WE COULD BE THROWING THE BABIES OUT WITH THE BATH WATER!
There are serious concerns from a range of groups that the proposed pact will have a profound effect on the provision of public services.
Negotiations on the Tisa resume in Geneva on Monday.
The 23 parties to the agreement are Australia, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, the European Union (representing its 28 member states), Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States.
A report, released at the Australian embassy in Geneva on Monday, contends that:-- "The Trade in Services Agreement(Tisa) is “among an alarming new wave of trade and investment agreements founded on legally binding powers that institutionalise the rights of investors and prohibit government actions in a wide range of areas only incidentally related to trade”.
This agreement will prevent governments from returning public services to public hands when privatisations fail
It will restrict domestic regulations on worker safety, will limit environmental regulations and will affect consumer protections
Stop our regulatory authorities from taking action in areas such as licensing of health care facilities, power plants, waste disposal and university and school accreditation.
Will our present government sign such an agreement.
Yes, unless we let them know our opinion on such agreements as these they'll sell everything off don't kid yourself. Once you sell your sole to this particular devil you can't get it back
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