreements through community education, submissions to government and media debate.
• Defeating some of the worst proposals in the AUSFTA, like threats to GM food labeling, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and giving corporations the right to sue governments over trade agreement rules.