[LINK] Re: Impacts of the Free Trade Agreement Ch. 17 (IP)
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Mar 16 10:54:06 EST 2004
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Here's the first opportunity for submissions opposing the IP aspects
of the FTA. The Government would of course like this to be our
The Joint Senate/HoR Committee on Treaties is to consider the US-FTA:
Submissions are required by 13 April 2004.
There appear to be no Terms of Reference for the Inquiry, apart from
the Committee's overall ToR which are to "review and report on all
treaty actions proposed by the Government before action is taken
which binds Australia to the terms of the treaty". Note carefully:
despite the rhetoric used a few weeks ago, we are *not* in any way
bound by the negotiations that Vaile conducted in the U.S. recently.
Short media release at:
Hearings are scheduled in 10 cities between 19 April and 14 May:
Canberra appears to be reserved for Government and peak bodies
The Committee comprises 9 Government, 6 Labor and 1 Democrat.
An ad is scheduled to appear in The Australian tomorrow, Wed 17 March.
My draft background paper is at:
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