Anti-free trade agreement rally

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SYDNEY — Fifty global justice activists protested outside a "breakfast speech" by trade minister Mark Vaile, to the Australian Institute of Export in Sydney's CBD, early on the morning of May 31. They were opposing a free trade agreement with the US which would sacrifice important areas of Australian social and environmental policy.

The action was organised by Global Justice Sydney, Aid/Watch, and AFTINET (the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network). Speakers included Doug Cameron, the national secretary of the AMWU, Dr Peter Sainsbury from the Public Health Association, who spoke about the planned scrapping

of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and Uniting Church Reverend Dr Ann Wansbrough.

From Green Left Weekly, June 4, 2003.

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