> (June 2004) Read the
analysis of the USFTA by the National Institute of Economic Research, which
predicts a loss of $46.9 million to Australia from the USFTA - download in PDF format.
> (Feb 2004) ALP Senate
Select Inquiry on USFTA: Opposition Leader Mark Latham and Shadow Trade Minister
Stephen Conroy released a statement on 27 Jan calling for a Senate Inquiry to begin as
soon as the text of any agreement becomes available. View the statement here.
> (Jan 2004) AFTINET delivered the copies of our USFTA Statement,
signed by 2,223 individuals and 63 organisations, to Minister Vaile's office. View the Statement here.
> (Dec 2003) Aust Institute Report: Pharmaceutical prices under the
USFTA - The Australia Institute report discussing the US's targeting of
Australia's intellectual property laws as part of the USFTA, and the impact this would
have on pharmaceutical prices. Click here for
the link to the report, the Australia Institute media release and an article from the Australian
Financial Review about the report.
> (Aug 2003) The USA is targeting the price referencing system of the
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme(PBS). AFTINET has produced a one page leaflet Keep
Medicines Affordable, about the impact of this on prices of medicines. View the
leaflet in HTML format or download in PDF Format. View the sample letter to Trade Minister Mark
Vaile raising these concerns.
> (June 2003) AFTINET's Submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs,
Defence and Trade References Committee Inquiry on GATS and a Aust - US Free Trade
Agreement - download in HTML
format or RTF format.
> (June 2003) Aust - US FTA threatens access to affordable medicines: speech
by Dr Peter Sainsbury, President, Australian Public Health Association at the launch of Trading
Australia Away? at NSW Parliament House, 20 May 2003.
> (May 2003) AFTINET leaflet, Trading Australia Away?,
outlining the concerns about the Aust-US Free Trade Agreement. The leaflet was launched on
20 May at Parliament House, Sydney(see a report in Bulletin
No 58). Download the leaflet in HTML format
or PDF format.
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Services (GATS) & other WTO Issues
> (Sept 2003) AFTINET
Submission on the Australian Government's policy for the 5th WTO Ministerial Conference,
Cancun, Mexico in Sept 2003 - View in HTML
format or download in PDF
> (July 2003) AFTINET leaflet - WTO
Negotiations: Trading Away Essential Services - on the WTO GATS negotiations.
Download the leaflet in HTML format or PDF format.
> (June 2003) US-Aust FTA threatens access to affordable medicines: speech by
Dr Peter Sainsbury, President, Australian Public Health Association at the launch of
"Trading Australia Away?" at NSW Parliament House, 20 May 2003
> (Mar 2003) Leaked EU GATS requests: Australian
Financial Review story; AFTINET media release: "EU requests Australia Post and
water privatisation"; "EU's secret plans hold poor countries to ransom",
Feb 25, 2003, The Guardian
> (Feb 2003) AFTINET
reponse to Government GATS Discussion Paper -
view the submission in HTML format or
download the submission in PDF
> Papers given at the AFTINET Seminar, Alternatives
to the WTO Agenda, on 10 November 2002:
> Introduction to the Seminar, by Dr
Patricia Ranald, Public Interest Advocacy Centre and AFTINET Convenor
> Power and Politics in the WTO, by Aileen
Kwa, Focus on the Global South
> Building alliances for alternatives,
by Rev. Dr. Ann Wansbrough, UnitingCare NSW.ACT
> Address to the Seminar by Julius Roe,
National President, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
> Investment, Competition & Government
Procurement at the WTO by Prof. Jane Kelsey, Action, Research and Education network of
Aotearoa (ARENA), New Zealand
> WTO, Indonesian Agriculture, and Food
Security by Nur Hidayat, Institute for Global Justice, Jakarta, Indonesia
> Workers and the FTAA (Free Trade Area of
the Americas), Presentation by Jesus Gonzalez, Director of the Human Rights Department
of the Trade Union Congress of Columbia, and Professor at the Valle University.
> AFTINET submission to the White Paper on Foreign Affairs and
Trade, July 2002
> The AFTINET publication,
WTO negotiations resurrecting the MAI? was launched on 24 April 2002 at the
NSW Parliament House. Click below to view the speeches given by the launchs guest
Rev. Dr. Ann Wansbrough, UnitingCare NSW.ACT
Dr Meredith Burgmann, President of the NSW Legislative Council
Senator John Cherry, Australian Democrats spokesperson on Trade
Senator Kerry Nettle, Aust Greens
> Trading Away Our
Water Rights? - speech by Dr Patricia Ranald for the Seminar on World Water Day,
22/03/02, Parliament House, Sydney.
> AFTINET Submission on the policy of the Australian
Government for the WTO Ministerial Meeting to be held in Doha, Qatar in November 2001.
Prepared by Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET
> Caring services or corporate markets?
Ann Wansbrough, Public Meeting 14 March
Trade & Workers Rights
Doug Cameron, AMWU Nat Secretary, 14 March 2001