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Tuesday, 12 November 2002
Page: 6055

To the Honourable the President and the members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The Petition of the undersigned shows our concern that:

That Australia is currently involved in a new round of negotiations on the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) though the World Trade Organisation (WTO). We are concerned that this negotiation process is not open or transparent nor is there sufficient accountability to the Australian community for the decisions made in this process. We are concerned that further trade liberalisation through GATS will have a significant effect on the provisions of public service in Australia such as health, education and water services and national sovereignty generally.

Your petitioners request the Senate should:

Commission and inquiry into GATS to ensure that the potential ramifications of this round of negotiations receive sufficient scrutiny and public debate. Further to this, we seek a moratorium on further GATS commitments until a Senate Inquiry takes place.

by Senator Moore (from 267 citizens).