Tag: Australian Fair Trade Network

Fair trade group welcomes rejection of ACTA

Press Release – Australian Fair Trade Network “We welcome the criticism of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, which has today released a report recommending a delay in ratification of the agreement,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the … Media release June 27, 2012 Fair trade group welcomes Parliamentary Committee rejection of Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement (ACTA) and condemns similar proposals in Trans-Pacific negotiations “We welcome the criticism of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, which has today released a report recommending a delay in ratification of the agreement,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network, said today. “These recommendations respond to concerns raised by a wide range of civil society groups, including public library groups, internet users and IT groups, academic experts and generic medicine manufacturers,” said Dr Ranald. “The committee report notes that many of the agreement’s provisions are ambiguous and could give increased rights to copyright and patent holders at the expense of members of the public, especially in relation to Internet copyright. It also argues that the agreement is unbalanced in potentially applying criminal penalties and undefined civil damages to single acts like temporarily storing data or forwarding e-mails, without adequate protection to ensure that individuals are treated fairly,” explained Dr Ranald. “Although there was public consultation, the report notes...

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Fair Deal or No Deal in Trans-Pacific Partnership

Press Release – Australian Fair Trade Network Media Alert Thursday February 23, 2012 Public Health groups, Unions demand Fair Deal or No Deal in Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations; events list Melbourne March 1-9 The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations between …Media Alert Thursday February 23, 2012 Public Health groups, Unions demand Fair Deal or No Deal in Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations; events list Melbourne March 1-9 The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations between the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam continue in Melbourne, March 1-9. The negotiations began in 2010, but have been delayed by controversial US proposals which would give corporations the right to sue governments for damages, and give pharmaceutical corporations greater rights to charge high prices for longer for medicines. Community groups oppose these demands and also want enforceable labour rights and environmental protections in the agreement. The Australian Fair Trade & Investment Network (AFTINET), the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), and the Victorian Trades Hall Council are sponsoring events to expose these issues to public debate and urge the Australian government to stand by its policies and not agree to harmful US proposals. They will be joined by international speakers from the United States, New Zealand and other TPPA countries. 1) Public Forum Free Trade or Fair Trade?, Thursday 1st...

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