#australia Joint Committee report makes case against #ACTA: Greens


Joint Committee report makes case against ACTA: Greens

Media Release: Greens Communications spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam. 27 June 2012.

The Australian Greens have welcomed the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties report into the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) tabled today.

“The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has thoroughly examined the text, the arguments and the positions taken by other governments and sees the writing on the wall; there appears a very real possibility that ACTA will not be ratified by sufficient countries in order to come into existence," said the Greens communication spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam.

“The Greens would welcome ACTA being ruled out completely because the content of this treaty is fatally flawed and the process that brought it about was shamefully and unnecessarily secretive. While our government did hold consultations they were farcical because those being consulted did not have the secret text and therefore couldn’t provide advice and feedback.

“Australia’s parliamentary committee is not alone in its detailed criticism of this Agreement. No less than five European Parliament Committees have recommended it be rejected. Several EU countries have suspended consideration until further notice and the Dutch Lower house has recommended its rejection outright. Hundreds of thousands of people have come out in demonstrations against ACTA throughout Europe and the United States.

“ACTA may well go down if governments listen to their people and parliamentary committees, however, many of the interests that drove ACTA are currently driving the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – the obligations of this Agreement being negotiated in secret will affect very similar areas such as affordable medicines, Australian content and digital copyright issues,” Senator Ludlam concluded.

The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties report into ACTA can be found at this link: http://tiny.cc/fthjgw

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

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