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Australia Department of Foreign Affairs - Department for ACTA

Fluffeh (1273756) writes | more than 2 years ago

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Fluffeh writes "The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade emerged as ACTA’s cheerleader-in-chief in Australia (later picked up on other sites), trumpeting the benefits of the treaty before a rare open federal parliamentary committee. Australia’s lack of public and political opposition to ACTA stands somewhat alone in the international community, accentuated by limited local media coverage. The rare light shone on Australia’s role in negotiations during last week’s “Justice Standing Committee” hearing only came after the treaty had already been signed in October, 2011 – as was noted more than once by the handful of politicians present. Senator Scott Ludlam, an outspoken supporter of Julian Assange and his Wikileaks organisation, seized the opportunity to grill the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and other supporters of ACTA who presented themselves.

The articles also go into depth about the impacts of ACTA on many areas — such as Australia's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, a government program that provides subsidised drugs and medicines to the entire population. Bans on the use of generic medicines could see massive blow-outs in the cost of the scheme."

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