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March 15 – 17 - March in March – Protest Abbott government See lower down page
PETITIONS ABOUT THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP
If you believe that Australians should get to choose their own policies and have their basic democratic rights honoured and protected, without fear of legal retribution by foreign corporations then please sign this petition!
Don’t let foreign corporations sue Australia over our policies on GE crops, coal seam gas, health & more! https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Dont_let_foreign_corporations_sue_Australia_for_millionsbillions_over_our_policies_on_GE_crops_coal_seam_gas_more/ The decision by Prime Minister Abbott to reverse the blanket prohibition on ‘investor-state dispute settlement’ (ISDS) provisions in Australia’s upcoming trade negotiations has the potential to irreversibly damage Australia’s national interests by limiting Australia’s ability to set its own policies when it comes to health, the environment, social policies and more.
This is because this new policy will give foreign corporations the right to sue the Australian Government if they believe our policies will damage their corporate interests.
This means that biotechnology corporations could sue Tasmania and South Australia over their respective moratoriums / bans on Genetically Engineered (GE) crops. New South Wales could be sued over their environmental guidelines on coal seam gas extraction and any communities choosing to enact a moratorium on coal seam gas extraction could be sued as well. Pharmaceutical companies could sue Australia over our Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS). We could also be sued if we ever wanted to ban harmful pesticides or institute stricter environmental standards in any area of our economy that might impact the interests of a foreign corporation. And that’s just to name a few… And if you think this all sounds so totally outrageous that it couldn’t possibly happen to us here in Australia, then its well worth considering the impact of what ISDS provisions are currently doing in Canada – Quebec province had a US$250 million lawsuit launched against them after they called a moratorium on shale gas extraction (fracking) as they need time to assess the potential environmental impacts of fracking on their water supply. That’s not to mention the US$500 million case being bought against Canada under ISDS provisions by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly over patent decisions made by the Canadian Federal Courts. In fact, here in Australia even though tobacco companies lost their case on our plain packaging laws in the Australian High Court, one tobacco company – Philip Morris – is now suing Australia in an international tribunal using an ISDS provision that Australia signed with Hong Kong back in the 1990s. While it’s bad enough that this change of policy by Prime Minister Abbott will potentially transfer millions (or possibly even billions!) of taxpayer dollars to foreign corporations through preposterous lawsuits, this is nothing compared to the total and irreversible loss of national sovereignty this policy would bring to Australia.
About the petition author: Hi and thanks so much for checking out this petition. My name is Tracey Tipping and I am extremely passionate about all things eco, organic and natural! I run an online eco store – Eternal Source – and love researching and writing about chemical toxicity, organic products and other environmental issues. I moved to Tassie last year with my hubby and 2-year-old son in search of a cleaner, more natural and family friendly community to raise our family in.
Rally for a better Australia NOW. March in March – People Power.
On the weekend of the 15th-17th March, Australia unites to march in protest the Abbott Government. This is a national event aimed to bring together the hundreds of thousands of citizens with no confidence in the current government.
The opportunity to stand up for a better Australia is now.
Starting in Belmore Park in the CBD we will have speakers addressing the following national issues:
Environmental protection/climate change
Refugees & Asylum Seekers
The dismantling of public services
Speakers to be confirmed and announced soon.
Watch this space.
We would like to invite community groups to participate in our march. If you have a group interested in being involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About March in March Australia:
The purpose of March in March Australia 2014 is to provide the people of Australia with the opportunity to come together to protest a unity vote of no confidence in the Abbott Government in Canberra, capital cities and regional centres throughout Australia.
Who are we?
March in March Australia is a core group of four individuals with volunteers in each capital city and regional centre.
This is a non-partisan organised protest. We are a group of concerned citizens not affiliated with any political party or group.
If you have skills to share please get in touch with the organisers via email.
March in March Sydney
However, we’re just very keen to support Frontline Films David Bradbury is an Australian film-maker who has earned an international reputation as a film maker willing to go to extraordinary lengths for a cause, exposing political oppression and environmental vandalism.
He is currently producing a very up to date film on the situation of nuclear power – globally. Bradbury’s Frontline Films nevertheless runs on the proverbiial shoe string – and with little encouragement from the mainstream media.
We believe that Frontline Film’s newest documentary will be a remarkable and eye-opening film. But David Bradbury needs funds to get these filmed events and interviews edited, and onto DVD and film. And then – to get this – the most up to date film about the global nuclear scene to the 2nd International Uranium Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro 28. June – 14. July 2012.
So – we’re calling for donations. The Frontline Film Foundation is a registered charity and has tax deductible status. All you need is these banking details:
Frontline Film Foundation
Southern Cross Credit Union
A/C #: 86527
For more information – go to http://www.frontlinefilmfoundation.org/index.htm