[LINK] Make the AUSFTA an electronic agreement
tomw99 at fastmail.fm
Fri Mar 5 13:51:51 EST 2004
At 3/4/2004 05:53 PM, Roger Clarke wrote:
>Tom Worthington <Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au>:
>>This is to propose the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement be
>>published in one standard, easy to read, stable electronic document format ...
>Shame on you Tom - you're looking at form, when what matters is substance. ...
To deal with the substance of the draft FTA it is necessary to be able to
read it. Having an efficient electronic version which can be searched and
analyzed should help.
>None of us should waste time on frivolities, and should instead get out
>into the streets ...
It is not frivolous to see what is proposed before objecting to it. Before
taking to the barricades I suggest identifying what is wrong in the draft
and proposing the minimum changes to make it acceptable. Apart from general
philosophical opposition to FTAs, changing a few dozen words should satisfy
As an example of what might be done, Australia has already made FTAs with
other countries. Assuming those agreements are acceptable, their text
(which is on Auslii) could be compared with the US draft and the
differences highlighted. Changes to the US draft could then be proposed to
make it more like the other agreements.
Tom Worthington FACS tom.worthington at tomw.net.au Ph: 0419 496150
Director, Tomw Communications Pty Ltd ABN: 17 088 714 309
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