Havachats are week-long email dialogues between two prominent
advocates on an issue of the day. To vote on the issue and make your view count,
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Doug goes first. Alan responds.
From: Doug Cameron
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2003 13:15
To: Alan Oxley
The AMWU has demonstrated our commitment to achieving an internationally competitive
We have also been active in achieving increased investment through Industry
Superannuation Funds in venture capital for Australian manufacturing companies
(your term “Pension Fund" demonstrates how quickly you can be captured by
American culture and practice). I have also been personally involved in discussions
with major overseas corporations which have resulted in increased overseas investment
We welcome an increased engagement with the world economy including increased
exports of our manufactured goods, however we do have significant concerns as
to the nature and structure of the current so-called "rules based" trading
regime based on the WTO, IMF, and World Bank.
There are also significant issues relating to Australia's sovereignty and
capacity to act in the interests of the nation, its communities and jobs under
This debate has also highlighted widespread concern as to the nature of bilateral
trade agreements such as the USFTA. I do not believe you have answered these concerns
in your contributions.
You continue to make wide-ranging unsubstantiated assertions in your increasingly
partisan, blinkered and strident advocacy of a USFTA.
It is too easy to brand genuine concerns as a "scare campaign". I
have raised a range of issues including the economic, social and cultural problems
that could arise from a USFTA. Many of the issues identified have also been raised
by the broader community, and academics as issues that must be addressed in a
reasoned, balanced and analytical manner.
So far most of the independent analysis questions the benefits of a USFTA.
Proponents of the USFTA will need to do better than the "trust me, you're
getting a bargain" approach epitomised by your contributions to this debate.
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